Author Archives: Peter Boyer

John Glover’s Patterdale: a love story

In 1831 a prominent English landscape artist took the extraordinary step, aged 63, of leaving his native land to live in Tasmania. He celebrated his new home in some memorable canvases, and today that home is being lovingly restored. From the colonial … Continue reading

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Do we really want the Greens to go away?

Public support for the Greens seems to be slipping, yet their message is more important than ever. State polls in Tasmania and South Australia and a federal by-election in Melbourne this month are food for thought for the Greens – … Continue reading

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Forests used and abused in the name of climate action

Governments claiming to be “meeting and beating” emissions targets are getting away with daylight robbery. For decades, statistics around forests, forestry and land-clearing have been the blunt instrument of choice to support all sides of the climate debate in Australia. … Continue reading

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