Can all of us agree that whereas we will not be certain the place we’re going, we will unite on one factor: 50 years on, as a nation we have now reversed our place to “Go all the best way with LBJ,” and proper now as a political star to steer by, the best way ahead is to “Dump Trump” and the type of politics and media he stood for.
Save the koalas
My thanks for the big correspondence obtained after last week’s column on the stunning destruction of koala habitat round our nation. The excellent news is that folks not solely care, they care greater than ever earlier than as we begin to give attention to the truth that, on our watch, and despite the fact that koalas face extinction, a distressing variety of developments are nonetheless going forward that straight wipe out key koala habitats.
One among these is Landcom’s Newbrook growth, which has simply knocked down but extra koala-sensitive habitat and hall at Smiths Creek close to Campbelltown. Piles of timber had been knocked down a couple of fortnight in the past with WIRES folks on standby in case they wanted to tug distressed koalas out of them. Who and what’s Landcom, you ask? It’s a company owned by the NSW authorities. Their CEO is former chief of the Libs, John Brogden, and for the report, he’s insistent that “There are not any resident koala populations inside the Landcom . . . growth space. Resident koala populations have been recognized within the adjoining bushland and koalas solely traverse the event space now and again.”
The underside line stays. Koala habitat and corridors are disappearing quick.
What can cease all these developments? Solely extra political stress, extra of the general public to care. One good signal is a koala petition launched simply final Sunday – SaveTheKoalas.internet.au– has already attracted 22,000 signatures. On Friday, at her request, I met with federal Surroundings Minister Sussan Ley and he or she guarantees the Morrison authorities will announce a “koala bundle” this month, with investments in habitat and analysis for koala safety. What is required for my part, is for us to cease clearing the land!
What they stated
“The Black vote in Detroit is the best it’s ever been, and we’ll decide the result, as a result of we’ve gone from selecting cotton to selecting presidents.” An un-named Black American, on MSNBC, on election day, as Michigan got here residence for Biden.
“Our win right here is the results of extra folks than ever placing the Greens first.” Amy McMahon, new Greens MP, and apparently mistress of the bleeding apparent, for South Brisbane.
“Christmas might be totally different this yr.” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying a lockdown of no less than a month in England.
“By 2050, Australia will expertise financial losses on par with COVID each single yr if we do not tackle local weather change. That may compromise the financial way forward for all future generations of Australians. No matter Australia does or would not do, the worldwide warming which has already taken place will damage our lives and livelihoods. This value is locked in – it’s the price of delay.” Dr Pardeep Philip, principal creator of a paper that has discovered that if local weather change goes unchecked, it’ll value Australia $3.4 trillion and nearly 900,000 jobs by 2070, dwarfing the affect of the coronavirus recession and devastating key industries reminiscent of tourism and mining. The analysis by Deloitte Entry Economics, suggests the nation might undertake a net-zero emissions coverage at a fraction of the price of coping with the pandemic that may assist to extend the economic system over the subsequent half century and add a quarter-of-a-million jobs.
“I’ve provided as we speak the chairman and board of Australia Publish, with nice unhappiness, my resignation as chief government with rapid impact. I’m not searching for any monetary compensation.” Christine Holgate resigning as CEO of Australia Publish, forward of a federal authorities investigation into her choice to reward workers with Cartier watches.
“I believe for those who have a look at our wages coverage right here in NSW, in comparison with anyplace else within the nation, it is fully honest and affordable and really beneficiant within the circumstances. I believe it is a very beneficiant coverage . . . We do not need to have a two-tiered society right here, we’re all on this collectively.” NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet defending the state authorities’s budgetary choice to cap public sector wage will increase at 1.5 per cent for the subsequent three monetary years and calling it a “beneficiant coverage”. However, critically, Treasurer . . .
“Probably the most highly effective financial stimulus the Treasurer has is NSW’s personal workforce. They spend what they earn straight again into their communities. The Treasurer has completely disrespected NSW public sector staff who stopped COVID-19 in its tracks.” Public Sector Union common secretary Stewart Little in regards to the plan.
“I don’t discover it daunting. The larger variety of males doesn’t have an effect on my strategy to guide or be taught, and I’ve discovered that the Knox boys have been nice to work with.” Emma Woodcock who was this yr elected as commander of the Knox Grammar College Cadet Unit, the biggest in Australia. Ms Woodcock, 16, will lead 1200 cadets. 9 hundred of them are from Knox Grammar, a personal boys’ college on Sydney’s North Shore, which established its unit in 1929. The remaining 300 are from Ravenswood College for Ladies, which joined Knox’ cadets 9 years in the past.
“A lawsuit with out provable details exhibiting a statutory or constitutional violation is only a tweet with a submitting price.” Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Legislation College in Los Angeles, about Donald Trump’s threats to take the election outcomes to the courts.
Tweet of the week
“That’s advantageous for you guys. As a Canadian, what I’ve to return to phrases with nevertheless, is rarely to belief an American you meet for the primary time. There’s a fifty per cent likelihood that particular person is an entire moron. Horrible odds.” @LucymaGoosie
Joke of the week
In late 1996, simply after Invoice Clinton had overwhelmed Bob Dole within the presidential election however earlier than the inauguration, Invoice and Hillary are within the presidential motorcade simply leaving Little Rock Arkansas, heading again to that city’s airport, the place Airforce One is awaiting to take them again to Washington. As they cross by a tiny, dingy little storage on the sting of city, simply as nightfall falls, Hillary factors it out and says, ”You see that storage, Invoice? I used to exit with the person that owns that storage.”
Wryly amused, the president chortles and says, ”That’s superb, Hillary! Simply suppose, for those who had married him, you’d be the spouse of a storage proprietor.”
“No, Invoice,” Hillary says firmly. “If I’d married him, he’d be president.”
Peter FitzSimons is a journalist and columnist with The Sydney Morning Herald.