David Murray, the outgoing chairman of the multi-billion national Future Fund, has savaged the Federal Government’s carbon tax, describing it as the “worst piece of economic reform” has ever seen.

Mr Murray, who is ending his tenure as chairman to be replaced by David Gonski, publically savaged the legislation, describing it as “very bad” for the economy and will quash international competitiveness.

"If you want me to tell you my view, it is the worst piece of economic reform I have ever seen in my life in this country," Mr Murray told the ABC.

The Federal Government has released a new handbook to assist farmers, landholders, waste operators and other clean energy businesses take part in the Federal Government’s Carbon Farmining Initative.

The New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, has announced a broad investigation into hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The Western Australian Government has outlined $14.5 million in funding over the next four years on a program to seek third party sustainability certification for the state’s commercial fisheries.

A delegation from the World Heritage Centre (WHC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has arrived to assess the conservation of the world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

The Federal Government has announced the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) will be based in Sydney, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard saying the city’s clean energy sector was crucial in making the decision.

Leaked documents have shown secret plans by a cabal of environmental groups to disrupt key coal export projects.

The Federal Government has reported that 1800 manufacturing businesses have registered to attend information sessions for the $1 billion Clean Technology Investment programs, with the first session completed in Sydney earlier this week.

A new way to accurately measure nitrous oxide emitted during agricultural production has been developed by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researchers.

The Clean Energy Council (CEC) has slammed the Federal Government’s decision to cut its solar hot water program, saying that the move will directly jeopardize thousands of jobs.

The Victorian Government has established a new panel to assess applications to control wildlife across the state that are of significant community interest.

The aquatic ecological community in the catchment of the Snowy River in NSW has been listed as an Endangered Ecological Community by the Fisheries Scientific Committee (FSC). 

Subsidies and regulations could seriously reduce the effectiveness of Australia’s forthcoming carbon price scheme, according to a piece in the latest Australian Economic Review.

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