Few of us could have imagined that a virus invisible to the human eye could bring the world economy to its knees. Wealthy countries like Australia and New Zealand have cushioned the blow with modest support for businesses, workers, and the unemployed. But many poor countries are struggling even to keep people alive or working. […]
2 July 2020 Photo Black Lives Matter Rally Melbourne. Matt Hrkac 2020. Flickr cc. When I heard the news of the George Floyd’s killing, I was really sad, but not the least surprised. Now, I am actually hopeful that something will be done to stop the ingrained racism in this country. Most Australians are still […]
Brendan Coates. Money for social housing, not home buyers’ grants, is the key to construction stimulus.
Brendan Coates, Grattan Institute. Photo Dan Himbrechts/AAP. There’s no doubt Australia’s construction industry is facing tough times. COVID-19 has caused migration to slow to a trickle. Some 2.6 million Australians have in the past two months either lost their jobs, or had their hours cut. Many economists expect property prices to fall. It all adds […]
Thalia Anthony & Stephen Gray. Was there slavery in Australia? Yes. It shouldn’t even be up for debate.
Thalia Anthony University of Technology Sydney. Stephen Gray Monash University. Photo In 1891 a ‘Slave Map of Modern Australia’ was printed in the British Anti-Slavery Reporter. Author provided. Prime Minister Scott Morrison asserted in a radio interview that “there was no slavery in Australia”. This is a common misunderstanding which often obscures our nation’s history of […]
Bill Hare & Ursula Fuentes. A single mega-project exposes the Morrison government’s gas plan as staggering folly.
Bill Hare Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Ursula Fuentes Murdoch University. Photo Mick Tsikas/AAP. Every few years, the idea that gas will help Australia transition to a zero-emissions economy seems to re-emerge, as if no one had thought of it before. Federal energy minister Angus Taylor is the latest politician to jump on the […]
4 July 2020 Photo No new coal. John Enghart 2018. flickr cc. It’s not difficult knowing what to do to prevent an environmental and human catastrophe. What’s difficult is making it happen and starting it now, especially in Australia. These articles highlight some recommendations for governments. It’s difficult to turn (or click on) a page […]
2 July 2020 Photo Save the Amazon. Daniel Arrhakis. flickr cc. Australia faces some surprisingly similar issues to the Amazon, especially the rapid impact of climate change from increasing emissions of greenhouse gases, felling vital forests, unsustainable farming and mining practices, growing inequalities between rich and poor, and the excessive influence of domestic and foreign […]
3 July 2020 Photo Black Lives Matter Rally Melbourne 6 June 2020. Matt Hrkac. flickr cc. Polls conducted over recent months indicate that voters are generally approving the way governments have addressed the Covid-19 pandemic. Our political leaders are enjoying, however briefly, a period of endorsement by their constituents. Another poll of a different sort, […]
Glenn Banks. Climate explained: why we need to focus on increased consumption as much as on population growth.
Photo Thomas La Mela/Shutterstock. 4 June 2020. Glenn Banks Massey University. Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff, and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change.If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. “Almost every threat to modern humanity […]
Frank Jotzo. Morrison government dangles new carrots for industry, but fails to fix bigger climate policy problem.
Photo Mick Tsikas/AAP. 4 June 2020. Frank Jotzo, Australian National University. The intricacies of climate change policy have not been front of mind for the Australian government this last half year, but the issue is now back on the agenda. Yesterday a review chaired by energy industry executive Grant King into new low-cost sources of […]
4 June 2020. I was intrigued when invited to review Mary Burke’s My Cry is to All That Live: Voices of Women & Earth in the Gospels, as the book moved outside my normal interests. I don’t often explore an ecofeminist point of view, and I wasn’t sure I would find this book relatable. Yet, […]