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By Phil Smith Early in Part 2 of an old Dr Who episode, ‘The End of Time’, the Doctor is bound as a prisoner of the Master, a very intelligent villain who wants to own and control the world. Dr Who laments the waste of his captor’s brilliance on the pursuit of control. For a

By Stuart Rees West Papuans are Indigenous people, easily ignored, their natural resources exploited, homes and cultures destroyed, hundreds tortured, hundreds of thousands killed.  Our media reports endlessly about genocide in remote Xinjiang but not about genocide in neighbouring West Papua. Why? Not far from Australian shores, a colonial-type genocide prompts silence.  Commercial and military interests

By Kerry Laws For many years those involved in Australia's anti-uranium movement have been in awe of three courageous Tjiwarl women, Shirley & Elizabeth Wonyabong and Vicki Abdullah. Their determination and persistence to protect their ancestral country, on the edge of the Western Australian goldfields, from uranium mining has been an inspiration. Receiving a National

By Bonnie Cassen The Kiama community has worked hard to keep Boral’s hands and sand mining operations off the precious Minnamurra River catchment area. Having ‘lost’ the IPC decision, residents are gearing up for a fight. A lot has been going on behind the scenes since the NSW Independent Planning Commission approved the Boral sand

By Andy Hutchinson We live in an increasingly polarised society; one in which social media, precisely targeted advertising and heavily biased media organisations all conspire to drive people to ideological extremes. However, over the last ten years, what was once restricted to political viewpoints, has infected every facet of society. Moreover, the extreme behaviour that

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Environment

February 26, 2021

Ignoring Implications for ‘One Way In, One Way Out’ Towns in the Shoalhaven

By Bradley Stanton Have those in power learnt anything from the bushfires that raged through the Shoalhaven and across our country only last summer? We have a new hospital concept denied by various government levels despite providing a more centralised location and better services for the region. At the same time, the Shoalhaven is under […]

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February 26, 2021

Long Road to Recovery for Damaged Banksias at Culburra; Vandals Still at Large

By Bradley Stanton Last September, large numbers of mature banksias were vandalised along the foreshore of Allerton Avenue in Culburra Beach, exposed by council workers during routine maintenance. Banksia trees too often wear the brunt of environmental vandalism, thriving on our coastal dunes, views apparently more important than black cockatoo habitat. Residents including Jerrinja people […]

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February 26, 2021

What Do We Need To Own?

By Phil Smith Early in Part 2 of an old Dr Who episode, ‘The End of Time’, the Doctor is bound as a prisoner of the Master, a very intelligent villain who wants to own and control the world. Dr Who laments the waste of his captor’s brilliance on the pursuit of control. For a […]

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February 17, 2021

More Habitat Threatened by West Culburra Development

By Bonnie Cassen Biodiversity in Australia is under threat like never before. The three billion wildlife and millions of hectares of forest destroyed in the Black Summer fires of 2019/2020 leave all remaining habitat across the country precious and requiring protection. Development in West Culburra is back on the agenda with amended plans for the […]

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Community

February 26, 2021

Ignoring Implications for ‘One Way In, One Way Out’ Towns in the Shoalhaven

By Bradley Stanton Have those in power learnt anything from the bushfires that raged through the Shoalhaven and across our country only last summer? We have a new hospital concept denied by various government levels despite providing a more centralised location and better services for the region. At the same time, the Shoalhaven is under […]

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February 26, 2021

Long Road to Recovery for Damaged Banksias at Culburra; Vandals Still at Large

By Bradley Stanton Last September, large numbers of mature banksias were vandalised along the foreshore of Allerton Avenue in Culburra Beach, exposed by council workers during routine maintenance. Banksia trees too often wear the brunt of environmental vandalism, thriving on our coastal dunes, views apparently more important than black cockatoo habitat. Residents including Jerrinja people […]

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February 17, 2021

More Habitat Threatened by West Culburra Development

By Bonnie Cassen Biodiversity in Australia is under threat like never before. The three billion wildlife and millions of hectares of forest destroyed in the Black Summer fires of 2019/2020 leave all remaining habitat across the country precious and requiring protection. Development in West Culburra is back on the agenda with amended plans for the […]

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February 17, 2021

Little Penguin Moulting Season February to April – Keep a Respectful Distance

By Kristen Vickery The Little Penguin is the only species of penguin with colonies on the southern coastline of Australia. The Little Penguin goes through a crucial process annually known as moulting. The process occurs between February and April, following the breeding season - when we all need to slow down a little and take […]

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February 12, 2021

Bomaderry Creek – an Oasis Within Suburbia

By Bradley Stanton Only minutes from the Princes Highway is one of the most picturesque nature areas in the Shoalhaven, a haven of beauty and a regional park that’s necessary to protect into the future. Recently I had the opportunity to spend a day with local environmentalist Terry Barratt, during which I came to fully […]

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Politics

Colonial-Type Genocide in West Papua: Living in Constant Fear

By Stuart Rees West Papuans are Indigenous people, easily ignored, their natural resources exploited, homes and cultures destroyed, hundreds tortured, hundreds of thousands killed.  Our media reports endlessly about genocide in remote Xinjiang but not about genocide in neighbouring West Papua. Why? Not far from Australian shores, a colonial-type genocide prompts silence.  Commercial and military interests […]

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February 13, 2021

Lost in the Past - Wake Up Call for Government and Industry

By Peter Turner Last Friday’s watershed refusal by the Independent Planning Commission of the proposed expansion of the Dendrobium mine was a bubble-puncturing reality check for both the mining company and the Department of Planning. Eight kilometres west of Wollongong, the mine extracts metallurgical coal some 350 metres below the Metropolitan Special Area of the […]

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February 11, 2021

Breaking Down the Nuclear Chain - a Disaster at Every Phase

By Kerry Laws For many years those involved in Australia's anti-uranium movement have been in awe of three courageous Tjiwarl women, Shirley & Elizabeth Wonyabong and Vicki Abdullah. Their determination and persistence to protect their ancestral country, on the edge of the Western Australian goldfields, from uranium mining has been an inspiration. Receiving a National […]

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February 3, 2021

Tony Abbott Snipes at the Elite in New Role Funded by Mining, Petro-Chemical, Pesticide and Irrigation Industries

By Andy Hutchinson If there's a checklist for membership of the Australian chapter of the League of Power-Hungry Neoliberals, then Tony Abbott surely ticks all of the boxes. Carbon tax, abortion, gay rights, same-sex marriage, unions, BLM, lockdowns, asylum, Islam - he's against them all. He doesn't believe in climate change, he's an arch-monarchist, a […]

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