Sandi Keane is Independent Australia’s deputy editor and environment editor. She also freelances with occasional contributions to Crikey and New Matilda). Like others on the IA team, her investigations and articles generally delve into hitherto unexplored topics or angles, often “breaking” news.
Sandi’s July 2011 investigation into the anti-wind lobby, the Landscape Guardians and Waubra Foundation, exposed the ‘guardians’ as astroturfers and the web of vested interests behind them. It has been widely referenced here in Australia, USA and Canada and led to an invitation for her to speak at the 7th Australian Wind Energy Conference in Melbourne in December 2011.
In February last year, Sandi’s investigation made it into Hansard when Labor MP John Murphy used her investigation as a speech in the House of Representatives in support of the Clean Energy Bill.
Before coming back to Melbourne, she hosted a column in two regional newspapers and was a regular contributor to environment and farming journals.
Her studies (which include Masters units in journalism, environmental and climate change policy) and professional career as a freelance journalist, PR consultant, major event manager, arts administrator and policy adviser have taken her to London and Vienna as well as Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Her last stint in Melbourne was PR for the City of Melbourne, when she was in charge of Customer Relations. It included speechwriting for the Lord Mayor.
Sandi’s treechange in Victoria’s high country gave her an opportunity to focus on her love of the natural world. She has been involved in the environment movement since the 1970s. In 2009, Sandi was invited as one of Victoria’s environment community leaders to the invitation-only breakfast with Al Gore.
After returning to Melbourne in 2010, Sandi now specializes in investigating what she describes as ‘carbon claptrap and other bunkum’.