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Judith Brett on RN Breakfast
As the Federal Government plans Australia's post-covid economic recovery, it looks like fossil fuels could play a key role.
That would be a mistake, according to the author of the latest Quarterly Essay, which argues Australia's long reliance on simple exports like wool, and more recently coal, is partially to blame for our failure to develop a thriving manufacturing sector.
CRY ME A RIVER review in The Australian
The Murray-Darling Basin is often in the news and seldom for the right reasons. It is troubled by drought and climate change and the unquenchable thirst of agriculture. Yet belief in it is an article of faith for politicians, causing regular scraps over its management and its future.
In Cry Me A River, journalist and author Margaret Simons chronicles the results of her decision to take a close look at it herself. As she writes, except in times of drought, the Murray-Darling Basin “is a mighty thing”. It covers more than a million square kilometres and encompasses 77,000km of rivers, 2.6 million people, 40 Aboriginal nations and 120 species of waterbirds.
Margaret Simons on Big Ideas
The Murray Darling Basin covers 4 states. The water from it is the life source for millions of people, their communities, crops, and the natural environment. But it has been in poor shape for a long time. Margaret Simons travelled through the basin - our food and fibre bowl - talking to locals, irrigators, bureaucrats, and scientists, to get the lowdown. She spoke to Paul Barclay.
Peter Hartcher in The Sydney Morning Herald “Power and Paranoia: Why the Chinese government aggressively pushes beyond its borders”
Chinese government-backed patriots living in Australia are aggressively pursuing their homeland’s geopolitical agenda. The good news: new laws help address this. The bad news: they’re not being enforced.
Peter Hartcher in The Sydney Morning Herald “‘Insidious’: Former ASIO boss warns on Chinese interference in Australia”
Former ASIO boss Duncan Lewis has said the Chinese government is seeking to “take over” Australia's political system through its “insidious” foreign interference operations.
Quarterly Essay high-school writing competition winner: “Breaking pink and blue boxes”
What is the first thing you do when you meet someone new? Before you even walk up to them and ask their name? Based on aspects of their appearance and body language alone, you make an assumption about their gender.
Quarterly Essay high-school writing competition winner: “On the common good”
What is the end goal of existence? Why do we submit ourselves to the control of a government that many of us resent? In recent times, we have witnessed democracy become increasinglydysfunctional and, in some instances, replaced with a cacophony of anger and division. The rise of populism, as seen in several democracies worldwide, has left us in a state of war. It brings up the fundamental question, again: what is the purpose of our existence in society?
Erik Jensen on ABC RN Breakfast
It's just over five weeks since Australia elected its 46th Parliament, which contrary to most opinion polls and pundit predictions was supposed to have a Labor-led government.
As we know, the Coalition, or perhaps it was Prime Minister Scott Morrison, pulled off a remarkable victory; even he described it as a miracle.
Award-winning biographer and journalist Erik Jensen had a box seat on the Morrison campaign trail and he's penned his observations for the latest Quarterly Essay, titled The Prosperity Gospel.