Eat Your Greens

Speak Truth to Power
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Hallo. Kia Ora. Olá. Ni Hao. Namaste

How many times as a child were you told to eat your greens? It's because eating our greens is good for us and, in time, we come to love them. Some of us even end up growing them. Being informed is also good for us, it's a core responsibility we have as humans. Even more than that, if we want a kinder, gentler, more compassionate society, one which, presumably, we would all benefit from, it's also incumbent upon us to refrain from taking a position on any subject by basing that position on an ideology, merely because we are not prepared to apply the intellectual rigour required to properly understand it.

With that as a foundation, it's reasonable therefore to conclude that in today's world, there is a surfeit of news coverage, and with it no shortage of opinion, on topics various - drought, bushfires, water management, the environment, climate change, economics, human rights, the welfare of others, political machinations, the list goes on. It's against this background of news saturation that a library of credible journalism from reliable sources was established. You can access it here if you really want to wade through 3,000 + articles. It morphed into 'Eat Your Greens', in an attempt to present information, easily accessible, that contributes to making us a better informed, gentler and kinder society. It's also incumbent upon us, if we are to have this kinder, gentler, more compassionate society, that we hold the political class to account.

'Eat Your Greens' attempts to expose this and hold those guilty accountable, by shining a light into some dark corners and turning over some rocks - and - who wouldn't want that. Read on.
the problem with it

Every now and then someone will begin a sentence with "I'm no expert but …" which will invariably, though not always, precede a monologue resembling little more than a passing acquaintance to the subject at hand, revealing the speaker's pre-conceived version of the truth. This is not knowledge, it's an opinion, which, as Plato put it, is the bridge between ignorance and knowledge, and which outs itself as nothing more than ideology.

Ideology is not grounded in kindness or knowledge, it's usually grounded in the preservation of power, in privilege, prejudice, in any or all its manifest forms, or in fear, or a combination of all of those things. Ideology preserves injustice, destruction of environment, marginalisation of minorities, racism, institutionalised discrimination, species extinction, preservation of privilege, and high-office graft. Ideology encourages hyper-partisan reasoning due to what psychologists call "motivated cognition," which is the act of deciding what you want to believe and using your reasoning power, with all its might, to get you there. Just as it's true for individuals, it's also true for organisations and nation states.

'Eat Your Greens' looks at the juxtaposition between economy and society, a distinction that political ideology fails to make. Making political decisions based solely on an Ideology starts wars, divides communities, discourages innovation, promotes secrecy and advances prejudices. And yet ideology is often based on minimal examination or appreciation of the things that make a society work. 'Eat Your Greens'doesn't turn a blind eye to it, nor does it apologise for highlighting these ideologies and exposing them for what they are because whilst having a strong economy is important, without a good society it's nothing more than wet cement.

