Profit & greed will not put water back in the river

If we are to survive, let alone feel at home, we must begin to understand our country. If we succeed, one day we might become Australian. - Bill Gammage Canberra was a farm when Australia rode on the sheep's back but no more. Red trams carry outsourced public servants from dormitory suburbs to Canberra CBD. … Continue reading Profit & greed will not put water back in the river

Chile’s inequality challenge: What went wrong and can it be fixed?

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile, known as one of Latin America’s wealthiest, most stable and peaceful countries, is in the grip of a political and economic upheaval with thousands of people protesting since Oct. 6 after the government increased public transportation fares. People walk towards a pharmacy during clashes in Valparaiso, Chile October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo … Continue reading Chile’s inequality challenge: What went wrong and can it be fixed?

Brisbane Noir?

Robert “Bomber” Perrier’s debut novel Where Angel Fears To Tread is the story of Frank Angel, a hit man for a syndicate of Brisbane high-fliers. Between kills, Frank lives in a Highgate Hill penthouse listening to Bach, looking at Peg Rutkowski paintings on his walls or reading books in his library. Whenever the spirit takes … Continue reading Brisbane Noir?

Queensland Parliament bans extra-parliamentary opposition to coal

As the world economy slides inexorably, governments around the world are punishing the workers, the poor and marginalised, while shoring up the fortunes of the rich and powerful. In Queensland the state government, fearful of losing its AAA credit rating, is desperately trying to appeal to big business, particularly mining interests to reassure them that … Continue reading Queensland Parliament bans extra-parliamentary opposition to coal