A country run by dangerous idiots
We are still being governed by idiots – who will see the country suffer now and into the future to appease their own interests and their mates in the coal industry. The good news? They are guaranteed to be gone at the next federal elections.
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Things some people should not say
It came as a shock to hear a community leader class a community site as a wasteland.
Continue reading Dickson Parkland retagged a wasteland
ACT Government plays dirty
When your government plays dirty and is not transparent – things get really tough for the local residents.
Continue reading Open Space vs Social Housing
We are not there yet
Sometimes we fool ourselves that equity is being treated seriously by most sector of society.
Continue reading Equity in the media
The ACT Government and public housing
This is a slightly revised version of a previous post of mine previously written as the government moved to close the public housing along Northbourne Avenue in Canberra as part of its Urban Clearances programs
Continue reading Remember they are people
Trump and on not being inattentive and indifferent
Rebecca Solnit has written about regimes such as Trump’s do not last forever.
Continue reading Rebecca Solnit
The dire state of heritage in Canberra
I have a new piece on City News that goes part of the way to addressing the sad state of heritage under this ACT Government.
Continue reading Heritage? What’s That?
George Monbiot on the signs of change
George Monbiot writes about the signs for change. Please make it happen.
Continue reading Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Smart city planning can preserve old trees and the wildlife that needs them
Mature trees have horizontal branches that are attractive to wildlife and birds. from shutterstock.com
Philip Gibbons, Australian National University
Continue reading Trees and smart planning
Another listing of white males
Every time this happens from within government bureaucracies, it makes you wonder.
Continue reading White Males
Seeking a new generation to step up
Once you realise how corrupted the ACT Government is – it would be so easy to get depressed and walk away.
Continue reading corrupted government planning
A win for inner Sydney
Lorrie Graham has posted on her blog about a win within her area of Sydney.
Continue reading Planning battles
Jenna Price on Dogs and Dog Parks
Could not agree more with this article. We have had some bad experiences in our local wetland park.
Continue reading Dogs
Where to put a rubbish dump
Canberra once had a reputation as being a planned city. Not so any more.
Continue reading ACT Government stupidity
Essay: Dead Right, How Neoliberalism ate itself and what come next
Recommended reading for all of us as we try to work out what the hell happened with democracy and how our governments have ruined this country.
Continue reading Richard Denniss
It is now part of our daily lives that people bear the brunt of increased charges brought on by large corporations inventing more ways to gouge consumers.
Continue reading Chief Minister gouges strata title unit owners
Observing the current government and its attitude towards the electorate, it does make you wonder about the 2016 election results and whether this will be repeated in 2020.
Continue reading 2020 ACT Election forecast
First an update on the 2016-2017
ACAT appeal about the proposal to remove the carpark in front of Woolworths and to build an apartment and supermarket complex.
Continue reading Signs of intrigue within the inner north
I can only guess how many committee meetings have been held to discuss some aspect of how to improve Civic– the traditional urban centre of the city of Canberra.
Continue reading Where to for Civic in Canberra?
I have just spent three weeks in Singapore.
Continue reading ACT Chief Minister fails urban basics
It only usually takes a moment to gauge what sort of service you are to receive when you enter a café.
Continue reading Good café – bad café
A week or so ago the ACT Planning Minister announced that the government was open for consultations on the Dickson Parklands (Section 72 to the bureaucrats).
Continue reading Three Ministers and a Parkland
Often when posting on planning and development in Canberra, someone will comment that things were so much better when the Commonwealth, through the
National Capital Development Commission (NCDC) ran the joint.
Continue reading NCDC in context
My post last week on the lack of good design and planning that is evident in the more recent parts of Gungahlin definitely caught a lot of people’s attention.
Continue reading Bad design spreads like a disease
A couple of weeks ago I wrote on
the threats to biodiversity caused through inappropriate developments across Canberra.
Continue reading Gungahlin – urgent climate adaptation required
Someone needs to ask the ACT Planning Minister why the planning directorate continues to encourage local residents to form residents’ associations to oppose inappropriate developments.
Continue reading Respect and Responsibility in planning and development
With Canberra having such an informed and aware community, one would have thought that a community-focused government planning minister would have surfaced by now – one being committed to development and the future growth of the city while simultaneously embracing the enhancement of (rather than reducing) the city’s amenities that are admired internationally.
Continue reading Social Housing vs community spaces
In Australia we have a small band of conservatives who work tirelessly to have their brands of religion have a greater influence on government and the country’s laws.
Luckily till now they are more of less not so successful – well most of the time.
In their last round of attempts to achieve more religious freedoms (whatever that meant) – what would have been more applicable would have been to remove religion and the influence of such religious fundamentalists completely from the workings of government.
Meanwhile in a land not far away – things are going from bad to worse.
here for the story in the Guardian.
Surprising things can happen when you are involved in advocacy with the ACT Government on urban environment issues.
Continue reading The ACT Government allows planners to plan
Life for pedestrians in Dickson is not as safe as it should be. Here’s a few events to illustrate my point.
Continue reading Pedestrians be aware – be very aware!
ACT election was just over 12 months ago (how time flies) and the hot election topics back then included planning, development, community engagement and a host of issues around the ACT Government’s dealings with residents.
Continue reading Marea Fatseas and Community Councils
Just months ago a Luton’s auctioneer stated that the property going under the hammer was the only house for sale in Dickson.
Continue reading Dickson auctions
Some issues just do not go away. Dogs that are dangerous or potentially dangerous is such a topic.
