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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.