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Introduction: Native vegetation and regulations relating to its management have a minimal economic effect on agriculture in New South Wales (NSW). The state produces between $10 and $16 billion in agricultural output per year, dependent largely on rainfall and commodity prices. When rainfall is...
This report is intended to provide the Queensland public with a view of the coal industry in its wider economic context.
Queensland’s economy is based on service industries. Service industries employ nearly three quarters of the Queensland workforce and make up...
This paper attempts to put a dollar figure on the value of state assistance to the mining industry.
State governments are more usually associated with the provision of health, education and law enforcement than industry assistance. So it might surprise taxpayers...
This report argues that stopping the expansion of the Hunter Valley coal industry would be likely to improve air quality, health and environmental impacts and bring benefits for other industries.
The Hunter Valley produces and exports large volumes of coal. Supporters...
While Australia debates how to reach our Paris Agrement targets, wider issues such as whether these targets are appropriate and how they might need to be adjusted in the future are receiving scant attention.
This paper estimates that development of the Galilee Basin would reduce coal mining jobs by 9,000 in the Hunter Valley (NSW), 2,000 in the Bowen Basin (QLD) and 1,400 in the Surat Basin (QLD), compared to a scenario with no Galilee mines out to 2035.
Stakeholders in the Lower Darling are strongly opposed to proposed changes to the Menindee Lakes. Local member, Kevin Humphries, has proposed a new ‘Option 7’ for the Lakes, aiming to deliver more water and local jobs.
An audit written by Ernst and Young (EY) found the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, and the near $3.2 billion worth of water it controls, was at risk of being defrauded by state agencies, individual officers within those agencies and private landholders. The Australia Institute has...
This research by the Australia Institute suggests that the Darling River fish kill was due to the mismanagement of the Menindee Lakes in southwest New South Wales.
This report argues that a coal project proposed near Kingaroy, Queensland, is unlikely to provide benefit in a local economy based on services and agriculture. It imposes uncertainty and costs on other industries and the community. Policy makers should rule the project out on economic...