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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.
Composing a symphonic landscape: Caspar David Friedrich’s 1818 oil painting, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog. Wikimedia Commons

Decoding the music masterpieces: Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony

With An Alpine Symphony, Richard Strauss achieved something remarkable: the painting of the German alps, complete with cow meadows and waterfalls, in sound.
Because the threshold for the Medicare levy exemption is based on family income, the reform will reinforce the move towards higher effective tax rates on low income second earners in a family. Joe Castro/AAP

Shifting the tax burden to middle-income earners will undermine jobs and growth

With its recent budget changes, the government is proposing a rise in marginal tax rates across a wide band of middle incomes and a marginal tax rate cut for the top.
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.
Mitch Fifield recently announced the Turnbull government would once again attempt to tackle media reform. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Why media reform in Australia has been so hard to achieve

The Australian media policy omelette cannot simply be unscrambled. But forward-thinking diversity rules could help prevent further concentration of media ownership.
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.
With every round of redundancies, significant questions arise around the long-term viability of mainstream news media in Australia. AAP/David Moir

Life after redundancy: what happens next for journalists when they leave newsrooms

There is lingering anger among journalists made redundant that expertise and experience seem to have become disposable assets in newsrooms.
A controversial editorial has questioned whether saturated fats really clog up your arteries and put you at risk of heart disease. But can it really overturn decades of research? from www.shutterstock.com

Viewpoints: is saturated fat really the killer it’s made out to be?

We need to eat a healthy diet, do some exercise and avoid stress rather than blame saturated fat for heart disease, says a recent editorial. But does the evidence stack up?
With the intensity of competition across many industries, financial institutions such as ANZ need to be agile and respond to changes quickly to maintain business. Mal Fairclough/AAP

The agile working style started in tech but it could work for banks

The agile working style was originally designed by tech companies for efficiency in software development but now one of Australia's big four banks wants to implement this.

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