Search Results: sustainability

  • MEDIA

    Celebrating the carbon tax

    • Tony Kevin
    • 28 February 2011
    32 Comments

    At last, an Australian government has presented for public consideration an intelligently conceived framework for a national carbon emissions plan. Has Gillard broken her pre-election 'no carbon tax' promise? Does it matter?

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Rain can't drown climate truth

    • Tony Kevin
    • 22 November 2010
    6 Comments

    Australians can rejoice in the good year our farmers are having. But farming in southern Australia continues to be a high-risk business. Climate change is inevitably going to make it harder to sustain all kinds of agriculture in inland southern Australia.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mary MacKillop's lesson for Murray-Darling irrigators

    • Michael Mullins
    • 18 October 2010
    7 Comments

    Tony Windsor is proving himself to be a politician of integrity and tact, but has his work cut out for him in the case of the Murray-Darling Basin irrigators. Mary MacKillop was a champion of rural and regional Australians. It is worth considering her strategy in the context of the irrigators' struggle for survival.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Asylum seekers are Australia's invisible homeless

    • Greg Foyster
    • 13 August 2010
    11 Comments

    Every day, Australians face north and scan the horizon. Has another boat arrived? But if our politicians and journalists want to see asylum seekers living in poor conditions, they need to look closer to home.

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  • EDUCATION

    A vote for the Greens is a vote against Catholic education

    • Stephen Elder
    • 12 August 2010
    26 Comments

    I differ with Frank Brennan in his belief that there is no harm in voting Green. The Greens' policy on funding for Catholic schools will force closures, increase fees and change the ability of Catholic schools to be genuinely Catholic. Stephen Elder, Director of Catholic Education, Melbourne

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    How to survive the next five billion years

    • Jeffrey Nicholls
    • 09 July 2010
    3 Comments

    Every year we mine about a billion tonnes of iron ore. If we keep this up for five billion years, we will have dug up the whole earth to a depth of about 10 km. Here is a guide to how human existence might continue until the sun dies.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    East Timor a not-so-simple solution

    • Jack de Groot
    • 09 July 2010
    21 Comments

    Julia Gillard said 'people like my own parents who have worked hard all their lives can't abide the idea that others might get an inside track to special privileges'. Managing similar perceptions in East Timor, where there is a tide of resentment against Australia among parts of the population, will be a challenge.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Gillard sustains population myth

    • Ruby J. Murray
    • 01 July 2010
    24 Comments

    I don't know about you, but last time I got on an outrageously late, over-crowded train at peak hour full of apparently longstanding Aussies in business suits, the first thing I thought was: I really wish Australia accepted fewer immigrants.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd tax act leaves vulnerable Australians hanging

    • Susan Helyar
    • 03 May 2010
    2 Comments

    Hopefully the Government's delay in providing a comprehensive response is not a sign of lost momentum, but rather means it is going to work directly with disadvantaged and vulnerable people and the organisations that support them to determine how best to address critical outstanding issues.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why 'welcome to country' is more than formality

    • Tony Smith
    • 31 March 2010
    9 Comments

    Christian prayer at public meetings cannot have the same importance as an acknowledgement of country. Indigenous peoples have a genuine spiritual association with the land. By recognising this, all Australians can be united in a non-denominational spirituality.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Thank God for McDonald's

    • Eleanor Massey
    • 17 March 2010
    7 Comments

    The cockatoo screeched, hurling himself against the windows of a Pitt Street high-rise. He didn't have a branch to sit on. We Sydney-siders, jammed between tower blocks which cut out the sun, and pavements shutting off the earth, were in sympathy. Thank God for McDonald's.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Reinventing our gathering places

    • Deborah Singerman
    • 26 November 2009
    1 Comment

    Just as architecture plays a role in community building, community building is important to architects looking to develop as creative innovators. A new breed of public spaces is helping put the flesh and blood back into 'community'.

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