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A son’s endless political conversation with activist elder @GrattonWilson, AO MSc 1929-2014: @BenGrant58

  “A couple of weeks back one of my sons dropped by for a few days and introduced me to Twitter,” wrote Gratton Wilson in his debut article for No Fibs. “Turned out it was like taking on a new job,” he observed. In the three years since, this scientist and activist, who died on June 7, 2014, garnered a devoted following for his clear arguments and common sense on climate change, compassion for asylum seekers and progressive politics. Along the way he put many noses out of joint. Job well done, it could be said. Desperate asylum seekers all over the world will never stop getting on to leaky boats. […]

Climate change election no-show a shame for all of us: @GrattonWilson

By Gratton Wilson   The important matter of climate change seems to have received little attention by politicians during the election debate. There have been some exchanges but nothing substantial has been added by the chief players. There has been significant contributions from experts, all of whom confirm that the Coalition Direct Action Plan will not deliver the emission reduction target agreed as necessary by the two main contenders. The LNP has not provided sufficient funding to deliver its own flawed policy. If the LNP form Government it will be extremely disappointing to those concerned for the future of the Planet. Overseas literature, media and scientific articles make it clear […]

Why do we believe what we do about boat people: @GrattonWilson reflects

By Gratton Wilson I have been following the debate about asylum refugees attempting to come to Australia by boats organised by ‘people smugglers’ on Twitter and associated documents. I was particularly attracted to a comment about the embedded cultural attitude we appear to still have towards people who we judge to be different. This made me think about other factors that may have gone to forming my own attitude to this issue. I was conscious of attitudes of Australians to Chinese people in the early 1930s because we lived opposite a Chinese market garden on the river flats opposite our home. We bought vegetables there every week and so we kids […]

Election 2013 climate change policies: @GrattonWilson reports

  By Gratton Wilson   I started to write this note a few days ago but like most people interested in removing greenhouse gas pollution from the atmosphere I was thrown into confusion on learning that the Government had changed its policy of putting a price on carbon by means of a fixed price. The change is to an Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) with a floating price on carbon commencing at around $6 tonne. This was formally announced by the Prime Minister on 16 July to become operational in July 2014. The move to an ETS will cost the Budget $3.8 Billion which will be found by making savings in the […]

A letter on our future from activist elder @GrattonWilson

Margo: Recently someone with a wise face followed me and interacted in an interesting way. I asked him to write for me and this is his response. I’ve made it part 3 of our series on new political activists, although he has been active his whole life. This piece is a new manifestation, and I’m crossing fingers Mr Wilson will agree to be @NoFibs climate change election reporter. By Gratton Wilson June 09, 2013 A few years back my wife let me play with her computer after I spent some time at the local TAFE, learning how the thing worked. That made it a whole lot easier to write letters to the local paper, usually commenting on […]

Time for policy meat from the incoming Abbott government, but how can we get it?

by Margo Kingston 19 August 2013 It’s over for Labor. I knew it intellectually when I saw Rudd steal from the Coalition the Northern Australia policy Labor had already destroyed, then hold up a bottle of vegemite to scare voters about a GST Abbott had convincingly ruled out in his first term. I felt it when I read Labor election campaign strategists telling Rudd via Peter Hartcher how he should change his tactics. So that’s that then. For those progressives who engage with and care about politics it’s time to drown sorrows, go on holidays or shred your humanity playing blame games or clawing members of the winning team. For the media, […]

Immersion journalism for democracy

June 15, 2013 For more than a decade I argued inside and outside election planning meetings at the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that we must do immersion journalism in key seats. Rushing in and out of seats on the circus bus and making a few calls to profile marginals was crap, I argued. My last experience on the bus, during the 1996 election, convinced me never to do it again. I wrote of the experience in my book on Pauline Hanson’s free-form, authentic encounters with Australians during the 1998 election campaign: ‘Any honest look at the disillusion in the Australian political landscape has to face up to the […]