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By Jade Lee When you think of homelessness, what images immediately come to mind? A dishevelled man in the middle of the day, asleep on a park bench clenching a paper bag and few possessions perhaps? Our misconceptions malign our marginalised minorities. On a wild winter’s night feeling safe and secure under my roof, in

By Phil Smith In case you missed it – and I am sure you haven’t – biodiversity is being lost hand over fist. What don’t our governments – indeed, any governments around the world – understand about the importance of protecting ecosystem health?  Biodiversity and ecosystem health are not just nice things to have, like

By Stuart Rees No need to be a wowser to insist that respect for truth cements civil society and that personal relationships, conduct in organisations and the implementation of governments’ policies depend on claims based on proven facts.   Exchange of truths contributes to trust, but if trust is absent, shared values, and mutual obligations

By Andy Hutchinson Like the Magna Carta of 1215, which failed because neither side kept to its commitments, Prince Charles's new Terra Carta is also doomed. His green manifesto is well-meaning (as many of his initiatives are), but like so many schemes that went before it, it makes one crucial mistake. Since the topic of

By Stuart Rees Four fault lines across US politics explain the fragility of democracy and the invasion and violence on the Capitol building. Like a thug armed with high explosives, President Trump exploited each fault line and then lit the dynamite to guarantee an explosion. The first fault line concerns centuries of racism and consequent

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Environment

January 18, 2021

In Response to Biodiversity Loss

By Phil Smith In case you missed it – and I am sure you haven’t – biodiversity is being lost hand over fist. What don’t our governments – indeed, any governments around the world – understand about the importance of protecting ecosystem health?  Biodiversity and ecosystem health are not just nice things to have, like […]

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January 12, 2021

Greenwash or Hogwash - can Charles's Terra Carta really save us from the profit hungry mining magnates?

By Andy Hutchinson Like the Magna Carta of 1215, which failed because neither side kept to its commitments, Prince Charles's new Terra Carta is also doomed. His green manifesto is well-meaning (as many of his initiatives are), but like so many schemes that went before it, it makes one crucial mistake. Since the topic of […]

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December 19, 2020

Adani's toxic touch - going from bad to worse, and all with Australia's blessing

By Sarah Ellyard Why is Australia’s Future Fund making investments that aren’t in the national interest; enabling mining interests and breaching human rights into the bargain? Just one more messy dealing tangled up in Adani. “Investing for the benefit of future generations of Australia”. The tagline on the website of Australia’s Future Fund sits stark […]

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December 18, 2020

The Little Things That Count

Words and photos by Chris Grounds We are all so involved nowadays in the big picture issues, thrown at us relentlessly each day in all media and journals, that engagements and attachments to natural environment that sustain and engage us can slip away. The Pied Oystercatcher (POC) [Haematopus longirostris] is an endangered and threatened species […]

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Community

January 19, 2021

Homelessness

By Jade Lee When you think of homelessness, what images immediately come to mind? A dishevelled man in the middle of the day, asleep on a park bench clenching a paper bag and few possessions perhaps? Our misconceptions malign our marginalised minorities. On a wild winter’s night feeling safe and secure under my roof, in […]

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January 13, 2021

Video Games Are Quite Good Actually

By Joshua Hutchinson Last year, on April 23rd, music artist Travis Scott descended onto Fortnite's Battle Royale Island as a colossal avatar of himself and performed a nine-minute set accompanied by psychedelic, all-encompassing visuals, for 12.3 million in-game attendees. Then, on October 21st, US Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez streamed herself playing Among Us for several […]

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December 16, 2020

Ultimately, Pork-Barreling Creates Stress and Anxiety

By Carmel McCallum Why are we talking about a bypass for Milton? Why did we get a bypass for Berry before Albion Park? Why is no-one talking about a bypass for Nowra? Is there another regional town in NSW suffering such abominable traffic congestion? The very last place where the Pacific Highway upgrade to dual […]

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December 11, 2020

Violence against women - the shadow pandemic hitting the South Coast hard

By Joanna Warren
Maybe one day we won’t need an international day calling to end violence against women. Perhaps instead, in a not-too-distant future, we can celebrate a day of equality and peace, and kindness. But in our imperfect world, there is still much work to do.

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December 7, 2020

We Need to Talk About Mental Health - a Comic

By Liz Argall We thank Liz Argall for sending us her latest comic. Liz told us that earlier in the year, just before Covid-19 hit, she had felt the pressing need to create a longer comic, one telling a more difficult story. While her Things without comics focus on kindness, feelings and connection, there were […]

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Politics

Conspiracy Theorists, Free Speech and Australian Politicians

By Stuart Rees No need to be a wowser to insist that respect for truth cements civil society and that personal relationships, conduct in organisations and the implementation of governments’ policies depend on claims based on proven facts.   Exchange of truths contributes to trust, but if trust is absent, shared values, and mutual obligations […]

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January 9, 2021

Trump Thuggery Exploits Political Fault Lines

By Stuart Rees Four fault lines across US politics explain the fragility of democracy and the invasion and violence on the Capitol building. Like a thug armed with high explosives, President Trump exploited each fault line and then lit the dynamite to guarantee an explosion. The first fault line concerns centuries of racism and consequent […]

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January 6, 2021

Assange Decision Welcome but Sullied by Legal Chicanery

By Stuart Rees The British judge’s ruling preventing Julian Assange from extradition to the United States is welcome. But it comes alongside a charade called justice in which British authorities held an unconvicted person in a top security prison and made his defence as difficult as possible. On the grounds that any rationale to refuse […]

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December 19, 2020

Adani's toxic touch - going from bad to worse, and all with Australia's blessing

By Sarah Ellyard Why is Australia’s Future Fund making investments that aren’t in the national interest; enabling mining interests and breaching human rights into the bargain? Just one more messy dealing tangled up in Adani. “Investing for the benefit of future generations of Australia”. The tagline on the website of Australia’s Future Fund sits stark […]

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