A good place to start this conversation is to ask yourself this question: how do I define a good society?
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"Opinion is the bridge between ignorance and knowledge" - Plato
Australia has sleepwalked into a society where profit trumps quality care
Angus Taylor says Australia has the world's largest carbon capture and storage project. Here's what he's not saying
Why did we expect Australia's aged care to cope amid Covid when it was struggling before it?
Tanya Day's family 'devastated' that no police will face charges for death in custody
It’s a man’s (pandemic) world: how policies compound the pain for women in the age of COVID-19
80 years ago, Violet was stolen and forced into unpaid work. She says the PM is wrong: It was slavery
Our suicide research is clear: Australia needs more urgent action to address the Covid-19 fallout
Covid-19 has exposed the catastrophic impact of privatising vital services
Top super fund dumps coal miners as emissions cuts intensify
Australia risks becoming dumping ground for world’s heavy polluting cars
A thousand yarns and snapshots – why poetry matters during a pandemic
Why most Aboriginal people have little say over clean energy projects planned for their land
Past pandemics show how coronavirus budgets can drive faster economic recovery
More than 50% of those on secretive NSW police blacklist are Aboriginal
Our 'hands off' Prime Minister
Australia's electricity grid could run with 75% renewables, market operator says
Being an ally to people with disabilities
Why is the government restricting Medicare funds for ECGs when expert advice says exactly the opposite?
Why most Aboriginal people have little say over clean energy projects planned for their land
Seizing the moment: how Australia can build a green economy from the Covid-19 wreckage
Josh Frydenberg's office asked if environmental rule changes could be kept secret
Affluence is killing the planet, warn scientists
Too many adjectives, not enough ideas: how NAPLAN forces us to teach bad writing
The perils of privatisation and private greed
Developer lobbied Frydenberg to de-list area of wetland for Queensland's Toondah Harbour complex
A single mega-project exposes the Morrison government’s gas plan as staggering folly
The Morrison government’s biggest economic problem? Climate change denial
When the Coronavirus Supplement stops, JobSeeker needs to increase by $185 a week
Morrison government paid empathy consultant $190,000
Australia's environment in unsustainable state of decline, major review finds
Immigrants don't take Australian jobs. They create jobs for others
Jim Chalmers says two-thirds of the debt in the budget was borrowed before the start of the pandemic. Is he correct?
Under coronavirus, pro-market ideologies around the world are overturned. But it's too little, too late
Home for Good: Social Housing for an Ageing Population
Coronavirus is a human crisis beyond most of our scariest dreams - we will need to restart our society
Killing the golden goose: How Australia's international students are being driven away
'Dying in poverty’: disability pensioners left out of boosted welfare payments fear for future
Remember Josh Frydenberg scoffing at a 'wellbeing budget'? He's not laughing any more
We are witnessing a critical time in history. You should keep a diary
Wind and solar plants will soon be cheaper than coal in all big markets around world, analysis finds
'A huge hit': foreign students may shun Australia after their treatment during Covid-19 crisis
The number of climate deniers in Australia is more than double the global average, new survey finds
Coronavirus is a dress rehearsal for what awaits us if governments continue to ignore science
Australian CEOs must rupture the political stagnation to lead the charge on climate action
The COVID-19 pandemic may be an opportunity to transform the way we live - David Suzuki
Is social housing essential infrastructure? How we think about it does matter
'We're all just waiting': NSW south coast residents still in limbo three months after bushfires
The Darling River is simply not supposed to dry out, even in drought
New Zealand’s well-being approach to budget is not new, but could shift major issues
Annual CSIRO update finds renewables are cheapest new-build power
We’re innovative when housing bushfire victims. Why not all the homeless?
If Australia's resources were taxed the way Norway's are, we could secure the future of our schools
What's driving poor mental health among young Australians? We asked them
Australia’s electricity market must be 100% renewables by 2035 to achieve net zero by 2050 - study
Federal government holds back vital Covid-19 spread data
Germany is shutting down its coal industry for good, so far without sacking a single worker
Domestic violence: women's safety advocates say Coalition is ignoring experts
CapTel text-captioned telephones will not work as of February in blow for Australia's deaf community
Why mental health treatment can be too expensive for those who need it most
Coronavirus highlights the painful political truth about health inequality. Is social democracy the answer?
44 inspiring climate solutions from around the world that are tackling the climate crisis with practical action
‘Mum, I want to go home’: heartbreaking testimony of health system failing children with disabilities
Scott Morrison’s ‘work harder to earn more’ nonsense shows how out of touch with workers he is
The ripple effect: How supporting Indigenous home ownership drives a strong economic future for Australia
How Covid-19 laid bare the cracks in Australia’s aged care system

 

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    economy

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Internet traffic is growing 25% each year. We created a fingernail-sized chip that can help the NBN keep up (May '20)

NBN rollout in Grose Vale causes residents' concern over communications during bushfire season (Oct '20)

A white flag moment on the NBN was inevitable. (Sep '20)

Backflip to the home: NBN to upgrade FttN areas with fibre (Sep '20)

NBN Debacle. Wherefore art thou, minister? (Jul '20)

NBN offering not good enough for 21st Century Australia (Mar '20)

Fibre-to-node NBN users often not getting speeds they're paying for, watchdog says (Feb ’20) (Feb '20)

The NBN is wrecking a whole industry (Jun '19)

Around 50% of homes in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have the oldest NBN technology (May '19)

Why New Zealand outplayed Australia on the NBN … Australian Financial Review (Aug '17)

What will the NBN really cost? (Dec '15)

In his own words: Tony Abbott on the NBN … (Sep '13)

