While public attention is drawn to the proposed Adani coal mine and its Abbot Point rail connection, Gina Rinehart awaits the benefits of another plan to open up the Galilee Basin, again through the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. Just before the Queensland election, her representatives were lobbying politicians over the scheme.

Karen Middleton reports on the way the project draws attention back to the secretive Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, a federal government fund the Productivity Commission criticised for “the lack of transparency to date and the promotion of certain projects by politicians”.

Plus: Paul Bongiorno on Malcolm Turnbull’s political missteps with China, and Martin McKenzie-Murray on the year of breaking silence.

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