Category Archives: planning

Houston, we have a problem

Despite Harvey’s battering, US political and opinion leaders are holding fast to the idea that extreme events are unrelated to man-made climate change. Deluged with news from Texas, we can be forgiven for thinking that Hurricane Harvey was the worst global weather event … Continue reading

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Truth in politics is stranger, and darker, than fiction

Utopia beautifully satirises the failings of politics and the bureaucracy. The trouble is, the reality is so much worse. The fuss over dual citizenship is a reminder that no matter how many flags are behind MPs when they strut the … Continue reading

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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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