    Homelessness & social housing

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    Health Care

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      Mental Health

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      Mental health website for people with intellectual disability created with help of those with lived experience (Aug '20)

      When and how to talk about your mental health in a new relationship (Jun ’20)

      Neglected to death: David Harris’ life reveals the awful burden of mental illness (May ’20)

      My family's history reveals the terrible toll a pandemic takes on mental health (May ’20)

      Woman who suffered miscarriage in coronavirus quarantine was forced to return to hotel (May ’20)

      How loneliness helped me find my place in the world (Mar '20)

      My life with autistic twins: 'Your family is cracking, but through the cracks comes light' (Jan '20)

      MRI scans causing anxiety, claustrophobia (Dec '19)

      The Power of Self Belief and Self Care; and the Scourge of Anxiety (Aug '19)

      What it's like to be homeless and have a mental illness (jul '18)

        disability

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      Young people with disabilities still living in aged care (Jul '20)

      $10.6m in budget to get young people out of aged care (Oct '20)

      David Harris was left to die alone after his NDIS payments were cut off (May '20)

      National disability insurance scheme confusing and causing some to miss out on support, review finds (Jan '20)

      It’s hard for people with severe mental illness to get in the NDIS – and the problems don’t stop there (Jan '20)

        women

        Inequality

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        Low-paid, young women: the grim truth about who this recession is hitting hardest (Jul ’20)

          Domestic Violence

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        Woeful Treatment of Victims of Domestic Abuse … National Homeless Collective (May '20)

        A tragic reality: Domestic violence is the main cause of homelessness in Australia (Jun '17)

          Multiculturalism

        Why explaining racism to white Australians can be 'exhausting' (Jun '20)

        Epidemics have often led to discrimination against minorities – this time is no different (Jun '20)

        I talk to kids every day about racism. This is what they ask (Jun '20)

        Law enforcement and racial profiling (Jun '20)

        How does racism impact on mental wellbeing? (Jun '20)

        I talk to kids every day about racism. This is what they ask (Jun '20)

        Anti-Asian racism surges in NSW during coronavirus pandemic (Jun '20)

        Coronavirus has fuelled racism against Asian-Australians, but why isn't official data showing it? (May '20)

        Sensationalist media is exacerbating racist coronavirus fears. We need to combat it (Feb '20)

        Racism study finds one in three school students are victims of discrimination (Aug '19)

          education

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        90,000 foreign graduates are stuck in Australia without financial support: it’s a humanitarian and economic crisis in the making (Apr '20)

        Killing the golden goose: How Australia's international students are being driven away (Oct '20)

        ‘I will never come to Australia again’: new research reveals the suffering of temporary migrants during the COVID-19 crisis (Aug '20)

        COVID-19 increases risk to international students’ mental health. Australia urgently needs to step up (May '20)

        'A huge hit': foreign students may shun Australia after their treatment during Covid-19 crisis (May '20)

        International students turn to foodbanks as casual work dries up in second Melbourne lockdown (Jul '20)

          Arts

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        A thousand yarns and snapshots – why poetry matters during a pandemic (May '20)

        I bow my head (Apr '20)

        Sleep (Feb '20)

        Why would you want to be old? (Nov '19)

        First Nations people have faced moments like this before. We can learn from the poems that sprung from them (Apr '20)

        A beginner’s guide to reading and enjoying poetry (Apr '20)…

        The way we live (Feb '20)…

          aged care

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        Which aged care services near you weren’t up to scratch in 2019? (Mar '20)

        ‘I will euthanise myself before I go into aged care’: how aged care is failing LGBTI+ people (Feb '20)

        Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

        Royal Commission Transcripts

        Government caves in to a “few big interests”, ignores Aged Care Inquiry reforms (Dec '19)

        PM promises more funding after aged care system found to be 'harmful' and underfunded (Oct '19)

        Our ailing aged care system shows you can’t skimp on nursing care (Jun '19)

        Number of reported assaults in aged care almost double in two years (Nov '19)

        Red tape in aged care shouldn’t force staff to prioritise ticking boxes over residents’ outcomes (Aug '19)

        Nearly 2 out of 3 nursing homes are understaffed. These 10 charts explain why aged care is in crisis (May '19)

