Monthly Archives: February 2011

Constitutional crisis or storm in a teacup?

Section 53 of the Australian Constitution states: Proposed laws appropriating revenue or moneys, or imposing taxation, shall not originate in the Senate. But a proposed law shall not be taken to appropriate revenue or moneys, or to impose taxation, by … Continue reading

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Walking? Footpaths are your prerogative

Sustainability, health and urban planning are more closely linked than might be apparent at first thought. An example is the public handwringing about the ‘obesity epidemic’ and the plethora of public programs designed to get us off our collectively expanding … Continue reading

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Language and the Liberal leadership

A couple of years ago I was doing some part-time study at a language institute. After a couple of terms with one teacher, she informed the class one evening that she had been sacked and would not be returning the … Continue reading

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Petrol or water? Cost and value

I overheard a discussion about petrol prices between two men at the local service station the other day. One of them had just put about $90 worth in a fairly new-looking Jeep Cherokee and the other was in the process … Continue reading

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Nominative determinism and naming your princess

When Prince Frederik of Denmark told his folks he was dating an Aussie chick he picked up at a Sydney bar during the Olympics, did Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik exchange horrified glances at the thought of a Princess Shazza … Continue reading

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Hero and villain of the week: 5/2/11

Hero:  A social media hero this week. On Wednesday afternoon as the monster cyclone Yasi began to bear down on the north coast of Queensland, a Twitter account called @cycloneupdate started tweeting live cyclone news from Cairns. The person behind … Continue reading

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Local sustainability and natural disasters

I was recently discussing the Queensland flood with a friend who is involved in the Transition Towns movement. How, she wondered, can small-scale local sustainability projects which encourage people to grow and share food, have any positive effect in the … Continue reading

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