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Articles by Paddy Manning

How the oil and gas lobby throws mud on peer-reviewed research

Crikey’s business editor pulls apart a pro-CSG press release that is, to put it politely, a little bit bullshit.

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Aboriginal well-being has improved, but the gap remains wide

Today’s report from the Productivity Commission shows indigenous Australians have improved their economic stability in the last 20 years, but there is still work to be done.

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Modi talks up Adani’s Galilee project, but even generous subsidies might not be enough

The Queensland government and Indian Prime Minister are both keen to mine the Galilee basin, but it will take more than goodwill to make the mines viable.

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While superpowers act on climate, Australia and India poised to double down on coal

Indian company Adani is the last man standing in the Galilee Basin — and it looks like approval for a giant mine there is all but assured.

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Does Australia have the stomach to go after corporate tax avoidance?

There is a lot of lofty talk about cracking down on multinational tax avoidance. But whether the Australian government has the will to make any concrete moves on it is another matter entirely.

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Looming ACCC decision will shape the future of brick-making

Are bricks set to go the way of thatched roofs? It all depends on the industry’s viability under new rulings.

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No DICE: Greg Hunt deceives the public about ‘clean’ coal project

Greg Hunt’s plan to reduce carbon emissions through cleaner coal is too little, too late.

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Bullying banks threaten govt over price-signalling

With the banks brow-beating the government over price-signalling, we can’t afford to dump laws that protect the public.

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Fairer share of mining profits still part of Whitlam’s unfinished business

Fairly and effectively taxing the mining industry has been the Labor party’s white whale for decades.

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Murky accounts and obfuscation keep Glencore’s tax bill well hidden

Fairfax has reported that mining giant Glencore Coal paid just $15 million to the Tax Office over the last three years. Glencore says it has paid $400 million — but details are thin on the ground.

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Oz v AFR: Why News Corp thinks it’s winning the battle for business readers

If Fairfax blinks, News Corp could corner a national monopoly on business news. Circulation figures show why The Australian has moved on the AFR’s turf.

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The Oz takes fight to the Fin (again) with beefed-up business section

The Australian is betting on business, with its new section designed to kick Fairfax’s Financial Review where it counts.

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What does James Packer really want with the Rabbitohs?

What does noted Roosters supporter James Packer want with South Sydney? And will the gambling mogul change the working-class, anti-pokies ethos at Souths?

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Glencore should think twice before making a play for Rio Tinto

A Glencore tilt at Rio Tinto would be a very bold move. But as the BHP Billiton merger proves, a mega-miner is not necessarily a good investment.

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Twiggy stands by indigenous jobs plan, but exact numbers murky

Employers have pledged more than 64,000 jobs for indigenous Australians, but finding out whether those pledges have been followed through proves tricky.

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Big banks stiffing the Tax Office to the tune of billions — but how?

NAB, CommBank, ANZ and Westpac are paying far less in tax than the official corporate income tax rate of 30%. But trying to figure out how exactly they get away with it proves tricky.

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(Graeme) Wood for the trees: Tassie’s psycho forest wars reignite

Tasmania’s woodchip industry is uncompetitive, overseas demand has dried up, and Australian plants are closing. So why on earth are loggers still talking about the closed Triabunna woodchip mill as if it could be reopened?

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Take it from an ex-cabbie: we need more taxis. Many more.

There are too few cabs on our streets, and we desperately need more licences. The drivers will hate it, and Crikey’s business editor should know — he used to be one of them.

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Energy policy not worth the (green) paper it’s written on

The Australian government has its head firmly buried in the sand on climate action, but state governments and private companies are stepping in.

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‘Cheap’ fossil fuels will cost us billions

Like many up-front bargains, there are higher costs down the track associated with fossil fuels.

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Fox guarding the hen house? State government revenues raise regulatory questions

State governments shouldn’t be in charge of regulating the industries whose duties and taxes prop up their budget.

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‘We are burning our trust’: Abbott’s climate denials winning Australia no friends

Just as nothing will persuade the Michael Smiths of the world that Julia Gillard is innocent, we are well past the point where more evidence will persuade climate sceptics or those vested interests opposing climate action to change their tune.

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Loophole could allow telcos to squeeze out the NBN after all

If telcos take advantage of a loophole in the Telecommunications Act, the business model of the NBN could be undermined completely, costing taxpayers billions.

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Manning: we all hope for an Aussie submarine

There are reasons Australia should build submarines — and they are not all to do with cost.

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Multimillion-dollar real estate business in limbo amid claims of harassment and fraud

The directors of a digital real estate company have had a bitter falling out, with the courts to decide the company’s fate.

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