‘Qld Commission of Audit — not the full report’

[Editor’s Note: The Campbell Newman government appointed Peter Costello, former federal treasurer, to prepare the Qld Commission of Audit QCA report. An executive summary of this report was published on 28 Feb 2013. WBT publishes Qld Commission of Audit — the full report here. We are the first to do so.… Go to Article

PShift: Flood and Climate Change

PShift Broadcast 8 Feb 2013

This land is mine
Yeah I signed on the dotted line
Campfires on the creek bed
Bank breathing down my neck
They won't take it away
They won't take it away
They won't take it away from me

                             by kev carmody

This is an interview with Trevor Berrill about the effects of 2013 floods on mines and energy infrastructure in Queensland.… Go to Article

PShift: The Story of Coal – beauty and the beast

Anna came to this country and now she is left alone
Her man had so much sickness he left some in their home
It was just for a while until they got on their feet 
but the mine was a life sentence
It was them they sentenced me
             —Phil Monsour "Wittonoom"

Interviews with Clive Palmer & Drew Hutton
[Editor’s note: This show was broadcast on 4ZZZ fm 102.1 on 7 Dec 2012.… Go to Article

When will Spring rain?

This is how I see it

Black throated pied butcher bird
picking up sticks
sees bicyclist
Pied strikes like a drone in Yemen
2 metre tall cyclist
Takes refuge

under Poinciana
Juveniles join in
Kamakase air raids
triangular strafing with clapping beaks
30 centimetre birds can cower a man

Takes off helmet to expose every grey hair
now sitting on dew covered grass
afraid to leave or to shout out
Raid after raid comes in and then…

Two women with pram appear
on Milne Lane

Beautiful pink baby inside sucking buttons of shirt,
Grey-hair tells them of attacks,
One woman, the mother’s mate,
says how territorial butcher birds are

Shared millisecond of concern
by all three for pink baby
blinking in morning sunlight
Mother and friend confident birds will give pram right of passage
down Parooba Avenue

Grey-hair takes flight down the road
to come across an old lady on the path
who admonishes him
saying “Should you be on this path?Go to Article

Failing Energy Policy and Climate Change – Why can’t Australia get it right?

Failing Energy Policy and Climate Change – Why can’t Australia get it right??

My take on this is that what we are seeing in Australia is a complete failure to implement good long term energy policy to support the development of the renewable energy industry (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) industries.

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Edge of Darkness: damned walls, floods and landslides

Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of articles under the heading ‘Edge of Darkness’ authored by Trevor Berrill (Sustainable Energy Systems Consultant & Educator) and Ian Curr (BSc UQ Grad Dip ATAX). These articles are about systemic failure i.e. to properly manage Queensland’s water, power, and transport systems in an ecologically sustainable way.Go to Article

Ruby Blue at Flood Of Relief Concert, West End Brisbane!


this fri Jan 28, Ruby Blue is playing at a Benefit gig to raise funds to support those recovering from the flood. It’s at South Leagues Club, Montague rd West End. Ruby Blue is play

ing at 10pm. See below for details..

Also, tomorrow night, Tues Jan 26 from 6:30pm, I’m performing in a quartet at Lock n Load, 242 Boundary st, West End.… Go to Article