Save the Gold Coast's seagrasses!

The health of the Gold Coast's seagrass, vital for dugongs and turtles, is under constant threat from both natural and human impacts

South East Asian wetlands threatened by overdevelopment

Wetlands are threatened by 'development' all over Asia, and in Laos the results could be catastrophic. Read original article in On Line Opinion or read copy here.

Joe Hockey's "Work Choices" back flip: too little, too late

November 2005, WorkChoices legislation was rammed through Parliament. Barely a week in the House; just three weeks for Senate review.

Now, suddenly, former Work Place Relations Minister Hockey proclaims
that WorkChoices "went too deep; it was a mistake," even though it was introduced with "the best intentions."

Federal elections and Queensland local government amalgamations

Australians, finally able to rejoice at the demise of the hated Howard government, can count themselves lucky that the Queensland Labor Government's undemocratic local government amalgamations program enacted at the behest of the Property Council of Australia did not fatally undermine Federal Labor's election campaign.

How the bean-counters took over the campaign

The fiscal management for which Treasurer Costello has been lauded is not the same as economic management. As economic managers, Howard and Costello would not even earn a grade of 'pass'. (Read original article on Online Opinion or read copy on this site.)

Greens welcome Rudd family calls to stop Traveston Dam

Today’s reports of Kevin Rudd’s own family decrying his silence on the proposed Mary River dam are sentiments shared by many Queenslanders, who deserve to know what Labor’s position on the dam is before voting on Saturday, said the Greens today.

Staff cuts blamed on sale of Telstra

According to Independent candidate for Calare Gavin Priestley the recent announcement of technical staff redundancies in Telstra highlights a lack of service control created by the Coalition Government’s sale of Telstra. Original article is from the Nyngan Observer.

Review of Naomi Klein’s "The Shock Doctrine"

I hate to resort to clichés, but this is a ‘must read’ book – the kind that only gets published once in a hundred years.

The theory Klein develops is that the main reason for the rise of democracy and social-welfare with its old age pensions, public hospitals, public housing, and universal education after the Great Depression of the 1930s was that the beneficiaries of the robber-baron culture which had dominated until then were aware that if people were kept sufficiently miserable, they would turn to communism and socialism.

Reading of the desecration and live dismemberment of Iraq and seeing the name KPMG, I could not help but think of how our recent Premier, Steven Bracks, who was so fond of public-private partnerships, and whose government gave away 20 ha of public land in Royal Park to private 52% owned Singapore developer, Australand. In a move which even the departing Queensland Premier criticised, Bracks recently began to work for KPMG Peat Marwick, which, incidentally, is involved in reconstruction efforts in East Timor.

Also published on Web Diary. See also: "Shock Doctrine's Shocking Short Shrift" of 8 Nov 07 by Carolyn Baker.

The myth of the Howard Government's defence competence

In the last days of the 2007 election campaign, John Howard continues to peddle the Big Lie that his Government is safeguarding Australia's defence needs. In fact, his Government has undermined the "self containtment" policy established painstakingly by Australian governments prior to the Second World War in favour of always buying overpriced and often inferior American equipment.

Also published on Opinion on 21 November 2007 and on Margo Kingston's webdiary.

Greens shred WorkChoices on building site

Greens lead Senate candidate Larissa Waters joined building workers on a Brisbane building site this morning and pledged to abolish all of the government's WorkChoices laws and the controversial Australian Building and Construction Commission.

Newcastle group blocks coal train to stop climate change

Two days after the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that the effects of climate change will be even worse than previously anticipated the group Rising Tide in Newcastle Australia has taken direct action against the threat, setting an example for the rest of us to follow.

Boswell’s Senate record reveals why he’s scared of the Greens

Nationals Senator Ron Boswell’s record of Senate inactivity could be the reason for his stated concern about losing his seat to Greens lead Senate candidate Larissa Waters.

Greens condemn Flannery's support for Environment Minister Turnbull

Greens leader Bob Brown has attacked environmental scientist Dr Tim Flannery's for endorsement of Malcolm Turnbull.

