Heath Aston

Heath Aston

Heath Aston is a political reporter in the Canberra bureau. Most recently Heath was the state political editor for the Sun-Herald. Before joining the NSW press gallery he worked for newspapers in Sydney and London.

Tony Abbott, Greg Hunt confronted by anti-climate science push from within Liberal Party

Heath Aston Prime Minister Tony Abbott is facing a push from inside the Liberal Party to prevent Australia signing up to any binding emissions reduction targets at the upcoming Paris climate talks.

Solar experts claim multi-billion dollar subsidies wasted on cheap and dodgy panels


Heath Aston More Australians are buying cheap rooftop solar panels that fail long before their promised lifespan, prompting claims a federal rebate scheme needs to be overhauled to prevent dodgy systems...

Striking Tandara Spirit crew sail for Singapore to avoid court action

Crew members aboard the Tandara Spirit.

Heath Aston The petrol tanker stand off in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay is over.

Climate debate must stick to the science: professor

Professor Will Steffen

Heath Aston The author of a report that lays bare the connection between climate change and extreme bushfires has expressed his ''frustration'' with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Environment Minister Greg Hunt...

Extreme fire danger days on the rise

NCH NEWS. Dudley / Redhead fire burning in the Awabakal Reserve. Pic shows a water bombing helicopter, seen from Dudley Public School. Pic by Max Mason-Hubers MMH. Wednesday 23rd October 2013. Newcastle

Heath Aston Climate change is increasing the probability of extreme bushfire conditions, a report by the nation's leading climate change advisory body has found.

Conservation groups threaten action if green tape slashed


Heath Aston Environment groups are threatening to mobilise more than 2 million people if the Rudd government gives in to business demands to slash green tape and hand all development approval powers back to the...

Walkers pay price for hunters

Bushwalking groups.

Heath Aston BUSHWALKERS will pay the price of the state government's decision to allow amateur hunters into national parks through increased insurance costs to reflect the risk of being shot.

Fears drunk hunters will roam parks


Heath Aston Unlicensed hunters who mix guns and alcohol will go to national parks to shoot illegally once the feral animal cull begins in March, a government report warns.

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Hunt fury may trigger park disruptions

Pig Hunting. Queensland. November 2007.  Brett Keys (Keysy) chases pigs with his rifle strapped to his back. Photo by Andrew Meares Good Weekend Magazine Story by John Van Tigglen

Heath Aston ACCESS to national parks could be interrupted over summer as rangers consider ways to protest against the state government's introduction of hunting in NSW's 800 parks.

Save the deer - for hunters


Heath Aston Animal welfare groups say hunters are behind a mysterious campaign to stop the poisoning of feral deer and goats in national parks - because it will only reduce the number of animals they can shoot.

Orica's floating chemical stockpile

Orica using a ship for storing excess ammonium nitrate offshore

Heath Aston, Natalie O'Brien A ship carrying 3000 tonnes of explosive material used in mining blasts is floating off the Newcastle coast because the embattled chemical-maker Orica has no place to store it on land.

NSW drops carbon tax challenge


Heath Aston THE passage of the carbon tax has received a boost, with legal advice to NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell suggesting that a High Court challenge to block the tax would fail.

Pollution trail to megadump

CEO of Dial A Dump Industries, Ian Malouf.

Natalie O'Brien and Heath Aston Ian Malouf, the man who boasts he is opening the biggest landfill site in the southern hemisphere at Eastern Creek, acknowledges pollution lapses by his waste empire.

The untold story of Orica's chemical leaks


Natalie O'Brien and Heath Aston The Orica chemical plant in Newcastle, shut down after a 900-kilogram ammonia leak last week, had already leaked 69,000 kilograms of the chemical in uncontrolled releases over the past year.

A very fast drain to the South Pacific

Eel. A long-finned eel at Centennial Park.4th November 2011Photo: Janie Barrett

Heath Aston It is a migration that would make David Attenborough's jaw drop - and it all begins in a murky pond in the heart of Sydney.

Radioactive waste haunts Hunters Hill residents


Heath Aston For the state government it has been a lingering headache since the 1970s but for people who lived on top of radioactive waste in an exclusive harbourside suburb of Sydney it is a matter of life and...

Orica admits leak alert delay


Heath Aston and Natalie O'Brien Orica has admitted for the first time it delayed alerting the public after one of its factories belched cancer-causing fumes over a Newcastle neighbourhood.

Sharks hooked after fishing ban lifted

Grey nurse shark.

Heath Aston Tell this grey nurse shark that it's a protected species in NSW and it may find the news hard to swallow.

Government goes to ground on solar costs and savings


Heath Aston THE solar industry has accused the O'Farrell government of breaking a promise to release figures on which it based its case for slashing the solar bonus scheme.

Time to Do Something! Peter

Stephen & Julia Thompson

Heath Aston A FORMER Liberal Party leader is advising the solar energy industry on how to torpedo the Coalition government's plan to retrospectively slash solar bonuses for households who invested in the bungled...