        Home Care: operators snipping 50pc fees from the elderly in home care (Mar '19)

        Nearly 2 out of 3 nursing homes are understaffed. These 10 charts explain why aged care is in crisis (May '19)

        Aged care failures show how little we value older people – and those who care for them (Sep '18)

        Turning away from evidence and data in aged care (Feb '18)

        Royal Commission Interim Report into Aged Care Quality and Safety … Neglect (Nov '19)

        Aged care to get an extra $537m, most to be spent on 10,000 home-care packages (Nov '19)

        PM promises more funding after aged care system found to be 'harmful' and underfunded (Oct '19)

        ‘It felt like a prison’ – too many young Australians are still stuck in nursing homes (Sep '19)

        Why is nursing home food so bad? Some spend just $6.08 per person a day – that’s lower than prison (Jul '19)

        More people are retiring with high mortgage debts. The implications are huge (Jun '19)

        Aged care royal commission begins with emphasis on 'rising torrent of concern' (Jan '19)

        Has government by media replaced consideration of evidence in aged care? (Jan '19)

        Exclusive: The phone call that denied elderly patients access to hospital … The Saturday Paper (Aug '20)

        Revealed: the Liberal, Murdoch networks making millions delivering ‘Uber for aged care’ (Sep ’20)

        Tone deaf: aged care providers’ PR campaign strikes wrong note (Sep ’20)

        Bill Shorten says aged care is a Federal Government responsibility. Is he correct? (Aug ’20)

        Passing the Buck: why Victoria’s Covid is raging in private aged care homes (Jul ’20)

        Aged care operators exploit lockdown to squeeze more grants from Government (May ’20)

        Scott Morrison gives masterclass in political malleability over aged care Covid deaths (Aug ’20)

        'Chaos' at Victoria's Epping Gardens: how privatised aged care has failed during the coronavirus pandemic (Jul '20)

        How Covid-19 laid bare the cracks in Australia’s aged care system (Aug '20)

        How Covid-19 laid bare the cracks in Australia’s aged care system (Aug '20)

        Federal government holds back vital Covid-19 data (Aug '20)

        Privately operated aged care homes behind devastating Covid-19 infection rate in Victorian health workers (Aug '20)

        Are political donations protecting Bupa’s aged care licence? (Aug '20)

          children

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        A primary school–aged child in court surely represents the ultimate failure of society, yet Australia won’t raise the age of criminal responsibility (Jul '20)

        'The ground's been ripped from under them': mental health fears for the children of the pandemic (Aug '20)

        Number of Australia’s vulnerable children is set to double as COVID-19 takes its toll (Jun '20)

        Protecting the psychological health of children through effective communication about COVID-19 (Mar '20)

        ‘Mum, I want to go home’: parents say health system is failing disabled children (Feb ’20)

        ‘These children are in limbo’: the New Zealanders locked out of Australia’s NDIS (Feb ’20)

        Yes, the system needs to be better. But here’s how to ensure your child can access the NDIS if they need it (Feb ’20)

        Young people in nursing homes denied basic human rights (Jul '12)

          Work & unemployment

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        ‘Deeply hurtful’ claims of Australian jobseekers turning down work are based on scant evidence (Jun '20)

        Here we go again, government blames the jobless for unemployment (Jul '20)

        Casual and migrant workers are at the mercy of an economy that punishes its victims (Apr '20)

        The 'job snob' stereotype has been used for decades to denigrate the unemployed. Facts tell a different story (Jul '20)

        Unemployment is no fun at the best of times, but it's particularly strange during a pandemic (Jun '20)

        Scott Morrison’s ‘work harder to earn more’ nonsense shows how out of touch with workers he is (Oct '19)

          Social Safety Net (jobseeker/robodebt)

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        Australians on cashless welfare card express 'hopelessness' after Coalition's plan to cement scheme (Oct '20)

        Welfare recipients on cashless debit card will have $750 stimulus payment quarantined (Mar '20)

        Cashless welfare card: how does it work and what changes is the government proposing? (Feb '20)

        There’s mounting evidence against cashless debit cards, but the government is ploughing on regardless (Nov '19)

          political ideology

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        Coalition gives another $10m to Foxtel to boost women's sport on TV (Jul ’20)

