A Few Short Updates on previous topics

A Bit More Budget Reaction – Following on from its declaration of Peter Costello as a “working class hero”, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph has found something to criticise the Treasurer for – its front page story notes “his terrific budget for the hard-working people of NSW” but complains that he “has spurned his Sydney Rugby League…

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Albatross!! (+ a Holiday Treat)

Today was a public holiday in Queensland to commemorate Labour Day. I marked it by sleeping in. I must say, all these public holidays do make it hard to get work done. In keeping with the holiday spirit, I placed a bet on an albatross race. I put out a statement about it, which you…

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Townsville & Mission Beach

I visited the Townsville campus of James Cook University on Tuesday, meeting with the Vice-Chancellor and also with office bearers of the Student Union. The continual dramatic evolution of the university sector is undoubtedly going to continue. One issue which I wasn’t aware of that is causing some budgetary concerns has been an unexpected decline…

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The Über Issue – Climate Change

The Kyoto Protocol comes into force today. This is a significant step forward in global collaborative efforts to prevent rapid climate change. The Protocol is a completely insufficient set of measures for tackling this major threat, but the very act of it being adopted is a very important first step. We must keep moving on…

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The risks of major climate change

A fascinating and worrying program has been put together by the BBC’s science program, Horizon, detailing more evidence about serious and rapid climate change. It says that sunlight measurements show that the amount of solar energy reaching the Earth’s surface is falling. A good summary of this phenomenon, called ‘global dimming’ is contained in this…

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The Daintree

Meeting more refugee groups today and then flying out late – the good old red eye special – through to Brisbane and on up to Cairns.The Daintree rainforest is still at risk of clearing, but is also on the verge of finally being properly protected. I don’t think most Australians realise that a big part…

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