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Fishermen on the shore by decommissioned oil rigs in Port Aransas, Texas (March 11, 2019). Loren Elliott/AFP

Fact check US: Would Joe Biden’s energy plan really cause the loss of 10.3 million jobs in the oil and gas industry?

Republicans claim that Biden’s clean-energy program would mean massive job losses in the oil-and-gas sector. The figures cited are not supported by the facts.
Government should be held accountable for its role in addressing obesity and diet-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, in South Africa. Shutterstock

How South African food companies go about shaping public health policy in their favour

The food industry’s tactics are designed to reduce the likelihood of the government adopting global recommendations to tackle obesity.
Protesters rally to have Colorado’s then-incoming governor put an up-to-nine-month moratorium on oil and gas development. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Money talks: Big business, political strategy and corporate involvement in US state politics

Millions of dollars are spent every election by corporations that want to influence state regulations and policies, and that’s likely to continue in the upcoming election.
Former ministers Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop have appeared before a Senate committee to defend their post-parliamentary jobs. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Australia’s political lobbying regime is broken and needs urgent reform

Australian politics’ ‘revolving door’ is undermining efforts to counter lobbying and potential corruption, and the regulation system is hopelessly flawed.
GetUp has been in the Coalition’s firing line for a number of years now, which is not surprising, given its lobbying efforts for left-wing causes. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Yes, GetUp fights for progressive causes, but it is not a political party – and is not beholden to one

GetUp is already subject to the same type of regulation as a political party. By challenging its links to left-wing parties, though, the Coalition is seeking to strip away its claim of independence.
Questions have been raised about the new private-sector roles of former ministers Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop. Lukas Coch/Mick Tsikas/AAP

Why Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop fail the ‘pub test’ with their new jobs

One in four former ministers go on to take lucrative roles with special interest groups after leaving politics. Our current standards regulating this practice aren’t being enforced adequately.
Parmesan cheese, prosciutto, salami, olive oil… Italian food is at the heart of intense diplomatic lobbying. Shutterstock

Front-of-pack nutrition labels: ‘The parmesan and prosciutto war’

To defend traditional Italian products such as meats and cheeses – delicious, but often high in fat and salt – the country’s government has launched an intense lobbying campaign to fight nutrition labels.
Donald Trump spoke at AIPAC’s annual conference during his 2016 presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci

How AIPAC could lose its bipartisan status

The American Israeli Public Action Committee has managed to work with Democrats and Republicans alike. Will that change now that Israel has tacked to the right?
The biggest U.S. oil company wants to pay every American a dividend. AP Photo/Richard Drew

Taxing carbon may sound like a good idea but does it work?

Exxon Mobil has a clear motive to back a new plan to tax carbon with its clout and money. And a carbon tax that is high enough to work might prove politically impossible to enact.
Former NSW minister Ian Macdonald (left) and union boss John Maitland are just two of the prominent figures who have been swept up in anti-corruption investigations at the state level. Joel Carrett/AAP

Australians think our politicians are corrupt, but where is the evidence?

Public trust in government is sliding and there’s a perception that a small elite is reaping the benefits of political influence. This points to the need for a federal anti-corruption body.

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