NASA Scientist calls for Australian coal halt

Dr. James Hansen, a leading NASA climate scientist in a letter to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on 27 March 2008 called for the phasing out of Australia's currently coal exports in order to halt further damage to our global life support system.

The Newcastle group Rising Tide (www.risingtide.org.au has called) upon Mr. Rudd to respond to Hansen's letter.

Move over Mr Legrain, the floodgates are open

Philippe Legrain's puerile veneration of globalization and free market economics is, for its outrageous simplicity, alluring to some in the same way that Ayn Rand's uncompromising fantasies drew a cult following.

Gympie Times fabricates evidence to hurt candidate

At the last minute on Friday 14 March the day before the Queensland local government elections, in a desperate bid to harm the chances of Ron Owen a candidate for the Integrity Gympie team contesting the election for Mayor of the Greater Gympie Council, the Gympie Times newspaper fabricated a story based on a fraudulently altered screenshot of a Google search. The story claimed that Owen had purposefully connected his campaign web-site to community group web-sites and identities so as to improperly claim their support for his campaign.

Should we destroy our environment for housing affordability?

The Queensland Government’s so-called "affordable housing strategy," signed in July with no community consultation, establishes an Urban Land Development Authority with sweeping powers, including the power to amalgamate land, to acquire land in its own right, and to on-sell their land with development rights to particular private developers.

How $3 trillion war caused America's economic crisis

On Radio National's Background Briefing, Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, and co-author Linda Bilmes, argue the Iraq war has led directly to America's current economic crisis. They describe how they came to the figure of three trillion dollars, and how difficult such an estimate is to achieve in the face of the Pentagon's accounting procedures.

Sunday 30th March 9.10am, Tuesday 1st April 7.05pm, Wednesday 2nd April 4.05am

Mass immigration, urbanisation, and industrial agriculture

Agribusiness has been able to provide a massive amount of apparently cheap food to a huge number of people at a double cost. A cost to the soil and a cost to the nutritional value of the food itself. Post-carbon agriculture will be more labour intensive and provide more nutritious food, but how can it hope to feed a population which has trebled in Canada since the 1940's and is still growing at a world-record rate?

Historic NSW holiday retreat for workers' children threatened by developers

A beautiful and historic holiday retreat for workers' children bought by the NSW union movement back in the '40s in the Ku-ring-gai National Park north of Sydney is threatened by developers, assisted by their bidders at the helm of the NSW government, Premier Morris Iemma, Treasurer Michael Costa and Minister for Planning Frank Sartor. The group Friends of Currawong has launched a public campaign to prevent Camp Currawong being turned into yet another playground for the world's wealthy elite, "something like St Tropez".

Drug harm minimisation group seeks evidence-based drugs policies

Brian McConnell, President of the ACT group Friends and Families for Drug Law Reform (www.ffdlr.org.au) wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on 6 March 2008.

My close encounter with the most majestic of raptors

It seems that even the almighty profit motive will bow to the spiritual, if it is pursued on a community scale by people rooted in that community.

Why the Brisbane Mayoral elections should not have been 'boring'

The Brisbane mayoral election should have been anything but boring. Four candidates declared policies against population growth, but received next to no press coverage. These candidates for fundamental change ran right up against the major vested interests in the outcome of the Brisbane Council election. Those vested interests are the property development industry and its upstream and downstream dependents, which include the Courier Mail. Many group under the Australian Property Council umbrella. Choosing to structure themselves around continuously increasing population growth, naturally these industries prefer mayors who won't seriously challenge their objectives. Greg Rowell is employed by the Australian Property Council and “Can Do” Newman has been giving them what they want and telling Brisbanites that this is what Brisbane needs, for years now, in what the APC calls “the cooperative relationship between the State Government and Liberal Lord Mayor Campbell Newman."

See also "Courier Mail provides 'boring', yet unbalanced, coverage of Brisbane City Council elections"

Do claims of higher immigrant wages answer objections to record Australian immigration levels?

Rupert Murdoch's Australian newspaper in an article "Migrant workers scoring top pay" has made use of figures which which purportedly show that immigrants earn more, rather than less than their Australian equivalents, as if to answer any possible objection to Australia's current record high rate of immigration. ...

See also Immigration myths demolished by economics journalist, Immigration as the quick fix

Can Canada's health care system survive mass immigration?