        Australians say ABC saved lives during summer bushfires, royal commission told (Jun '20)

        Your ABC is turning into their ABC (Sep '20)

        ABC has for too long been unwilling to push back against interference – at its journalists’ expense (Aug '20)

        New government report targets ABC (Jun '20)

        ABC loses $793m funding since 2014 when Coalition made its first cuts – report (May '20)

        Cutting the ABC cuts public trust, a cost no democracy can afford (Jun '20)

        What if the greatest threat to a free media was from within? (Jun '19)

        Why the ABC, and the public that trusts it, must stand firm against threats to its editorial independence (Jul '18)

        ABC targeted in government deal with Pauline Hanson (Aug '17)

          secrecy

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        Scott Morrison dodges questions about sports grants expansion revelations (Sep ’20)

        Scott Morrison refuses to take questions about timing of changes to sports grants (Mar '20)

        'I have no words': PM criticised for silent treatment at coronavirus presser (Mar '20)

        Sports rorts: Scott Morrison sidesteps question about late changes to spreadsheet (Mar ’20)

          funding cuts

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        Scott Morrison cuts government departments in major public service changes (Dec '19)

        Rare Australian species could slip into extinction as jobs axed at environment department (May '18)

        National Parks left to burn after jobs and funding cuts (Nov '19)

        Scientists calculate likelihood Australian birds, mammals will not survive next 20 years on Earth (Apr '18)

          propaganda

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        Research reveals shocking detail on how Australia’s environmental scientists are being silenced (Sep '20)

        Australian scientists say logging, mining and climate advice is being suppressed (Sep '20)

        Australian War Memorial volunteers told they could lose role if they speak publicly about controversial expansion (Jul '20)

        Aurora Australis officer asked to remove post criticising Scott Morrison's climate policy (Feb '20)

        Terrorism police list Extinction Rebellion as extremist ideology (Jan '20)

        Scott Morrison threatens crackdown on protesters who would 'deny liberty' (Nov '19)

        Australia’s prime minister pledges to outlaw climate boycotts, arguing they threaten the economy (Nov '19)

        Coalition may use government contracts to crack down on environment protests (Feb '20)

          Corruption/Cover Up/Conflict of Interest

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        Anatomy of a coronavirus disaster: how 2,700 people were let off the Ruby Princess cruise ship by mistake (Mar '20)

        Government paid 10 times too much for land at Western Sydney airport to be used after 2050 (Sep '20)

        Backflip to the home: NBN to upgrade FttN areas with fibre (Sep '20)

        Morrison’s muppet show — a galaxy of grubs, duds and also-rans (Aug '20)

        'Incompetence attack': MyGov website did not crash because of DDoS cyber attack, as Stuart Robert claimed (May '20)

        Stuart Robert’s incompetence on MyGov should accelerate his own social isolation (Mar '20)

        Family visa applications processing taking up to 50 years (Aug '20)

        From robodebt to racism: what can go wrong when governments let algorithms make the decisions (Jun '20)

          foreign policy

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        Coalition trying to stop auditor general giving evidence on report critical of arms deal (Jul '20)

        'Blanket secrecy' surrounds Australian weapons sales to countries accused of war crimes (Jan '20)

        Saudi Arabia is confident it can buy out the West, and Australia is happy to oblige (Mar '19)

          covid-19: economic support & recovery

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        Immigration minister points finger at Victoria over New Zealand travellers (oct ’20)

        Federal and State blame game won’t shift the burden of economic revival (Sep ’20)

        Playing the COVID-19 blame game may feel good, but it could come at a cost — the government’s credibility (Aug ’20)

        Morrison government deflects blame for aged care crisis (Apr ’20)

          covid-19: public health response

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        Anatomy of a cruise: how the Ruby Princess came to dock and disembark with coronavirus (May ’20)

        Federal officials shielded from Ruby Princess inquiry (Aug '20)

        Federal agriculture officials did not follow protocols in Ruby Princess debacle, Senate inquiry told (Aug '20)

        Qantas and Virgin knew the Ruby Princess was a coronavirus time bomb but were powerless to stop it (Aug '20)

