The #Gough political legacy and the vision thing: @sarah_capper column

Reading over the tributes to former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, who passed away last week, it’s difficult to write a tribute to such a great political giant without admitting that I wasn’t alive when Whitlam was in office. Growing up a decade later in the 80s, in a politically conservative household in the politically conservative state of Queensland, Whitlam was the stuff of folklore. I have memories of Bob Hawke as PM being yelled at during the nightly news, being told Keating was the ‘devil’, while Gough was supposedly the ‘worst Prime Minister in history’. In wanting to reject a lot of this conservative backdrop, and indeed the throws of […]

The business of risk: @adropex on values exposed by Credit Suisse @SantosLtd #Pilliga #csg report

On 3 July Credit Suisse, published a report on the Narrabri Gas Project (NGP). The NGP is a coal seam gas (CSG) operation in the Pillaga State Forest in northwestern NSW, owned and operated by Australian company Santos Ltd. The purpose of the report was: “To assess the risks to the NGP due to the complex environmental and social issues encompassing the history of the project, concerns specific to Narrabri and the NW, and more general issues with CSG particularly in NSW.” The report was compiled after meeting with concerned stakeholder groups including farmers, business owners, irrigators, environmentalists, local councillors, Santos and the heads of major investment funds. Credit Suisse […]

Sweetening the deal: #SPCsunday helps preserve Aussie icon @LindaDrummond reports

By Linda Drummond @LindaDrummond 15th February 2014 It’s easy to look at an issue and think: Someone should do something about that, but it seems our governments are becoming less inclined to be the ones to do something. So where does that leave us? We can either complain. Or we can act. Last week I acted, almost by accident, by creating the #SPCsunday campaign. As this article explains, a simple conversation on Twitter spread throughout the social media and into supermarkets and homes across Australia. Like anyone with a social conscience, when I act I hope to make a difference, but don’t really expect to. So I was pretty blown away […]