Industry Minister urges speed-up on NSW gas approvals

GAVIN COOTE The newly-elected Industry Minister Ian MacFarlane is stepping in to fast-track coal seam gas project approvals in New South Wales in response to a perceived "gas crisis". Mr MacFarlane warned job loss and gas shortages could be … [Read more...]

Activist-turned educator empowering concerned communities

GAVIN COOTE He’s helped organise some of the country’s most significant social movements in one capacity or another over the last three decades. Aidan Ricketts lives at Lismore in the northern rivers region of New South Wales, itself being a … [Read more...]

Abattoir secures $23m for world-first biofuel system

GAVIN COOTE They’re described by the Australian Financial Review as an economist’s poster child of the carbon tax. Bindaree Beef is set to revolutionise its energy system and install world-first technology to power the family-owned … [Read more...]

Ben Scott’s political talking points

The Source political editor Ben Scott covers some contentious talking points with just under a week until the Federal election. Thanks to: Ashil Ranpara Matt Hardie Tamara Sydenham Nicholas McDonald Gavin Coote Faith Valencia … [Read more...]

Researcher soon to release findings on CSG mental health impacts

GAVIN COOTE A psychology researcher is nearing completion of a comprehensive study into the mental health impacts coal seam gas exploration may have on farmers. University of New England PhD candidate Methuen Morgan, formerly a farmer at … [Read more...]

Rally for the Reef attracts thousands in Brisbane

GAVIN COOTE AND TESS HAINING More than a thousand people rallied in Brisbane’s Queens Park on Sunday for long-term protection of the Great Barrier Reef. With just two weeks left until the federal election, environmentalists are calling for … [Read more...]

Tecoma protestors to visit McDonald’s US headquarters

GAVIN COOTE Residents opposing a McDonald's development in the Victorian community of Tecoma plan to travel to the company's Chicago headquarters in the United States in the next few weeks. They will hand-deliver a petition with almost 86,000 … [Read more...]

Farmers call for more input on animal welfare regulations

GAVIN COOTE Livestock producers are calling for more input on animal welfare legislation as uncertainty looms over the agriculture sector’s future path. Australian Stud Merino Breeders Association vice-president Jock Macrae said the current … [Read more...]

NTEU backs Greens on tertiary funding policy

GAVIN COOTE The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) this week launched a $1million campaign encouraging Australians to vote for the Greens in the Senate amid concerns the two major parties' plan to cut university funding. The NTEU has … [Read more...]

Shelved referendum ‘a sad day for local government’

GAVIN COOTE The Redland City Council Mayor says she is 'bitterly disappointed' the referendum on constitutional recognition of local government has been put on hold. The referendum was shelved on Sunday after Australia PM Kevin Rudd announced a … [Read more...]