Multinationals cannot prevent palm oil deforestation on their own

Individual action, even by major players in the palm oil industry, cannot prevent large-scale destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests. Collaboration is key.

As the world’s largest producer and exporter of palm oil, Indonesia counts on this much-used commodity – that generates almost $20bn a year for the country and employs millions – to drive growth and development.

But the palm oil boom has triggered controversy. With Indonesia set to increase production by 50% by 2020 to meet rising demand, the question is not one of palm oil or not, but of how to maximise the economic and development benefits while minimising the adverse social and environmental effects.

Related: Banks and pension funds continue to bankroll deforestation and land grabs

Related: Local and national interests clash in Indonesia’s palm oil industry

Related: Meet the people and businesses boycotting palm oil

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Nurofen manufacturer sued over false claims on packets

Tablets for back pain, period pain, migraine pain and tension headaches marketed differently despite being exactly the same product

Australia’s competition watchdog is taking the maker of the painkiller Nurofen to court over false claims about its “specific pain” product range.

Nurofen Back Pain, Nurofen Period Pain, Nurofen Migraine Pain and Nurofen Tension Headache are all marketed differently by Reckitt Benckiser Australia and sometimes sold for different prices, but they contain the same 342mg quantity of active ingredient, ibuprofen lysine.

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Tasmania’s grip on opium poppy industry weakens as plant moves north

Island state still grows almost 50% of the world’s pharmaceutical opium poppies, but major factory will move to Victoria to avoid ban on crop imports

Australia’s third-largest poppy producer, TPI Industries, has announced it is shifting its manufacturing base from Tasmania to Victoria, the latest blow to Tasmania’s four-decade dominance of the country’s $120m opium poppy industry.

The closure of TPI’s processing plant at Cressy, south-west of Launceston, will cost the small town about 55 jobs.

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The motherhood penalty: why women keep earning less than men

Income tax data shows Australian women are paid less and have fewer chances of promotion, all because they are expected to take time out to be mothers

Further analysis of income tax statistics reveals that not only are men more likely to be working in higher paid occupations, they are also more likely to be earning more than women in almost all occupations – regardless of whether they are high- or low-paying jobs.

When examining the most male and female predominant occupations, the stereotypes ring true. Male dominated occupations feature most heavily in areas associated with trades.

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Plastic pound notes: a message from the enlightened future … Australia | Bridie Jabour

Australia has used polymer money for 25 years – I’m not sure Britain realises how much joy simple plastic bank notes will bring

I speak to you from the enlightened future: Australia. Well, 11 hours in the future if we are going to be technical and 25 years in the future if we are talking about currency that does not start to fall apart after beer is spilt on it.

The Bank of England has announced it will start moving to polymer money in 2016 and though the decision has been met with interest I am not sure the English are aware of the life-changing properties such a move is going to bring.

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