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  1. Now or Never - Chapter 1

    NOW OR NEVER A Sustainable Future for Australia? Tim Flannery We succeeded in taking that picture, and ... of Earth, and one which will influence the fate of life from now on. Geologists talk of the dawning of a new geological period called the ... understood that we are earth, it is equally true, but almost never said, that we are Earth as well. We are Earth by virtue of the fact that ...


  2. Now or Never - Chapter 5

    ... be a healthy new infusion of political will and leadership, Australia is uniquely placed to make a significant global difference in the ... that this is achieved by Australia. One vitally important issue becomes the transfer of intellectual property involving clean coal from ... in order to give the world the chance at a better future. My own view is that the children and grandchildren of the coal burners ... of nearby settlements by the end of 2008. What’s needed now is the rapid exploitation of the resource, which in turn requires access to ... it’s worth considering what is occurring right now in Iceland. The significance of that country, from a clean energy ... mass. And most importantly, it would need to be a fully sustainable city – Australia’s very first. Building it could teach us how ... looks like much less of a problem.  Now or Never - Chapter 5 ...


  3. Now or Never - Chapter 15

    ... actual grasp of life on the ground in remote Aboriginal Australia has not evolved noticeably in the past fifty years.  Paul ... that they would be its immediate victims. There was never any chance that the law would not be passed, as there was never any chance that the equal wages dispute would not result in the legal ... necessity of working alongside whites towards some sort of sustainable future, the teenagers and young adults scorn them as conciliatory towards a ... I work included, where alcohol is a minor and intermittent issue, not banned but frowned on by the community at large, most children are ... shudder along the cultural faultline.  Kim Mahood Now or Never - Chapter 15 ...


  4. After The Future - Chapter 3

    ... this essay with a quote from Sir Keith Hancock’s book Australia because it set me thinking about the relationship Australians have ... people to create a nation of true Australians – one with a sustainable relationship with their land? Hancock’s ruminations are now more than eighty years old, and it’s a fair question as to whether ... impression that protecting the environment is primarily an issue for the left, and that industry acts as a bloc to prevent environmental ... in the United States, to frustrate action on the issue.  Increasingly, those who act to frustrate environmental protection ... by the year. Some retired scientists and engineers, who never adapted to the computer age and who have joined the ranks of the climate ... the environment as a political football.  After The Future - Chapter 3 ...


  5. The Happy Life - Chapter 9

    ... politics. He ploughs through political exchanges most of us never got to the bottom of; yet he keeps us entertained, and every now and then flashes out with a witticism. Thus he remarks on the ... and claims in the same breath that “the notion of a sustainable Australia” was “a dog whistle” that Julia herself had invented. This is ... the right to malign those who do see it as a major policy issue; and the implied conflation of boatpeople and immigration numbers is ... would damage both the environment and the quality of life of future generations has clearly passed him by. 2 So has Birrell and Healy’s ...


  6. Bad News - Chapter 11

    ... I was less sure that microfinance would work in regional Australia. Distance was the outback’s tyranny, not lack of credit. It took ... led me to a sad conclusion: perhaps some parts of regional Australia could never be rescued. Judith Brett’s Fair Share forces us to confront an ... in her judgment: “although it achieved a good deal, we now know that in essence it failed.” The changing political landscape of ... each one able (to some extent) to shape their economic future. Miners, by contrast, are often agglomerations of power: union and ... owned equity in our country for over a century. The real issue was the complex question of securing the community’s long-term ... delivering skills and building the hardware of the future economy.  At times Brett seems eager to insulate the romantic ...


  7. Power Shift - Chapter 8

    ... CONVERSATIONS China’s growing power does not threaten Australia, but it does undermine the international order in Asia which has kept ... people deal with their problems than with managing our own. Now we face serious problems of our own, from which two tasks flow. First, to consider how we can best shape Asia’s future order to suit our interests. Second, to consider how Australia can ... because the chances of moving American opinion on this issue are so small. That may underestimate both us and the Americans. America ... concerns Taiwan. The US and China have managed the Taiwan issue quite well in recent years, but it remains a fundamental point of ... reunification with China. Perhaps surprisingly, America has never said such a thing before. A declaration along these lines would hardly ...


  8. American Revolution - Chapter 10

    NOW OR NEVER Correspondence Richard Branson With scientific ... Tim Flannery paints a serious picture of the planet’s future, even if, as he says, he overwhelms us “with the scale and the number ... deny that we have all been guilty in the past of ducking the issue. Governments and politicians, by their nature, think in the short term, ... can make a positive or negative contribution towards making sustainable lifestyles easier, and each of them is being asked to identify what ... schemes. There are proposals in both Europe and Australia. Naturally I would prefer a single global scheme, but either way ... a prospect is what provides the impetus to act and to act now. No single group can solve the problem, which is why we need to work ...


  9. Bad Company - Chapter 16

    ... inhabitants. Echoing Bill Clinton’s comment while visiting Australia during the Tampa crisis – that he couldn’t understand the ... and more difficult to sustain even the number of people we now have, let alone take the vast number of refugees our foreign policy ... us morally responsible – but do so in the context of a sustainable population policy that will regulate future immigration. Yet Flannery’s version of eco-humanism is also ... parks and reserves came to be seen as a vital aspect – but never the sole focus – of a strategic approach to the conservation of native ... species. The debate over culling has been a peripheral issue for much of the movement for the past forty years. Presently, ... in fighting for the Tasmanian Tiger or Passenger Pigeon now. Similarly, forests may be one person’s firewood but another’s “green ...


  10. Beautiful Lies - Chapter 9

    AUSTRALIA ADRIFT One Sunday morning in the mid- 1980s, when my children ... their landmark book The Population Bomb in 1968, the issue of population has been on the environmental agenda. But relating ... power would acknowledge that the environment might be an issue. As we sang our national anthem, we all proclaimed that, “For those who ... demand, a population of around 8 million is all that is sustainable. Foran’s calculation flies in the face of social reality and ... today. The CSIRO’s landmark report on population, Future Dilemmas (to which Foran was a major contributor), was released in ... look at the evidence: it is abundantly clear that right now our ingenuity is baffled and in disarray. It is losing the battle against ... Australians at risk, but to accelerate that risk. We should never entirely rule out the possibility of taking that risk, but we should only ...