Category Archives: local government

Failing government shamed by local advances

While “higher” levels of government dither, local authorities are wrestling with climate change. When you think about it, it’s breathtaking. The 2017 federal budget is seeking to close the books on Australia’s biggest economic, social and environmental issue of this … Continue reading

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Sustainable cities are equitable cities

Habitat III will have important things to say about urbanisation, but there can be little confidence it will have an impact in Australia. It may seem obvious that most people live in cities, but it’s actually been true for less … Continue reading

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The unrecognised cost of discarding and forgetting

A tax on the dumping of waste today will lessen the burden later Like clockwork, each week we line our streets with bins of stuff we don’t want, and each week the stuff is whisked away, out of sight and out of mind. … Continue reading

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