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.
While scientists and environmentalists blame cattle for the rising levels of methane, there’s another culprit and that’s coal seam gas mining.
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.’
Political scientist Markus Prior claims that “the share of politically uninformed people has risen since we entered the so-called information age”.
Van Der Weyden and Armstrong , the editors of the Australian Medical Journal claim that “reporting medical news entails a special responsibility”. They believe that journalists are responsible for reporting the facts in an accurate “clear and unambiguous manner”, and stress the need for an understanding of the medical condition being discussed. As they say the public generally trust the health system and deserve better reporting of medical issues.
Feminists and human rights activists continue to campaign to stop female genital mutilation, a procedure that intentionally excises female genital tissue leading to problems such as frequent bladder infections, childbirth complications and the risk of later surgery.