Federal Politics

Heath Aston

Heath Aston is a federal political correspondent. 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.

The proposed site for the coal mine.

The eight-year hitch: Shenhua Watermark coal mine to pass kill date

It has been 2916 days since controversial former state Labor minister Ian Macdonald issued China's state-owned Shenhua a licence to explore for coal in Australia's richest farming region, the Liverpool Plains, in return for a $300 million cash payment to the NSW government.

The Australian Tax Office is concerned that the petroleum resource rent tax will not deliver anything over time.

Only 5% of oil and gas companies pay resource tax

Just five per cent of oil and gas projects operating in Australia are paying anything towards the Federal Government's royalty-like scheme designed to share the wealth generated by the nation's resources with the public that owns them.