Just one out of a possible 775 development approvals was refused on the basis that it would harm the southern black-throated finch, despite this endangered species being protected by federal law.
Indian mining firm Adani has announced scaled-down plans for its planned Queensland coal mine, which it will now fund itself. But there are still many questions hanging over the project.
Anti-fossil fuel activism is gaining ground where previous climate campaigns have failed, largely because it resonates better with people.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Lawrence Pratchett about this weekend's elections.
Labor sources are talking down the chances of Ged Kearney in Batman, though the party is not writing off the seat.
Politics podcast: the Batman byelection battleground.
On Saturday, Labor and Bill Shorten face a major test in the Melbourne seat of Batman.
Malcolm Turnbull handled the Barnaby Joyce affair badly and his ban on ministers having sex with members of their staff is risible, according to 'soft voters' in focus groups.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Adani is being seen as a test of Bill Shorten's commitment to policy integrity versus his willingness to say and do whatever is politically expedient.
Australia's federal environment laws are inadequate to halt Australia's alarming rates of land clearing and species loss. A more robust set of laws are urgently needed.
Michelle Grattan discusses the week in Australian politics with Nicholas Klomp.
Barnaby Joyce's position appears to have been weakened rather than strengthened by his publicity tactic.
The federal government considered prosecuting Adani's potential environmental negligence over the history of its Australian CEO.
The reallocation is short and long Senate terms for Tasmania distorts the 2016 election result.
The Coalition now trails 48-52% on the two-party vote – the best result for it since April last year.
Bill Shorten has taken a further step toward opposing the proposed Queensland Adani coal mine.
Politics Podcast: Matt Canavan on divorce in the LNP and discipline in the Coaliton.
Nationals cabinet minister Matt Canavan doesn't agree that breaking up the Queensland LNP would solve any problems politically.
The Adani project is already a stranded asset, and definitely not worthy of taxpayer support, or the risks to the Chinese of any involvement.
Malcolm Turnbull's cancellation of next week's House of Representatives sitting has been received sceptically by Queensland 'soft' voters, but they still prefer him over Bill Shorten.
Here's what it means for Queensland, Australia and the world if the mine goes ahead.