Export #solar not #coal, a 21st century Australian infrastructure project writes @takvera

Australia's Solar Radiation Energy Resource

If our Australian political leaders had any vision they might consider a 21st century renewables energy scheme similar in scope and vision to the Snowy Mountains Hydro scheme, for northern Australia, and linking us with some of our northern neighbours. Instead we have seen political pandering to the greed of fossil fuel companies, like the […]

Labor’s 50 percent #renewables policy bare minimum for staying under 2 degrees. #Auspol says @takvera

Mr Shorten views UNSW's rooftop solar panels with UNSW Engineering Dean Mark Hoffman, President and Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs, Professor Stuart Wenham, Professor Martin Green and Labor member Matt Thistlethwaite. Photo: Robert Largent.

Labor Opposition leader Bill Shorten’s advocacy of a 50 per cent renewables target at Labor’s National conference in Melbourne has effectively made action on climate change a policy point of difference from the Abbott government for the next election. But the target has been assessed as the bare minimum renewables target for staying on a […]

Battle of #coal vs #renewables in northern Queensland writes @takvera

Photo: John Englart

In the 2015 Australian budget $5 billion was put aside for a northern development fund. Prime Minister Tony Abbott called on Business leaders in Queensland’s north to develop a plan for a power station that could be considered for funding under this new fund. The Federal Government would like to see something like a proposal […]

Renewables firmly favoured by public in #Auspol opinion poll – @takvera

Photo: John Englart

It should come as no surprise that the Australian public enormously favours development of renewables. This is seen not only in public opinion polling on the issue, but also the rapid take up of roof top solar presently on 1.4 million Australian homes. Recent opinion polling (21 July, 2015) by Essential Research on renewables finds […]

Stiglitz: Global #carbonpricing with cross-border tariffs needed to fight #climate change – @takvera

Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz speaking at the Our Common Futures Conference, Paris July, 2015

Nobel award winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has raised the prospect of a global carbon tax lead by a ‘coalition of the willing’, with cross border taxes on goods from non-participating countries, as one strong measure to transition the planet to low emissions and fight climate change. Speaking at the plenary of the Our Common Future […]

New Zealand sets unambituous and conditional #climate change target reports @takvera

Green fields north of Rotorua and the cooling tower of Ohaaki Geothermal power station in the middle distance. Photo: John Englart

While we wait for the Australian Government to release our post 2020 climate targets, expected later this month, John Englart reports on New Zealand’s climate target it has just submitted to the United Nations in the lead up to the December Climate conference in Paris, and the reaction from civil society and scientific community. New […]

Rematch as #Inditalks about @MirabellaSophie and @IndigoCathy new #IndiVotes duel: @Jansant reports

Sophie Mirabella and family after winning Liberal preselection for Indi at the next federal election.

Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) won Liberal party preselection today at Benalla, setting up a rematch in what will likely be the most watched seat at the next federal election, Indi. Humbled by support of #Indi Liberal members today. We will continue to listen and work with fellow locals #inditalks pic.twitter.com/540LBLaplC — Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) June 28, […]

Scare tactics and @TonyAbbottMHR’s war on #qanda over @ZakyMallah’s truth bomb: @jansant comments

Zaky Mallah QandA

When the politicisation of “national security” morphs into a vicious attack on the independence of our Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), it’s another sign Australia is racing down the road towards a fascist state. This confected outrage about #qanda reveals the depth of the totalitarian impulse in this government. It frightens me. — Jane Caro (@JaneCaro) […]

Navigating prejudice: @burgewords explores #MatthewFlinders

MATTHEW FLINDERS

It’s time to shift perspective and explore the homophobia Matthew Flinders encountered. SPECULATION about the sexual orientation of iconic English seaman Matthew Flinders rose like a colourful maritime flag over a decade ago when previously unknown letters surfaced, including emotionally charged passages written by Flinders to fellow explorer George Bass. In his 2007 Meanjin article “Exploring love: […]

#Aid, push factors and people smuggling #OnWaterGate – @mary_sayed comments

Refugee camp, Myanmar

The latest low to which the Australian Government – current and previous – has sunk in order to push refugees out of sight and out of mind has made headline news. The major parties’ blind determination to treat refugees as inhumanely as possible seems to know no bounds. We are now refusing to allow boats […]