Corruption Risk Seen in Australian Coal Deals

first_imgCorruption Risk Seen in Australian Coal Deals FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:A new report shines a critical light on the links between mining companies, lobbyists and politicians, pointing to the Indian mining giant Adani as an example of how a company with a questionable record overseas can still gain mining approval in Australia.It warns the political mining complex in Australia’s two biggest mining states, Western Australian and Queensland, is “susceptible to corruption” due to key weaknesses in their approvals regimes, including inadequate due diligence investigation into the companies and individuals applying for mining leases.It also criticises the “revolving doors” of personnel between government and industry broadly, and political donations regimes.The report, published by Transparency International Australia (TIA), Corruption Risks: Mining Approvals in Australia, was released on Wednesday.Its authors conducted 47 interviews with experts from government, industry, civil society, academics, Indigenous traditional owners and consultants in Perth and Brisbane to gather its evidence. Its list of key weaknesses in the mining approvals regimes is long.The researchers says “industry influence” is a corruption risk in Australia, particularly with regard to large infrastructure project approvals in Queensland and WA.It notes the mining industry has disclosed donations of $16.6m to major political parties over the past 10 years (2006-07 to 2015-16), and warns the under-regulated system of political donations can allow special interest groups to attempt to influence policy-making at all levels of government.It highlights the “revolving doors” of personnel between government an industry as a risk in Australia generally.It points out 191 of 538 lobbyists (35.5%) registered by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, as of September 2016, were former government representatives.The researchers also warn government departments involved in the mining approvals process in Queensland and WA do not undertake adequate due diligence into the character and integrity of applicants for mining leases, including companies’ track records overseas, and investigations of their financial capacity do not involve an examination of beneficial ownership to understand who the real owners are.The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis also warned this week that Adani’s ambitions in Queensland faced a new risk, with the company having to refinance more than $2bn in debt on the Abbot Point coal terminal – more than it paid for the port in 2011.More: Mining companies’ links with politicians ‘susceptible to corruption’ – reportlast_img read more

Mikel Arteta gives honest assessment of Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette’s ‘difficult season’

first_img Comment Lacazette has struggled to score consistently this season (Picture: Copa/Getty)Mikel Arteta admitted Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has had a ‘difficult season’ where he has struggled to score goals on a consistent basis. Lacazette has only started 15 of Arsenal’s 29 Premier League matches this season, scoring seven times, With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli vying for a starting spot through the middle, Lacazette has been in and out of the team. That was the case when the Premier League resumed on Wednesday night, with young Eddie Nketiah surprisingly favoured over the £52.7million attacker in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City. ADVERTISEMENTHe will hope to start against Brighton on Saturday and rediscover his scoring form – and Arteta gave an honest assessment of what’s been a tough campaign for the striker.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Alex is a player I always liked because of the type of striker he is, he can do a bit of everything,’ Arteta said ahead of their clash with Brighton. Advertisement Mikel Arteta gives honest assessment of Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette’s ‘difficult season’ Arteta discussed Lacazette’s season (Picture: Getty)‘He’s very talented at combining and linking. His work rate and the way he competes for every ball, it’s rare to find in a striker.‘It has been a difficult season for him. Not just for him, for other players too. But we’ve been trying to manage that.‘He had a lot of continuity with me but he had a spell when he was finding it difficult to score goals.‘In the last few weeks [before the lockdown] he looked much better. He was a threat and he scored some important goals for us as well.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I just want to give him confidence and game time. I think the way he came on [against City] in a really difficult scenario showed a lot of willingness to help his teammates.‘We have two strikers and they have to fight for their places. I want that type of competition within the squad.‘Everybody needs confidence, and a striker does probably more than any other person on the pitch.’Should Arsenal sell Lacazette?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Jun 2020 9:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link595Shares Advertisementlast_img read more