Why we should feel free to “desecrate” the Australian flag and other shibboleths

Why we should “desecrate” the Australian flag and to refuse to sing or stand for the anthem or other so-called patriotic symbols and other shibboleths We often read media stories or posts on Twitter, or elsewhere, defending the flag, the national anthem, Australia Day or other icons of nationhood or celebrating the nation state and... Continue Reading →

The transition from ICE to EVs and hybrids – summary

The transition to EVs will be much faster than generally anticipated if the announcements of leading car manufacturers and manufacturing countries is taken for granted. The table below lists these announcements and, based on them, once could assume that by 2030 it will become increasingly difficult to buy new ICE vehicles globally. Additionally it's likely... Continue Reading →

Democratic Follies

The Failure of Representative Democracy Australia’s political parties and its mainstream media exist in a little bubble of self-satisfaction and complacency about our representative democracy - as exemplified recently by Scott Morrison’s reflection that ‘at least in Australia people demonstrating don’t get shot at’. If this is the best measure he can summon of the... Continue Reading →

The Most Corrupt Government in Australian History – a summary

The current government is the most dishonest, dangerous, incompetent, corrupt, hypocritical and unaccountable government in Australian political history. By this, I mean the Liberal National party in it’s three terms of office stretching back over eight years. It has undermined every notion of good government and ministerial accountability.

Judgement Day will Come

I see the fires’s dull dangerous glowIt flickers like the anger in my soulA burning rage at the failed leadersThe tentacles of grief grasp our heartsFor the destruction of our olive landLike the wreathes of smoke curling upEach fire the death of a thousand animalsMurdered on the killing fields of climateA bloody plain of lies,... Continue Reading →

Murder by any other name – When will we start calling climate science denying politicians what they are: murderers!!

The Bahamas. This is not an accident (Photo Our News Travis Carroll) Are Scott Morrison, Donald Trump, Bolsonaro, Boris Johnson and a myriad other leaders, former leaders (Abbott), and ministers (Proudfoot, Taylor etc) murderers? In my book, yes. When you take actions that you know are going to kill people then that makes you, arguably,... Continue Reading →

Environmental Anecdotes (Episode 5). The Franklin: One Chair Down

The chair lay smashed in tiny pieces on the floor. I'm not certain how many times I had smashed it against the filing cabinet. It was the cabinet in which we kept the Pedder files (on Lake Pedder).

Fortunately this was before the age of the church's descent in to child abuse infamy since, if you referred, today, to the location in which you kept your Pedder files many would look at you askance. Then no-one blinked.

My memory is that I wielded the chair twice, with considerable force, but others, no doubt motivated by their concern for my welfare, say it was more - all no doubt to demonstrate my undoubted virility. Five or six times, they say. Oh, yes you were really angry. Well justified! And it was a well made chair!

Environmental Anecdotes (Episode 4) The Franklin: A Federal Government Wedding Team from the SMH

THIS IS NOT A HISTORICAL RECORD. AS PER TRUMPIAN LOGIC, NO APOLOGIES MADE FOR ERRORS, EXAGGERATION, OMISSIONS, BAD TASTE OR MISREPRESENTATIONS. The call came to Bob Brown's office at the Davey St head office of the Wilderness Society (TWS). Or at least what purported to be the head office, since no part of the organisation's... Continue Reading →

Environmental Anecdotes (Episode 2) The Franklin Campaign: The Law of the Land and other Legends in their own Lunchtimes

This is not a historical record. As per Trumpian logic, no apologies made for errors, exaggeration, omissions, bad taste or misrepresentations. For those with a humour deficit it's worth pointing out that satire and sarcasm are not to be taken seriously, especially when written about individuals. I well remember the day and a few others... Continue Reading →

Twixt a strategy and chaos…

A well managed organisation, corporate or non-profit, is an exception rather than the rule - and political parties are worse than most. If campaigning organisations put in place just a few strategies to mitigate conflict and improve efficiency they would be much more successful

A lie is better than the truth in our society

We increasingly live in an Orwellian age where speaking out can have a high cost. Historically that has also been true - we need only think of the Nazis, Stalinism, the Inquisition, Pol Pot. But Governments have never been more capable of monitoring our every move. Our employers monitor our Facebook posts. Every phone has a built in recording device.

The premium on truth has never been higher. And nowhere more so than in politics and political parties. For the Greens, which claim higher standards, the challenge has never been greater. We need internal systems that promote honest discussion rather than suppressing them; that provide clear and independent complaints processes. We need to take the beam out of our own eye. Because blind loyalty is a curse for organisations, and one that leads to corruption and incompetence.

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