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"Stop Murdoch!" (stopmurdoch.blogspot.com) Blog site started only on 15 March in response to Murdoch's Brisbane Sunday Mail newspaper's smearing of Queensland election candidate Pauline Hanson on 14 May with naked photos they later acknowledged to be fake. As of 24 March 2009, the site is being updated regularly.

Fruit rots on vine for want of seasonal workers of 21 Jun 08 by John Stapleton in the Australian newspaper. More propaganda in favour of immigration and the guest worker program. Read what Mark O'Connor has to say on this.

More workers are a positive force editorial in The Australian of 19 May 08

Workers welcome editorial in The Australian of 16 May 08

Open door of 17 May 08. The Australian's editor-at-large Paul Kelly praises Federal Immigration Minister Chris Evans' decision to increase the annual immigration intake to 300,000

Main Links

Wrong turn - freeway funds a waste by Kenneth Davidson in the Melbourne Age of 5 May 08

Tunnel could save the dying Murray by Kenneth Davidson in the Melbourne Age of 31 Mar 08
Could a 30-kilometre tunnel from the Upper Yarra Reservoir to Big River, which flows eventually to the Murray River and costing $300 million save the dying Murray River system?

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Links and Commentary

The omnivore's dilemma, Michael Pollan, a natural history of 4 meals

ABC program broadcast on 4 Jun 09 based on Michael Pollan's book. Download audio file (6.4MB) from here.

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Immigration Links

eye-on-immigration.blogspot.com - Keeping a critical eye on immigration-related issues in Australia.

Fruit rots on vine for want of seasonal workers of 21 Jun 08 by John Stapleton in the Australian newspaper. More propaganda in favour of immigration and the guest worker program. Read what Mark O'Connor has to say on this.

More workers are a positive force editorial in The Australian of 19 May 08

Workers welcome editorial in The Australian of 16 May 08

Open door of 17 May 08. The Australian's editor-at-large Paul Kelly praises Federal Immigration Minister Chris Evans' decision to increase the annual immigration intake to 300,000

Water Links

Trading scheme just does not hold water by Kenneth Davidson in the Age of 14 July 2008

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Food links

Working the land - or not of 23 Jun 08 by Jenny Hume on WebDiary. Describes the intricate dilemmas faced by an Australian farmer in the west of NSW – whether to continue grazing of livestock, which can be done sustainably, but which provides an insufficient income or to turn part or all of the farm over to mechanised monocultural wheat cropping, which, whilst far more lucrative, is at a frightening cost to the longer term viability of the farm.

A 10,000 year misunderstanding in Science Alert, Thur, 01 May 08 by Peter Salonius

Many keen thinkers have understood that the driver enabling our numbers to shoot so far over long-term carrying capacity has been the one-time gift of fossil fuels, ...

... the other major factor that has enabled our numbers to shoot so far over long-term carrying capacity has been the one-time gift of erodible soils and the vast store of nutrients they contained until we began to irreversibly mine them about 10,000 years ago with cultivation agriculture.

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NSW Electricity Privatisation Links

A tale of two selloffs

The ostensible argument for power privatisation is that NSW needs the money for schools, hospitals and other expenditure. The reality is that sale of capital is touted as the way to finance ongoing expenditure, analogous to the classic case of the farmer who sells off a bit of the farm each year to keep the family clothed and food on the table.

Comment: Labor caucus's capitulation an unparalleled display of spinelessness

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NSW power play stirs up a-giant of global warming by John Garnaut, The Age, 12 May 08

SOONER or later, some anti-privatisation activist will start doing background checks on China Huaneng Group, which is at the front of the queue to bid for $15 billion in NSW power assets. They'll see that Sydney might soon be powered by the world's biggest corporate contributor to global warming.

Coal links

The great coal hole

by David Strahan - first published in New Scientist, 16 Jan 

The latest “official” statistics from the World Energy Council, published in 2007, put global coal reserves at a staggering 847 billion tonnes. Since world coal production that year was just under 6 billion tonnes, the reserves appear at first glance to be ample to sustain output for at least a century – well beyond even the most distant planning horizon.

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