‘Civilisation is in a race between education and catastrophe’, H. G. Wells once said. One ongoing catastrophe – and there are many – is the uncertainty of food supply for the planet’s seven billion odd humans.
America’s presidential election is just 15 weeks away… Today, the Dis-united States of America – aka world’s ‘richest’ country – has nearly four million cases of COVID-19, and over 150,000 deaths attributed to the virus.
In all my years of writing and receiving negative flack, it is always these women that hurt me the most. Not with what they’ve said, but that my ‘sister’ would seek to kick me with such gusto.
The consensus is in: the economy rules, okay? Finally, what remains of the national cabinet is essentially united.
A possible connection between the water used by farmers east of the Pilliga State Forest and the proposed Santos Narrabri gas field is being ignored by the NSW Planning Department.
While New Zealand declares itself COVID-19 free this week, Australia, particularly Victoria and now NSW residents, are bracing themselves for fresh cases of the virus.
We do not like to be held accountable. It was not our fault. We didn’t do it. This broken world was not ours to fix. We didn’t fuck it… well, maybe a little. Maybe we had shares in BHP. Maybe we bought clothing made by children in sweatshops in the developing world. Maybe we used airplanes like taxis. Maybe we just coasted on the path of least resistance, instead of veering off onto paths less travelled.
The people of the Northern Rivers of NSW breathed a big sigh of relief when they stopped the unconventional gas industry at Bentley. But the industry didn't stop when it hit resistance – it simply went around us, and left the region in a false bubble of security.
If this isn’t the dreaded second wave of COVID-19, it will do until the real thing comes along.
Clarkes Beach, like many other east Australian beaches, is much changed, again. The sand is swept away, exposing reefs and riffles of round rocks.
If you have never been affected by an inappropriate development, there’s not much chance you would have interest in what others in the Shire have gone through.
We laugh and joke about them, and occasionally we curse them. We talk about them over dinner and sometimes threaten to sue the Council when our car suspension systems or tyres are wrecked.
What inspires you to push past your pain barrier? It’s the question that every personal trainer wants to know. What motivates you? How do you activate the mindset that gets you up at 5.30am when the alarm goes, and into a pair of exercise pants and runners? How does a person resist the temptation to snuggle a little longer in the fluffy warmth of the doona and go back to glorious sleep?
In the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, a new study has found that women’s birth choices are more likely to be supported by a midwife.
I have nothing against pop singers, some of them are very nice people, generous, tolerant, kind to children and dogs. And they give pleasure to many Australians…
Conserving primary forest and its biodiversity will reduce the likelihood of future disease outbreaks including pandemics like COVID-19, Ebola.
In November 2007, with enormous enthusiasm, Australian voters elected a Kevin Rudd-led Labor government in a landslide, with a huge mandate to implement an emissions trading scheme (ETS) to deal with anthropogenic climate change.
A Voluntary Visitor Fund (VVF) to entice the tourism sector to contribute funds to Council appears to have been a failure, according to a staff report in the June 25 Council agenda.
How dare this American billionaire destroy so many vital community assets in Australia for the sake of saving a fraction of one per cent of his fortune.
They’ve set the ABC up to cut itself, and then hold them responsible for the drastic changes; Silly Aunty, see what you’ve done now!
Australia awoke last week to the strains of Spike Milligan’s poignant refrain, ‘I’m walking backwards to Christmas.’ It may not be all the way to Christmas, but it could be even further – well into next year, and perhaps beyond that.
It is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt, tranquil spots that is beloved by local people and visitors to the Byron Shire. Allowing a cafe to be built here is a tragedy made real by the greed of developers, and the failure of councillors and Council staff to protect the public interest in the face of these endless development challenges.
In a historic alliance, the Gumbaynggirr custodians and environmentalists have come together to halt the logging taking place in Nambucca State Forest.
‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results’. That quote has often been attributed to Einstein, but he didn’t say it. His wife did. It’s not relativity theory, it’s domestic drudgery.
Déjà vu all over again. In the dim, dark ages before I even arrived in Canberra, I was writing stories about the Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party