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The biggest #CensusFail: Communication with the public

By Matt Bevan, ABC radio The number of mistakes made by the Australian Bureau of Statistics leading up to and on census night was astonishing—and nearly all of them were due to poor communication skills, writes Matt Bevan. The idea of counting the population of your jurisdiction has been around for a

Our land and the Koala Capital of the world

Callum Golding travelled to Gunnedah to meet koalas and learn about the habitat destruction in the Leard and Pilliga for coal and coal seam gas projects. by Callum Golding Why do we see our environment as something so separate from us? The cut off and isolated ego, motivated by self-gain is a

Being a political Dinosaur

Political decisions affect all of us As a very ex-politician I am now a self-styled dinosaur – I find it hard to understand the times we are in. I don’t tweet, blog or use Facebook so I am removed from the world of social media. I don’t even listen to the ‘wisdom’

Jewish leader supports Pope’s call for climate action and critique of economic focus

Jenny Goldie continues the series of interviews with religious leaders on climate change, talking here with Jewish Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black. Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black joined a delegation of leaders from various faiths in Parliament House, Canberra, on 22 June in endorsing the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si. Pope Francis had called for urgent

Two Fires burn brightly to honour poet Judith Wright

“Australian poet Judith Wright once famously advised her Nobel Prize-winning friend Patrick White not to get too involved in political activism because it might damage his art” (Sian Prior, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 March.2005). Fortunately for all of us, and especially the Braidwood organisers of the biennial Two Fires Festival,

Financially fit? Unfortunately not

The biggest issue facing Queanbeyan and Palerang residents  ratepayers this calendar year is the NSW government demand that councils show they are ‘fit for the future’. Preliminary reports of what a merger between Palerang and Queanbeyan would look like financially, and what each looks like alone, are not optimistic. According to