Poor Howard government advertising standards exposed.

The poor standards of the Coalition on Government advertising, exposed again in the annual report of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet for the year ending June 30 2007 according to Australian Democrats Senator Andrew Murray.

No new ideas in Coalition's punitive dead end drugs policy

Plans by Prime Minister John Howard to quarrantine welfare payments of convicted drug users will only compound the difficulty of their rehabilition and increase the likelihood of property crime according to Brian McConnell, President of Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform.

Howard's Economic Hallucinations

John Howard's promise that no-one will "be in any way adversely affected by" changes Industrial Relations legislation if he is re-elected, already made once before and broken once before, is scrutinised.

Mark Latham's political gift to John Howard

In his article "Latham: Beware the Polls and The Swinging Voter" in the AFR of 17 November former Labor leader Mark Latham praises John Howard's economic management, in general finds surprisingly little fault with his government and labels the union movement's "Rights at Work" campaign a "scare campaign"

Your help needed to save Port Phillip Bay

Blue Wedges needs money to mount a legal challenge to save the marine wonders beneath the entrance to Port Phillip Bay from the threat of channel dredging.

How do you spell P-O-R-K?

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) "slammed the Howard Government's use of a key regional grants program, citing many examples of financial mismanagement and apparent pork-barrelling." [The Australian, 15 November]

A bill to stop the Traveston Dam

Independent Candidate for Wide Bay Cate Molloy vows to introduce bills to stop the Traveston Dam and forced council amalgamations.

State Government hoodwinking Queenslanders about amalgamation

Cate Molloy, Independendent candidate for the seat of Wide Bay refutes claims that the Queensland Government decided to forcibly amalgmate councils only after receiving the recommendation from the Independent Commission on Council Amalgamations.

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The Senescence of Civilization

Society has used up a high proportion of the available natural bounty capital in the temporary industrialization of civilization. It has done this because its suffers from the usufruct delusion and does not recognize its total dependence on the goods and services available from nature. It is learning about the consequences of the immutable duality of using stored energy and the ensuring climate change. It is learning about what went wrong in the exuberant growth of industrial civilization and its population of parasites.

Voting Systems

The advantages of preferential voting and direct elections and why proportional representation is not a solution.

Rudd and Howard's eduction promises farcical - Molloy

Both the Prime Minister and Kevin Rudd are only paying lip service to the real needs of our education system according to Cate Molloy, who is standing for the Federal seat of Wide Bay as an independent.

Carers calling for a better deal this election

Carers Alliance Lead Senate Candidate for Queensland, Felicity Maddison has called upon the new Federal Government to immediately implement a memorandum of understanding for Queensland’s carers.

Confirmed: AWAs are UNfair!

Mark Wooden, leading Australian economist, clarified the role of AWAs beyond any shadow of a doubt. Wooden affirmed that employers enthusiastically embraced AWAs "because they could legally reduce pay and conditions." [Fairness test killing AWAs, PM warned,The Australian, 12 November]

Moreton Bay Threatened by Channel Dredging

Queensland Wildlife Preservation Society calls for Review of the Moreton Bay Marine Park Zoning Plan to consider impacts of dredging on seagrass, which is vital for turtles, dugongs and healthy fisheries.

Liberal Party candidates' "cheat sheets" prepared at taxpayers' expense

If I understand correctly, the Howard Government paid "hundreds of Canberra public servants [to] prepare seat-by-seat 'cheat sheets'" intending to use those cheat sheets to "plan its political advertising." "Thousands of hours ... at taxpayers' expense ... " [Canberra Times, 10 November]

Queensland Democrats Senator calls for direct democracy

Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett called for greater protections such as the public right to appeal against the lawfulness of decisions that directly affect them.

So you want to fight global warming? Wear a condom.

"... You can't grow your population by 18% over 17 years and expect as Canada does to cut GHG emissions by 6% over that same period. Tony Blair failed to meet his GHG target for much the same reason. When Australia increased its population by 30% since 1990, its GHG emissions increased by 31%. ..."

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