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  • Grow your own
    Australia’s high rate of urbanisation means that most people experience a significant disconnect between their food production and consumption. Over several decades, suburban gardens have ceased to be major sites of food production and Australians reportedly have a declining understanding and appreciation of how their food is grown. Recent years have seen a renewed interest in the quality, provenance, freshness and price of food, driving a compan... Read More
  • Briefing Note: Debunking Solving for 'x' - The NSW Gas Supply Cliff
    This week energy company AGL released a research paper entitled Solving for ‘x’ – the New South Wales Gas Supply Cliff. The paper contains plenty of economic terms and algebra, but these merely serve to provide camouflage for another reiteration of the gas industry’s claims – that NSW is running low on gas and the only way around this is the development of coal seam gas (CSG) projects, such as AGL’s project in Gloucester. The Australia Insti... Read More
  • Fracking the future
    The purpose of this paper is to bust the gas industry’s myths about coal seam gas (CSG). The gas industry has been prolific in putting out exaggerated claims about CSG’s economic benefits while at the same time staying almost completely silent on the health and environmental risks. This paper will look at both the economic claims and the health and environmental risks and will show that, while the economic benefits are likely to be relatively sma... Read More
  • Climate Proofing Your Investments: Moving Funds out of Fossil Fuels
    Investments in coal, oil, and gas increase financial risk without increasing returns, according to the new report Climate proofing your investments: Moving funds out of fossil fuels published by The Australia Institute.To meet the internationally-agreed two degree global warming limit, fossil fuel businesses must leave in the ground two-thirds of the reserves currently on their books. Failure to incorporate this risk is causing inaccura... Read More
  • A democracy deficit?
    The results of the survey of the Australia Institute reveal that even though only 11 per cent of respondents were aware of the TPP, the majority, once informed of it, supported greater transparency and accountability in the negotiation process and had strong views on what should and should not be included.Australians hold serious concerns about a secretive trade deal which risks a blow-out in the cost of medicines, less Australian television cont... Read More
  • SURVEY: Australians want new WA Senate Election
    Most Australians think that WA should go back to the polls.The result this time could be very different.To read the results of our most recent survey click on the link below:
  • Power down
    Until 2010 – for well over a century, through two world wars and the Great Depression – the quantity of electricity used in Australia each year was greater than the year before. In the three years since 2010, the quantity used each year has been less than the year before, and there is no evidence of a reversal in this trend in the coming months. The electricity consumption decrease has been relatively large in the National Electricity Market (NEM... Read More
  • Chipping away at Tasmania's future
    For several decades, Tasmania’s economic performance has been significantly below the rest of Australia. In 2012-13, Tasmania’s gross state product (GSP) was the second lowest of all states and territories behind the Northern Territory, its per capita GSP and average weekly total earnings were the lowest in the country and the unemployment rate was the highest in the country. On most major economic indicators, Tasmania performs below relevant nat... Read More
  • SURVEY: Most Aussies not aware of TPP implications
    Most Australians aren’t aware of a trade deal which could risk environmental laws, increase the cost of medicines and enable corporations to sue Australian governments, according to a new survey by The Australia Institute. Click the link below to read the survey results.
  • Biting the land that feeds you
    The New Acland coal mine is a controversial project 157km west of Brisbane, Queensland. It is located next to the township of Acland and 10km from the larger centre of Oakey. The mine is controversial because of its location in an agricultural area and the impacts it has on the local community, farms and health.  These impacts include the majority of the Acland population moving away from the town, the acquisition of 160 agricultural propert... Read More