When Hugh Stretton, one of Australia’s great public intellectuals, died last month aged 91, I was moved to re-read one of the first books he wrote* – Ideas for Australian Cities. This book, published in 1970 was so unusual that he couldn’t find an academic publisher for it, so he published it himself. At the time, I found it one of the most important books I’d read, one that changed my way of looking at cities. So what do I think of it forty-five years later?
Articles from The Australian Independent Media Network
Mm, I seem to remember some journalist said something like this:
“In the current environment, it’s better to be first than right!”
Mind you I can’t remember who said it, so I’ve put the quotation marks around it just to sound more authentic.
So take it from me, according to sauces, Tony Abbott is done. And we should apply those sauces and put him on the barbecue. After witch, whoops, these homonyms can be confusing…
Tony Abbott has made many terrible decisions during his tenure as Prime Minister.
“We must create a political revolution from the ground up. Real change happens when millions of people stand up and say enough is enough.” And that’s what is happening, right across the United States.
Today, around 27,000 people showed up to hear democratic socialist and candidate for president Bernie Sanders speak in Los Angeles. Almost 10,000 had to watch outside, unable to make it into the venue.
In response to the AIMN article, “Unemployment rises with no plans for Growth”, Andreas Bimba outlined a recovery path that provides politicians from both major parties with a blueprint for major industrial, commercial and social reform. His comments warrant a wider exposure.
This could well be wishful thinking on my part, however…
Yesterday, as I watched the anointing of the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, I could have sworn I saw in the face and body of Prime Minister Tony Abbott the sullen demeanour of a whipped cur, already plotting his devious revenge.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade the Chinese-Australia fair trade agreement will “provide greater flexibilities for companies to respond to unique economic and labour market challenges”. But what does this mean for Australian jobs, asks Mel Mac.
Now, I know that some of you have trouble understanding basic economics. That’s because you’re all Labor supporters. Or even worse, you’re one of those environmentalists who are sabotaging the coal industry by using the courts to stop the Envrionment Minister from ignoring the law.
Above is a photo of some place in Greenland. The unknown place looks a lot more hospitable than most of the photos I’ve seen of Greenland.
Greenland offers up a cold, icy, unwelcoming landscape. And this is the evidence, apparently, that the world is cooling – not heating.
Some climate change denialists are really stupid. The voice behind the logic that gives us Greenland as the best evidence that the world is cooling belongs to one of them.
Author’s note: I received a request from a lady on Facebook to post an open letter she wrote to the Treasurer.