Category Archives: Australian politics

The politics of climate change in Australia

We are a nation in denial

Experts, opinion leaders, politicians and the rest of us are in denial about Australia’s grossly inadequate climate response. Next time you hear a political leader talk about progress in curbing greenhouse emissions, bear this in mind: right now, the level of carbon … Continue reading

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Beneath the waves, a disaster in the making

Marine heatwaves are devastating our coastal ecosystems like nothing we’ve ever seen. “The great mother of life” was how Rachel Carson, author of the 1962 environmental classic Silent Spring, described the sea. Today the great mother of life is ailing, … Continue reading

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The changing face of Anzac Day

It’s time we stopped patriotic posturing by globe-trotting politicians and returned Anzac Day to its community roots. Another Anzac Day is almost upon us, with its reminders of ultimate sacrifices on Gallipoli beaches and Flanders fields, and choruses of “we will remember … Continue reading

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