        Ruby Princess: Gladys Berejiklian refuses calls to extend inquiry to hear from official who refused to appear (Aug '20)

        Ruby Princess passengers let off ship after border force officer confused flu and coronavirus test results (Jul '20)

        NSW lays blame for Ruby Princess on feds (Jun ’20)

          covid: around the world

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          first nations people

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        Rio Tinto still has 1,780 approvals to destroy Aboriginal sacred sites, Juukan Gorge inquiry told (Oct '20)

        Rio Tinto blasts 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site to expand iron ore mine (Jul '20)

        Rio Tinto kept loading explosives at Juukan Gorge after promising to stop, traditional owners say (Sep '20)

        The destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves …Marcia Langton (Sep '20)

        Rio Tinto misled Juukan Gorge inquiry and 'can't plead ignorance' as a defence, committee chair says (Sep '20)

        Rio Tinto condemned by shareholders for seeking legal advice before blowing up Juukan Gorge (Sep '20)

        Juukan Gorge: Rio Tinto hired lawyers for potential injunction against blasting of Aboriginal site (Sep '20)

        More than 100 Aboriginal sacred sites – some dating before the ice age – could be destroyed by mining companies (Aug '20)

        Rio Tinto’s evidence condemned by Juukan Gorge traditional owners after revelation it could have avoided blowing up sacred sites (Jul '20)

        Culture warriors obsessed with statues ignore Rio Tinto’s vandalism of Indigenous heritage (Jun ’20)

        BHP to destroy at least 40 Aboriginal sites, up to 15,000 years old, to expand Pilbara mine (Jun ’20)

        Rio Tinto just blasted away an ancient Aboriginal site. Here’s why that was allowed (May '20)

          Immigration/refugees

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        New Australians feel abandoned as they battle social isolation, struggle to find employment (Oct '19)

        English test for Australian partner visas reveals Coalition's true nationalist colours (Oct '20)

        ‘The neighbours were always very welcoming and warm’: little things count to help refugees belong (Jun '20)

        Immigrants don't take Australian jobs. They create jobs for others (May '20)

        'We owe Australia alot': Refugee community donates $160,000 to bushfire relief, offers up tradies (Jan '20)

          environment

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        Australia needs better policy to end the alarming increase in land clearing (Aug '16)

        Deforestation in Australia: How does your state (or territory) compare? (Oct '20)

        NSW will allow land to be cleared up to 25m from property boundary, citing bushfire concerns (Oct '20)

        Logging after the Black Summer bushfires (Sep '20)

        Why aren’t Australia’s environment laws preventing widespread land clearing? (Mar '18)

        NSW land-clearing approvals increased 13-fold since laws relaxed in 2016 (Mar '18)

        To reduce fire risk and meet climate targets, over 300 scientists call for stronger land clearing laws (Mar '19)

        Land clearing on the rise as legal ‘thinning’ proves far from clear-cut (Jun '17)

        Queensland land clearing is undermining Australia’s environmental progress (Feb ‘16)

          Fire & Drought

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        Scott Morrison says drought the Coalition's 'first call' – but makes no mention of climate (Oct '19)

        Farmers' protest is a sign water politics is about to go into hyperdrive (Aug '19)

        Last summer’s fish carnage sparked public outrage. Here’s what has happened since (Feb '20)

        These drought-hit young people feel forgotten, but they're speaking up with their ideas on dealing with the dry (Oct '19)

        The Darling River is simply not supposed to dry out, even in drought (Jan '19)

        One Day Closer Every Day (Sep '19)

          climate Politics

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        Scott Morrison does not want kids to have 'anxieties' about climate change after Greta Thunberg's speech (Sep '19)

        Our world is facing irreversible destruction – and still there's no urgency in Australian climate policy (Oct ’20)

        We want to learn about climate change from weather presenters, not politicians (Sep ’19)

        Eden-Monaro Liberal candidate says reducing fuel is the only way to manage bushfires (Jun ’20)

        Climate denialism is bought and paid for by a rotten political system (Nov ’19)

        The big polluters’ masterstroke was to blame the climate crisis on you and me (Oct ’19)

        Climate explained: Why are climate change skeptics often right-wing conservatives? (Sep ’19)

          emissions

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        Australia ranked worst of 57 countries on climate change policy (Dec '19)

