A clean energy future? The Australia Institute's analysis of the government's carbon tax announcement
Has the PM "knocked the brick wall down"?
''I've knocked the brick wall down; this is going through, this is done, full stop.'' Prime Minister Julia Gillard, 10 July 2011.
The good news is that the modest carbon price announced yesterday will neither impoverish Australians nor bankrupt our economy. The bad news is that the modest carbon price announced yesterday won’t save the planet either.
A win for voluntary action
The plan negotiated between the government, the Greens and the Independents has finally acknowledged the need to empower individuals and communities to do their bit extra.
Is climate change a left wing issue?
The Ross Garnaut-commissioned CSIRO’s report Australians’ views of climate change last year polled 3096 Australians and found that the biggest single predictor of whether Australians believe that global warming is caused by humans is their voting intentions. Voting intention would seem to be a strange thing to correlate with an issue that is essentially scientific.
Does that make climate change a left wing issue?
The Green Institute is conducting a series of 'Green Schools' in July and August which offer "an opportunity for in-depth discussion on the big social, economic and environmental issues, learning hands-on skills and meeting like-minded people".
For more information, and to enrol, go to The Green Institute's website.
How many jobs is 23,510, really? Recasting the mining job loss debate, B Chapman and K Lounkaew, 6 June
The rise and rise of online retail, B Irvine, D Richardson, J Fear and R Denniss, 24 May
Surplus fetish: The political economy of the surplus, deficit and debt, D Richardson, 9 May
The Australia Institute now has a YouTube channel. View our recent 'In conversation with Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown' Politics in the Pub event.
Economic road map failure, The Canberra Times, 8 July
Satisfaction guaranteed: money makes us happy, The Australian, 29 June
Walking both sides of the street, The Canberra Times, 24 June
Mining the figures, ABC 'PM', 6 June