NSW towns including Dubbo and Tamworth face water emergency within months

In some central and western areas on Murray-Darling no ground water can be accessed by bores, as dams run close to dry

Towns in western and central New South Wales, including Dubbo, Nyngan, Cobar, Walgett and Tamworth, are facing a crisis in their water supplies within a few months unless it rains, prompting emergency planning by water authorities.

And on properties throughout the Murray-Darling basin, irrigators are bracing for their water entitlements to be reduced to around 10% of their usual allocations, which will severely constrain agricultural production.

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‘No good reason’ for eight-month delay to reveal parties’ election donors

Political parties will not publicly disclose campaign financing for the federal election until February 2020

Australians won’t know who bankrolled the major parties’ election campaigns for another eight months, due to a weak donations reporting regime that experts say is feeding “secrecy and distrust”.

The major parties have repeatedly ignored calls for improvements to Australia’s donations system, which will not publicly disclose campaign financing until February 2020.

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‘No good reason’ for eight-month delay to reveal parties’ election donors

Political parties will not publicly disclose campaign financing for the federal election until February 2020

Australians won’t know who bankrolled the major parties’ election campaigns for another eight months, due to a weak donations reporting regime that experts say is feeding “secrecy and distrust”.

The major parties have repeatedly ignored calls for improvements to Australia’s donations system, which will not publicly disclose campaign financing until February 2020.

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It’s easy to dismiss Queenslanders as coal-addicted bogans, but it’s more complex than that | Amanda Cahill

Everyone loses when we sideline the people at the forefront of the transition to a zero emissions economy

After the shocking – for some – results of the federal election were revealed on Saturday night, it didn’t take long for hashtags such as #Quexit and #MakeThemLeave to start trending on social media, calling for Queensland to be kicked out of Australia.

Whether people were rooting for Labor for climate-related reasons or otherwise, many unleashed their anger on regional electorates that delivered huge swings away from Labor, and that are home to some of Australia’s largest coal mines.

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CFMEU warns Adani coalmine ‘risks selling out local jobs’ and threatens water

Queensland premier under more pressure as union fears the promise of jobs and prosperity is a myth

The CFMEU has warned the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, against rushing to have Adani’s Carmichael coalmine approved, saying it “risks selling out local jobs” and threatens water security in central Queensland.

The state’s environment department and coordinator general met Adani representatives on Thursday for talks about the outstanding environmental approvals required for the project to proceed.

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