Is Coal Cheaper Than Renewables as an Energy Source?

So much of what we read and are told about complex issues are affected by the widely varying views of a range of stake-holders.  As is usual, those with much power and money have more opportunity to disseminate the message that they wish to promote.  Sadly, that rarely aligns with the interests of the general public, unless by coincidence.  Worse still, such viewpoints rarely take a broad contextual view of…

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FAKE NEWS

Oh, how our politicians must love the new media laws and the control of our mainstream media by a couple of financial giants set to increase further. Already we have seen the drastic effects that poor or controlled journalism can achieve.  One only has to consider the election of Donald Trump, the vote for Brexit or the return of the Abbott/Turnbull two-headed coin government. It’s ironic that Trump seems to…

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Parrtjima light festival illuminates Aboriginal culture

Congratulations to those who have put into the Festival of Light. I sincerely hope that it encourages the treasuring and preservation of First Australian culture, as well as a better understanding by non-Aboriginal people of how valuable this heritage is to the nation. I am aware that some First Australians see the event as an inappropriate one that does harm to Aboriginal heritage, tradition and belief and I hope that…

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Same sex ‘marriage’ misses the point.

First, let me make it clear that I have no issues with what is a natural occurrence, i.e. that there may be duality of gender but there is certainly a plurality of sexualities. I will not, therefore, single out one or more of those sexualities as I will not, therefore, consider it logical or valid to single out one or more of those sexualities as being in some way “inappropriate”…

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Australian Parliamentary Eligibility Farce

Australian Parliamentary Eligibility would appear to be available to NO Australian. How bizarre? However, it seems that because of the wording of Section 44 of the Constitution [ http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/Publications_Archive/archive/Section44 ] which deals with disqualification, becoming ineligible can depend on the laws of other nations. As it stands, the laws of New Zealand effectively make all Australians ineligible to hold office in either the upper or lower houses of the Federal…

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Garma: In 2017, the struggle for Indigenous Australians

A commentator who tells it straight and fairly. Stan Grant is one of the rarest of commentators and broadcasters in that he tells it as it is and without malice, favouritism, ideological bias or innuendo. If you want to understand the current situation, history, and issues relating to the First Australians, look out for commentary by Stan Grant. You will rarely, if ever, find another who surpasses his intelligent, accurate…

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Famine and Fortitude – WE need to help.

The UNICEF post to which I’ve linked below shows both the terrible consequences that can be wrought on life by the vagaries of nature and, at the same time, highlights the fortitude, strength and courage that can be displayed by the victims of disaster. The apparently innate ability of human beings to strive for survival, no matter what the odds, is strikingly apparent, not least in the pleasure of children…

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Nearly 100 million girls … Menstrual Hygiene

The 28th of May is marked as Menstrual Hygiene Day.  Its aim is to draw attention to the lack of appropriate menstrual hygiene facilities for girls and women in many countries around the World. One consequence of failure to provide such facilities is that it is a major contributor to the fact that almost 100 million girls do not attend high school, Menstrual hygiene is NOT just an issue for…

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Thinking Our Way Forward

We need this sort of thinking in our political parties.  Mostly, at present, our representatives [not] are self-serving and/or manipulees of others, of poor intellect, devoid of ethical or other than fake moral character, often even corrupt, rarely rational, ignorant or dismissive of even the most significant evidence, lacking in compassion, and totally acculturated to a materialistic and capitalist, top-down society.  There are, of course, a few exceptions but they…

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