Why we should halve carbon emissions by 2030

Net zero for carbon emissions in 2050 is meaningless without an ambitious target to halve these emissions in the next decade. In a two-part article, Michael Keating sets out why we need a more dramatic target. Prime Minister Scott Morrison would like us Australians and the world to believe that he is fair dinkum about … Read more

Why didn’t we check in with our Pacific neighbours about AUKUS?

 Pacific nations haves a long-standing reason to be wary of all things nuclear. Yet here is our government high-handedly joining a deal to send nuclear-powered submarines patrolling the region. Prime Minister Scott Morrison failed to consult Pacific nations about the plans to form AUKUS, the tripartite defence deal that will produce a fleet of nuclear-powered … Read more

From zero to acceptable risk: funeral rites for Covid zero

The ambitious target of eradication has been eradicated. In its place, a small target strategy. Authorities are grappling with the new reality. It was such a noble public health dream, even if rather hazy to begin with. Run down SARS-CoV-2. Suppress it. Crush it. Or just “flatten the curve”, which could have meant versions of … Read more

AUKUS: the latest capitulation on defence by our born-to-rule elites

Conservative Coalition leaders have a history of committing Australia to overseas military adventures – and the ‘patriotic’ media have never questioned the propaganda. Australian media have accepted the line that strategic planners in the US and the UK have rationally decided that an alliance with Australia is important for Western security. Historically, the media have … Read more

Sunday environmental round up.

I know Scotty is a regular reader, so this week’s round up is a handy cheat sheet to help him as COP26 in Glasgow beckons. There’s less than two weeks before the Glasgow COP meeting gets underway. If you’re unsure what it’s all about — the background, what happens, why it’s so important and urgent, … Read more

After lockdown: can marvellous Melbourne ever be the same?

A sense of achievement is mixed with a sense of utter loss. Australia’s most liveable city has emerged proud and unbowed from its sixth lockdown, but signs of the damage are not hard to find. As a city, Melbourne has prided itself with the air of a prim and proper heiress, one without peer in … Read more

AUKUS, another wrong turn for our foreign policy.

The notion of treating Washington and Beijing in the same manner while pursuing our sovereign interests has been cast to the wind. It has been a long road to the misstep that is the AUKUS defence pact. Yet again in foreign policy and sovereignty issues Australia has joined forces with external powers that have their … Read more

It’s time to test political candidates on Israel and Palestine

Australians must ask themselves if, given the Coalition and Labor’s support of Israel, they can vote for either of the major parties in good conscience. So, I understand that Scott Morrison has come out in support of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism. And, surprise, surprise, Anthony Albanese is in support: … Read more