        CO2 and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Country Profiles and Complete Dataset (Aug '20)

        Germany is shutting down its coal industry for good, so far without sacking a single worker (Feb '20)

        Australia's use of accounting loophole to meet Paris deal found to have no legal basis (Dec '19)

        Australia Just Killed Off Another Prime Minister in Its Endless Showdown Over Climate Policy (Aug '18)

        About 100 countries at UN climate talks challenge Australia's use of carryover credits (Dec '19)

          biodiversity & water

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        Labor to vote against Morrison government's proposed changes to environmental laws (Sep '20)

        Australian government stops listing major threats to species under environment laws (May '20)

        Scientists claim Coalition misrepresented their evidence to Great Barrier Reef inquiry (Oct '20)

        NSW will allow land to be cleared up to 25m from property boundary, citing bushfire concerns (Oct '20)

        Australia joins US, China and Russia in refusing to sign leaders' pledge on biodiversity (Sep '20)

        New plans for Barwon-Darling river system still prioritise irrigation over environment (Jun '20)

        Australia, it’s time to talk about our water emergency (May '18)

        'It's only important if you eat food': inside a film on the honeybee crisis (Jun '20)

        Don’t count your fish before they hatch: experts react to plans to release 2 million fish into the Murray Darling (Jun '20)

          Resources Sector

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        Taylor puts gas and CCS at centre of technology roadmap, coal and nuclear not excluded (May '20)

        Gas companies say they are working with Covid commission and expect federal support soon (Aug ’20)

        The gas cartel has bought Morrison lock, stock and barrel (Aug ’20)

        Is the Coalition's gas nirvana just an attempt to have its fossil fuel cake and eat it too? (May ’20)

        Gas lobby seizes Covid moment, and declares war on Australia’s future (May ’20)

        Resources industry to receive coronavirus boost with land release for coal and gas exploration in Queensland (May '20)

        Zali Steggall calls for probe of Coalition plan to underwrite gas, hydro and coal power (Apr ’20)

          renewables

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        Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run, says study (Feb '19)

        Electric cars have few downsides except price. One company is looking to change that (Jul ’20)

          energy policy & markets

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        Adani mine: three major insurers to have no further involvement in coal project (Jun '20)

        'Mystifying': Minister backs coal as super fund vows to exit (Jun '20)

        Major investment firm dumps Exxon, Chevron and Rio Tinto stock (Aug '20)

        Suncorp out of oil and gas drilling, leaving QBE isolated (Aug '20)

        First State Super to divest from thermal coal mining investments (Jul '20)

        Top super fund dumps coal miners as emissions cuts intensify (Jul '20)

        Norway’s giant oil fund ditches stake in Australia's AGL over fossil fuel concerns (May '20)

        European Investment Bank to phase out fossil fuel financing (Nov '19)

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        It's reasonable conclude that during the past year or two, there has been a surfeit of news coverage, on topics various. Drought, bushfires, water management, the environment, climate change, political machinations, the list goes on. A library of credible journalism from reliable sources was established, which then morphed into the Flip-Side, in an attempt to present information that made all of us a better informed, gentler and kinder people. To be informed, it goes with saying, is a core responsibility of all mature citizens. Gentler and kinder because we all benefit by not engaging in ideological shouting matches over a meal or a drink. S

        Every now and then you'll hear someone begin a sentence with "I'm no expert but …" which will invariably, though not always, precede a monologue resembling little more than a passing acquaintance to the subject at hand, revealing the speaker's pre-conceived version of the truth. This is not knowledge, it's an opinion, which is, as Plato put it, the bridge between ignorance and knowledge, and which outs itself as nothing more than ideology.

        Ideology is not grounded in kindness, intellectual rigour or knowledge, it's usually grounded in the preservation of power, in privilege, prejudice, in any or all its manifest forms, or in fear, or a combination of all of those things. Ideology preserves injustice, destruction of environment, marginalisation of minorities, racism, institutionalised discrimination, species extinction, preservation of privilege, and high-office graft. The Flip-Side attempts to expose this and presents us with more to think about, by shining a light into some dark corners and turning over some rocks - and - who wouldn't want that. Hover to read the “flip-side.” Read on.

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