Continue reading Danger to dogs from the ACT Government
Here’s a message from me – and the many others who suffered through the flu recently:
This goes out to those thoughtful people who insisted on going out into public areas when they had the flu.
Continue reading Thanks for Flu
for Wednesday 27th
There’s nothing new about governments across Australia selling of assets, infrastructure, land, buildings or anything that they can put on the market to make instant cash.
Continue reading Selling off the Parliamentary Triangle
we are being Turnbulled – over and over again.
There is no doubt that the spin doctors within the ACT Government worked hard to get journalists to take a positive spin on the establishment of the
City Renewal Authority and the appointment of their CEO, Malcolm Snow
Continue reading Same old spin in new clothes
Back in 2013 plans were announced for the next stage of Canberra’s Constitution Avenue.
Continue reading architecture and constitution ave
Bill Shorten unleashes on Turnbull
Welcome Bill Shorten, the next Prime Minister of Australia
Australia has been Turnbulled yet again –
As I watched the horrifying footage of the
London Grenfell Tower fire, I remarked that this is what could have happened in Docklands, Melbourne, in 2014.
Continue reading Will your house burn?
Populism now divides, yet once it united the working class
populism and populist have no simple, coherent meaning.
Continue reading Populism
A list of women in music – turning the tables;
click on the image for the story – and wonder which century these people live in?
A good article summing up the state of politics, where truth is an option to be discarded.
Continue reading post truth & politics & energy
You will often hear commentators state that politicians are unpopular. I don’t think it as simple as that.
Continue reading Elizabeth Lee and Dickson Parklands
What we can learn about fighting inequality from Australia’s convict past
Analysis shows that while land values per acre rose at 2.2% per annum, land rents fell by 0.3% per annum in the 1800s. Powerhouse Museum/Flickr, CC BY-SA
Continue reading Inequality
They marched to demand Congress DO THEIR JOB and remove the President from The White House.
Being Turnbulled again
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George Monbiot on Brexit – where to now?
click on the image for this very interesting view on Brexit
Today Tony Abbott called for a moratorium on wind farms.
Share this if you think it’s time for a moratorium on Tony Abbott.
Another laugh – well maybe? click on the image for the truth.
New book by Naomi Klein
this is my second post on this book:
here’s a new review of the book on The Guardian – click here
k.d. lang performs “Constant Craving” on MTV Unplugged.
Continue reading K D Lang
The story of one woman who demanded to be heard
The Uber CEO is gone – why?
click here for the story in The Guardian and read about Susan Fowler, the person who did not do as advised – to ignore the sexist behaviour around her.
Continue reading Uber and Defeating Sexism
Setting the record straight!
Yet again the media has misunderstood what Pauline Hanson said!
Continue reading Pauline Hanson on excluding the artistics
It’s Time (again)
It is definitely time for all forms of peaceful and concerted actions to adjust our democratic structures to deal with the damage being done by forces that have resulted in Trump and his cronies being where they are.
Continue reading Rebecca Solnit on Trump
Neoliberalism Is Destroying Our Democracy
the democracy experiment continues – but will it get beyond the influence of neoliberalism
click here for an article
Nothing wrong here!
oh how we wish we could believe the Minister and the building industry spokespersons – of course here in Canberra we have the laws in place! But – we all know better than that.
Continue reading inflammable clading
Queen’s Birthday honour to former NGA curator
As listed: Dr Anne Mary Gray AM
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says it all.. the idiot of Australian politics
New book by Naomi Klein
“This is one attempt to uncover how we got to this surreal political moment. It is also an attempt to predict how, under cover of shocks and crises, it could get a lot worse.
And it’s a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future.”
— From the Introduction
Continue reading NO is NOT enough
will we ever have an arts minister?
While Australia is a great country – it has been a long time since we have experienced a government that was actually committed to its culture.
Continue reading Looking for arts policy
Want to see a remarkable program that explains so much about Trump?
Continue reading Trump hair
Once Australia was a leader in supporting equality and was generous in its assistance to other countries. Oh how things have changed. Here’s a post from Michael Moore on the greedy nature of the Turnbull government –
Book Notice: Culture Heist, Judith White
ART VERSUS MONEY: The fight for the soul of a
great public institution
Continue reading Culture Heist
The world leaders are stepping forward! –
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MIT Speaks for Science & Climate Change
message from the MIT President in which he reacts to the Trump announcement on how Trump is yet again out of touch with the rest of the world. Yah for our scientists!
Continue reading MIT and Climate Change
Very strange things happen in the urban design planning space in Canberra.
Continue reading A tale of two parklands
Hillary Clinton makes a fiery commencement speech at her alma mater – taking aim at Trump and his colleagues. She makes the speech nearly 50 years after graduating from Wellesley College in 1969
Continue reading Hillary Clinton
The message from ACT Labor friends
There’s definitely something evil being played out locally.
Continue reading Being Negative
George Monbiot on how dark money is subverting democracy in the UK.
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Very strange events have been unfolding since the local ACT elections in late 2016.
Continue reading ACT labor and the need for new leadership
We expect a lot of our politicians. People rightly expect their elected representatives to do just that – be representatives of the people who elected them. That’s not always a success story.
Continue reading Nicole Lawder, a Liberal who has your back
There’s significant redevelopment underway on Northbourne Ave in Canberra.
Continue reading Dickson on Northbourne
A lot has been written about the ACT Government’s announcement to establish small government housing estates on community-zoned land in Weston Creek suburbs.
Continue reading Remember they are people
Inventing the Wicked Witch: Review of Susan Bordo’s The Destruction of Hillary Clinton
Penguin - Michelle Smith, Deakin University
Continue reading Hillary Clinton