Paddy Manning

Paddy Manning

Paddy Manning is a business reporter, focused on energy, food and agriculture. He was formerly BusinessDay's national chief of staff, has worked for the Australian Financial Review and The Australian, and was founding editor of Ethical Investor magazine.

AGL suspends coal seam gas wells application

Paddy Manning, Sean Nicholls and Ben Cubby AGL Energy has put its application to develop 66 coal seam gas wells in western Sydney on hold, after encountering strong community opposition and hostility from the federal Government.

Son of pokies king funds anti-gas fight

Drew Hutton

Paddy Manning THE Lock the Gate alliance between farmer and green groups opposing coal seam gas development was part-funded by Kjerulf Ainsworth, the son of billionaire pokies king Len.

Rio Tinto shift on climate change

Rio Tinto hard hats

Paddy Manning Rio Tinto's language on climate change has shifted, with the company now recognising that global warming is ''largely caused by human activities''.

Farmers lament muddied waters of Murray plan and lost livelihoods

Barry Percival

Dan Harrison, Paddy Manning From above, the farming land around Wagga Wagga is an archipelago of green islands in a muddy sea.

'Green tape' delays prawn industry growth

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Paddy Manning Christmas means a sudden demand for prawns but with imports down again this year, Australian prawn farmers say that they are being stymied by "green tape".

Energy analyst turns up heat on new gas projects

Gundi Royle

Paddy Manning Senior energy analyst Gundi Royle has broken ranks with her colleagues, attacking industry and regulators for failing to conduct independent regional modelling of the groundwater impacts of up to $80...

Kmart envelopes fail rainforest test

Paddy Manning Laboratory testing of Kmart's Indonesian-made "Office One" home brand envelopes shows they contained 19 per cent mixed tropical hardwood fibre, sourced from rainforest.

Rainforest fibres found in chain's office paper


Paddy Manning Laboratory testing of Lazer IT office paper made in Indonesia and sold here by Officeworks reveals it is made up of 84 per cent tropical rainforest fibre, in apparent conflict with the retailer's...

Grazing and farming land taken over to offset carbon


Paddy Manning Farmers fear a new rush of environmental plantings for biodiversity and carbon offsets will accelerate the loss of land for food production.

Politicians blamed for climate 'gridlock'

Paddy Manning THE businessman Graeme Wood has condemned Australia's failure to act on climate change, criticising ''scared'' politicians for a lack of leadership.

Kimberley gas project under fire

Paddy Manning Environmental groups are set to launch an international campaign against energy companies involved with the proposed $30 billion gas hub on WA's Kimberley coast.