Category Archives: Australian politics

The politics of climate change in Australia

Tomorrow’s weather: hot, stormy, fiery

Science’s warnings about a warming Earth are getting sharper as each year brings new shocks. The Turnbull government must be on another planet. How do we feel about winter bushfires every year? That’s the sort of question we need to ask ourselves in … Continue reading

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The crimes of free-market capitalism

We are paying a heavy price for selling off public assets decades ago. As we sleep, democracy, the rule of law and all the institutions that make up civil society are being eaten alive by the world’s most voracious beast … Continue reading

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Struggling for words in the face of a crisis

We seem paralysed and struck dumb by the monstrous crisis threatening life on Earth. A couple of bystanders at Manly Beach in the ABC’s revived War on Waste series said all we need to know about our all-too-human response to … Continue reading

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