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‘He had concerns about espionage’

CLIVE Palmer received updates on Queensland Nickel’s finances as frequently as each week after he ceased to be a director of the company, a court has been told. The first day of evidence in a public examination of QN’s demise has begun in the Federal Court in Brisbane this morning. …

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Our ‘dirtiest’ power station closing down

Hazelwood power station sits behind dairy cattle in the La Trobe Valley in Morwell, Victoria. Workers were today told operations will cease in March 2017. Picture: Julian Smith THE French majority owners of Australia’s most notoriously “dirty” power station, Hazelwood, have confirmed the Victorian station and its mine will close …

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Profits quadrupled after adding women

Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest was smiling at the latest Fortescue Metals AGM, with profits up 400 per cent. A FEW years ago Fortescue Metals Group was the last ASX50 company to have an all-male board. Less than three years on, it will become only the second ASX-listed company to have a …

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Australia, East Timor to tear up treaty

East Timorese activists attending a rally outside the Australian embassy in Dili on February 23, 2016, urging an international arbitration court to help resolve a decade-long dispute with Australia over a maritime border which cuts through lucrative oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea. Picture: AFP THE split of …

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‘I have a disease that shouldn’t exist’

Video Image China is grappling with a surge in black lung, which is a result of decades of coal-fired development. The world’s second-largest economy and top coal consumer is just starting to address the problem. A lung blackened and diseased by coal dust. WARNING: Graphic content. WHEN Stephen Mellor spluttered …

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The fetish bothering Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has softened the Coalition’s language over coal. Picture: AAP Image/Lukas Coch EXPECT the Turnbull government to retreat from its coal fetish in the face of a severe chiding from business and the ACTU? A hint was given earlier today. “This is not an issue about renewables good-or-bad, or …

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Green bank could fund coal power stations

Video Image The govt is planning an overhaul which could make coal eligible for Clean Energy Finance Corporation funding Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg. Picture: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas TAXPAYERS could help pay for coal-fired power stations through Australia’s $10 billion “green energy” bank under changes being considered by the Turnbull government. …

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How you’ll foot bill for ‘clean coal’

The government will consider so called ‘clean coal’ technologies to ensure Australia’s power supplies are reliable. THE Turnbull Government is joining a global quest to redeem coal as an economically and environmentally acceptable power source. Or it is ramping up a political assault on Labor over the issue of electricity …

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Clive Palmer’s $1 million woman revealed

Evgenia Bednova, the woman paid $1 million by Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel. THE first most Australians would have heard of Evgenia Bednova was when her name was mentioned in the Federal Court as someone who was paid a staggering $1 million by Queensland Nickel. The huge money was paid to …

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‘Australia unique in its stupidity’

Australians are being warned gas supplies could fall short. THERE are warnings today our gas supply could soon fall short, forcing Aussies to swelter through summer. But an expert says it’s “a total failure” we’re in this position. The idea of a shortage in Australia — the largest gas exporter …

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