The true story of Australia’s mining boom is not pretty. While miners claim they’ve saved the country from financial crisis, the social and environmental costs are considerable.
In July 2010, Christine Nixon resigned as chair of Victoria’s Bushfire Recovery and Reconstruction Authority, effectively retiring from public life. But this week the former Victorian chief police commissioner is well and truly back in the media spotlight.
As the Federal Government readies itself to announce the details of the long – deliberated carbon tax, the Climate Change Minister, Greg Combet reassures the voters that the government remains addicted to strong economic growth.
But is business as usual really possible in our post-carbon world?
It would appear that even the Prime Minister of Britain William Pitt (1759-1806) knew a thing or two about spin. I have always thought that the reason the British government settled Botany Bay was because it needed somewhere to dump its criminals. So I was intrigued to hear an interview on Late Night Live where author Alan Frost told broadcaster Phillip Adams that the official line ‘is a bit of spin.’