Last week a friend gave me a great big hug for Christmas. I hugged her back. This week a friend of a friend passed on her friend’s instructions to give me a hug. I sent a hug back to her. I really appreciated and enjoyed both hugs. Separately, at a group’s Christmas function, contact varied from nothing, to a handshake to a peck on the cheek. So, after two years of #MeToo, how do we stand on touching between sexes?Read More »
Lord Howe Island is a wonderful, unique environmental experience. But be warned! Qantas can ruin it for you. Here’s how and what should be done to avoid this.Read More »
Against all the opinion polls for three years, the chaotic federal government was re-elected. The ‘climate election’ was won by a party with no climate policy, one favouring coal mining. People voted for promised, far-off personal tax cuts, for no income redistribution via reductions in negative gearing and franking credits and against higher wages for the least well off. People voted for the short-term, for themselves. The ‘climate emergency’ apparently doesn’t matter.
How sad. What type of country do we have here? What will our grandchildren say when they look back on this decision and see what we have condemned them to, when we had a chance to do the right thing?
So a Victorian police informer has been revealed, a(nother) Royal Commission announced and major gangland criminals are lining up to have their cases reviewed and decisions annulled, due to legal procedural errors by the Victorian Police. A whistleblower is struck down. The Police’s reputation is trashed. Criminals are likely to win. I predict the score will be Law 5 Justice 0 – a thrashing for Justice. We will all be losers. Here’s why.Read More »
Dear John (Pesutto),
I went to a ‘Climate change: why should I care?’ meeting this week. You and the other candidates for the State electoral seat of Hawthorn were there to present your policies for this month’s election, along with experts talking about the current state of our reactions to climate change. Given the global importance and urgency of this issue, yours – and the Liberal – response was so disappointing. No wonder you were booed.Read More »
I used to love taking photos. My house is covered with pictures I took that people admire. But digital cameras and now smart phones have changed all that. I’ve upgraded to an iPhone 7 with its ‘great’ camera and abandoned my digital SLR, but still, I no longer love the pictures I take. Anyone can be a great photographer…and the value of photography and photos has plummeted. Can photos recover? What should I do?Read More »
People talk about places to go and be – Rio for Carnevale, London for Wimbledon, anywhere for the Olympics. Let me tell you this: it takes a lot to beat Adelaide in March. Really! Adelaide. Yes, Adelaide. Let me tell you why.Read More »
So Ahmed Fahour, CEO of Australia Post, resigned yesterday, immediately after announcing a strong profit result and despite being supported by the board chair who said he had done a fantastic job of turning around the 100% government-owned Company. Perhaps it was the disclosure of his $5.6m salary, perhaps the government enquiry into Australia Post’s salaries, perhaps the Prime Minister’s comment to the board (appointed by the current government) that salaries were too high, perhaps that Farhur had been there 7 years. But what is clear is this: it’s yet another failure of board governance that allowed this situation to arise. Let me explain why the wrong people are being castigated.
Happy New Year to all my readers…except for United and Origin. You’ll remember they failed dismally to get our new house connected to electricity and gas prior to Christmas. We are still not connected!. Now we are at the Energy and Water Omsbudsman stage, which is why I think others should know of these companies’ total lack of customer service, so you don’t suffer too. Here’s what’s happened since.Read More »
As president of an environmental organisation, you would think I would be sad or outraged that the federal government’s Green Army program is destined for the scrap heap. Especially as my organisation received significant benefits from the program.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Green Army is an enormous waste of Australian taxpayer money. Environmental groups and local government organisations can do it much better. Here’s why.Read More »