If the Canada of 1965 could have been preserved in aspic its medicare system might have been viable. But how is it now to contend with the massive numbers who make major claims on hospital services? Tim Murray, Director of Immigration Watch Canada describes the strains that runaway immigration levels have placed on Canada's health system.

Courier Mail provides 'boring', yet unbalanced, coverage of Brisbane City Council elections

Brisbane's Courier Mail newspaper recently posed the question "Have these been the most boring elections?". This triggered an exchange of e-mails which began when Independent Mayoral candidate James Sinnamon wrote an open letter to the Courier Mail's City Hall reporter.

THE UBIQUITOUS RATIONALE OF GROWTHISM Vancouver and Melbourne victimized by the same sophistry

The language of growthism is universal, as are its arguments. A comparison of the sophistry of Vancouver developers and planners with that employed by Premier Brumby of Victoria makes one realize that we are dealing with a ubiquitous rationale. Growth is inevitable, Growth is good, Move over and make room for more and more growth and screw sustainablility because our kids need affordable housing.

See also Should Brisbane aim to be like Vancouver? - the naked truth about a world class city.

OVERPOPULATION AUSTRALIA 2008 - Surprising admissions in McDonald & Withers latest beat-up for mass worker immigration

Australians are enraged by the undemocratic transformation of every aspect of their landscape, government and society. Does the reader need reminding that a criteria of facism is the close association of governments with big business? We are coming out of the induced euphoria that this is all about multiculturalism to realise it is about exploiting all of us, with no heed to the destruction of our life-support system.

Immigration as the quick fix

Canada can be likened to a sugar addict at one moment low on energy (labour shortage), who then reaches for a candy bar (immigration) and wolfs it down to achieve short term hyperactivity (economic growth). Then the insulin kicks in and there is a crash. So the addiction looks for another immigration rush to keep the high going, until the next crash into lethargy. It is a vicious cycle that won't be broken until the patient thinks in terms of long-term stability and losing demographic weight.

See also Immigration myths demolished by economics journalist

The World is under attack! by Tim Murray, Canadian activist

There is an attitude that, if the truth is shocking, it might turn people off or make them panic. So public messaging is often toned down to a point where no-one even notices what is being said, and therefore no-one stops the bad stuff happening. This is the way activists are told by professionals and government to serve up difficult reports. But Canadian environmental activist and much loved writer, Tim Murray, has this to say:

Rent gouging threatens Brisbane inner city retail community

Retailers who have, through their own hard work over the past three years, transformed a formerly run-down area of inner-city Paddington are now being driven out by excessive rent increases.

Bartlett calls for Government Inquiry into wool industry bribe allegations

Queensland Senator Andrew Bartlett has called on the federal Labor government to set up a public inquiry into allegations of bribery and intimidation by Australian government and wool industry officials.

New South Wales Greens demand residents have a say in who runs their Councils

With local government elections scheduled for mid-September this year, the state government has been busy sacking councils to try to divert attention away from its Ministers’ relationships with property developers.

See also Election Should Be Called For Wollongong Council

Independent Mayoral candidate calls for root cause of housing unaffordability to be tackled

James Sinnamon, an independent candidate for Lord Mayor of Brisbane, called upon Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to tackle the real cause of housing inflation rather than to apply band-aid measures at the expense of taxpayers.

UK Ministers warned of nuclear 'albatross'

Labour MP Paul Flynn told the House of Commons the “immense” cost of cleaning up nuclear waste – which he said was £73 billion – was probably an underestimate. The bill would amount to £3,000 for every family in the country.

Port Phillip Bay fishermen dispute dredging's clean bill of health

Recreational fisherman Trevor Buck says the claim by the Port of Melbourne Corporation echoed by Murdoch's Herald Sun newspaper "that water is now clearer at Rosebud than before the $1 billion project began" is rubbish.

See also More pro-dredging propaganda from the Herald-Sun

Seaweek - Sea World and Seagrass Watching

High School students to monitor threatened marine species in seagrass off Queensland's Gold Coast during Seaweek from 2nd March through 8th March.

Act now to protect Moreton Bay's endangered sea turtles and dugongs!

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Queensland Premier incurs Courier Mail's wrath for saving Regent Theatre

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh acts out of character in order to save one of the few remaining icons of Queensland's history in Brisbane's CBD.

Rotten donations culture threatens Brisbane

The key ingredients leading to the Wollongong developers donations scandal are all here in Brisbane. Both Queensland Liberal and Labor parties use the developers as cash cows for their election campaigns.

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