December 14, 2012

Trains NOT Toll Roads: Council Opposes State Government

Living in inner Melbourne as I now do, I support the concept of a rail link out to Doncaster and the eastern suburbs and NOT an East-West Toll Road/ freeway, which is now the State Government’s top transport priority! I […]
November 20, 2012

Social Enterprise And The ‘GOOD Gift’ Christmas Catalogue

This link is for an on-line catalogue of Christmas gifts offered by Social Enterprises in Australia. These businesses make products/gifts that ‘give a stuff’. Social Enterprises Care About Society What is a social enterprise? It is a business that […]
November 6, 2012

Other Grey Nomads Travelling North?

Kim has emailed us in the search for some like-minded people who may like to travel north next year. She writes: “I am 64 years old, very fit and can look after myself in most situations. I have a caravan […]
July 4, 2012

Bjorn Lomborg On Rich Countries At Rio Getting It Wrong

Prior to the United Nations’ green summit in Rio de Janeiro Bjorn Lomborg said “Turn On the Lights — Please: Poverty Pollutes.” Bjorn is author of ‘The Skeptical Environmentalist‘ and directs the Copenhagen Consensus Centre Sustainability Easier To Sell Than […]
June 29, 2012

A New Game? Electricity Demand Down Nearly 10%

Today RenewEconomy writes about the energy market game-changer, falling demand – saying: “Developers and network operators can tear up their business plans. And so can some renewable hopefuls too – the era of solar PV and price-conscious consumers is here.” […]
June 20, 2011

Community Action To Waylay Rural Business Decline

A few months ago, in Casterton, a small township in western Victoria, a room of 100 people gave a local community co-op the go-ahead to waylay a possible decline of rural businesses and services by reinstating the local hardware store. […]
June 19, 2011

Mobile Numbers, Telemarketers, And ‘Do Not Call’ Register

A hoax email stating that mobile phone numbers are about to to be released to telemarketing companies and that consumers will be charged for telemarketing calls made to them, has been circulating for some time, without a validating link. A […]
June 19, 2011

Cheaper, More Humane ‘Alternatives To Detention’ Handbook

There is now a handbook for governments around the world demonstrating how alternatives to detention are cheaper and more humane than mandatory detention. This is the result of a two year research partnership between the International Detention Coalition and La […]
May 23, 2011

IQ² Australia: Intelligent Discussion – Reasoned Analysis

IQ² Australia aims, unlike Parliament, to provide a series of thought provoking debates on crucial issues. You can watch the live debates and also participate. All debates are broadcast after the event on ABC radio and television and they are […]
March 29, 2011

Italy Processes Asylum Seekers In 2 Months – No Detention

It is reported that five people have committed suicide in Australian Detention Centres in the past seven months. A 19 year old Afghan asylum seeker committed suicide at the remote Curtin Detention Centre last night. Refugee advocates say he had […]
February 17, 2011

HelpOut Website Helping Disaster Survivors – Can You?

HelpOut cofounder, Nathon Irvin, says: ‘We wanted to find a way that average Aussies could assist flood, cyclone or fire victims in a non-financial but practical way’. HelpOut is an online service aimed at making it easier for disaster affected […]
November 11, 2010

Traffic Light Food Labelling ‘Healthiest’?

Front-of-pack food labelling is a hotly contested issue. Sydney lawyer Professor Roger Magnusson has been investigating the competing proposals for food labelling. He finds that an interpretive, front-of-pack labelling scheme could encourage healthier eating patterns as well as being a […]