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Don’t be fooled by Walker’s minor tinkering to the Toondah Plan

The development still has 10,000 people in 10 storey buildings that almost doubles Cleveland’s population. And the proposed 100 metre buffer is still too close. Walker’s own Environmental Impact Statement confirms that: ‘[it] will have significant impact on migrating, endangered shorebirds and wetlands of international importance.’ The revised plans also show a significant reduction in new […]

Whether Redlands ends up resembling a cross between Inala and Surfers Paradise – depends on things we choose to do or choose to ignore TODAY

If this development application gets the go ahead it will set a precedent that could be repeated again and again around the Redlands. This is your last opportunity in 2016 to express concern about the scale of unsuitable residential development that’s occurring across the Redlands. It’s not just cranky neighbours that are upset – a […]

The hammer needs to fall on misconduct in Local & State Government.

        – and it can with your help.  Dr Cameron Murray is an economist who has studied Council related planning and assessment corruption and conflict of interest issues in Queensland. He’s said that Ipswich and Redlands were the two City Councils with the biggest problems in this area as a result of […]

Stopping the land reclamation for Toondah apartments is a no brainer.

What is undecided is what to do about the harbour. I’m going to argue that Toondah Harbour doesn’t need renovating, it needs relocating. The present location is unsafe, unsound environmentally, unsightly and uneconomical. Toondah is Unsafe Look at old photos and maps of the area from a century ago and you won’t see Toondah Harbour, […]

Economics as if people mattered

Inequalities in income, wealth and opportunity are not just widening, but the rate at which their widening is growing. And there’s been a succession of governments that have not acted. For one of the main drivers of inequality, look at tax trends in the US over the last 60 years: Corporate tax in the in […]

Most politicians know what needs doing

– they just don’t know how to get re-elected once they’ve done it!   What does it say of us as passive bystanders, listening ad nauseam to politician’s spin and half-truths that lead to political dysfunction? Why do we put up with such stuck-in-our-ways inefficiency in an age of such progress in other areas of […]

bad things happen when good people do nothing

We don’t escape guilt in anything that’s wrong unless we do something or speak up. If we’re complacent we’re complicit. Being a helpless victim or a hapless observer is still a choice. Even sitting quietly in our chair will harm anyone who’d benefit from us getting up to help. As Eldridge Cleaver said, “…if you’re […]

‘Exhaustipated’ describes the average voter !

… a mix of 2 words: exhausted and constipated. We are up against powerful vested interests who profit from the status quo. They are well resourced, have loud voices and strong motivations to keep things as they are. In numbers they are a minority, but we’ve become a disenchanted and apathetic majority. Having a vote […]

Is neo-liberalism a kick to the bulls for investment?

Government is not as bad as we think. Apple received its early stage funding from US government’s programs and all the technologies which make the iPhone ‘smart’ were State funded: the Internet, wireless networks, GPS, microelectronics, touch-screen displays and the latest voice-activated SIRI personal assistant. “Most of the revolutionary innovations that fueled the dynamics of capitalism […]

We need the grace to accept things that can’t be changed, the courage to change the things that can and the wisdom to know the difference  – Reinhold Niebuhr

Nowhere is trust more important than in politics and the public sphere. It comes from shared values, of wanting to act together and form goals to be held in common. But trust is fragile and can be fractured. If the belief takes hold that political and economic systems are stacked against them, individuals will exit […]