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Our democracy has failed — time for an independent climate action body

Our democracy has failed — time for an independent climate action body

It's time for a Reserve Bank-style independent body on climate change that reflects our longstanding belief that some issues are too important to be left to politicians.

Salary watch: Nine CEO Hugh Marks' remuneration on the up and up

Salary watch: Nine CEO Hugh Marks' remuneration on the up and up

Hugh Marks has improved his pay packet on the previous financial year, but what will happen when the Fairfax takeover is finalised?

How much will the royal commission end up costing the banks?

How much will the royal commission end up costing the banks?

A potential $1 billion refund request from ASIC will lead many to think the banks are being penalised. This is far from the case.

It's time for a reckoning on FOFA

It's time for a reckoning on FOFA

The major bank lobby group now wants to fix the Future of Financial Advice framework, but it was one of the major players in trying to water it down as much possible. It owes the community an apology.

Australian politics isn't fit for purpose in a burning world

Australian politics isn't fit for purpose in a burning world

While the Coalition government has many climate denialists in its ranks, fossil fuel companies can also wield systemic power to make sure the political system works in their interests, not the community's.

What can we do about another disappointing government sell-out?

What can we do about another disappointing government sell-out?

Governments assume giving public spaces like the Opera House and Federation Square to commercial interests will not harm them. It will.

Real power isn't about powerful individuals

Real power isn't about powerful individuals

If there's anything we should take from the banking royal commission, it's that lists of the powerful shed little light on how power is really wielded, and even distract from focusing on the systems that channel corporate power.

Witness K scandal part of a long history of pandering to resource companies

Witness K scandal part of a long history of pandering to resource companies

The Witness K scandal and attempts to cover it up show how there has been bipartisan agreement to let commercial interests dictate Australia's foreign policy.

Can Cricket Australia's new CEO rebuild trust in the sport?

Can Cricket Australia's new CEO rebuild trust in the sport?

New Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts wants to rebuild trust in the organisation. If the last year is anything to go by, he has his work cut out for him.

Insurance companies confirm everything is hunky dory in insurance

Insurance companies confirm everything is hunky dory in insurance

The insurance industry is recycling an old defence used by the banks to ward off scrutiny — that its misconduct is the work of just a few bad apples. It will work about as well as it did for the banks.