Author: JanBowQld

Climate Solutions Plan from Beyond Zero Emissions

BZE’s plan to cut emissions and power bills in ten years. Making a difference to cutting energy use and greenhouse impacts at the individual or family level can often seem daunting and out of reach for many of us.  As a home owner, I have wondered what exactly I could do to make a difference, and whether the long term savings will cover my investment. Now the Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) think-tank, in partnership with The University of Melbourne Energy Institute claims to be able to provide the answers. On an unseasonably warm evening last Monday (12 August) an...

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Griffith Candidate Forum – 6 August

Debate is the “life-blood of democracy” Republished with the permission of No Fibs So this is what it feels like to live in the electorate of the sitting Prime Minister of Australia. We are just two days into the election campaign and Kevin Rudd has finally got the debate he has so long wanted – but with his LNP opponent in Griffith Bill Glasson. The media circus is in town. I arrived early but the television networks were already there. Channel 7 and 10 trucks and generators were set up in the Colsmlie Hotel car park, cameras were hoisted...

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Brisbane Launch – Socialist Equity Party

Socialist Equity claims refugee policy is “a cynical and calculated diversion from the real issues”. Last Sunday evening (28 July) I attended the campaign launch for the Socialist Equity Party (SEP) in Queensland. Held in Jagera Hall in South Brisbane’s Musgrave Park, this was a somewhat austere affair when contrasted to the more ‘tub thumping’ Socialist Alliance public launch held in Boundary Street on 13 July. I paid the $3 entry fee for workers (it was $2 for non-workers) and explained my purpose in attending. I was welcomed to take photographs of the candidates and to record proceedings. The...

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Who’s who on the Socialist Left?

Ever wondered what all those socialist groups stand for? If you have had similar experiences to me, you have probably been offered pamphlets and newspapers by a range of socialist organisations at rallies and during election campaigns. Names such as Socialist Alliance (Green Left Weekly), Socialist Alternative (Red Flag; Marxist Left Review) and the Communist Party of Australia (formally the Socialist Party of Australia), may be familiar to some. The shifting alliances between these parties and differences in policy and approach can be difficult to fathom, and a quick scan of the internet may only add to the confusion....

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RuddWatch: setting the scene in Griffith

Griffith is an electorate to watch. Reprinted with permission from No Fibs. From the well-to-do apartment blocks of Kangaroo Point and the entertainment and culture hub of South Brisbane to the tin and timber Queenslanders of East Brisbane, Coorparoo and Greenslopes, Griffith is a diverse inner city electorate with a sitting member who may have the highest profile of any election candidate. When I settled in the West End two years ago I fell in love with the vibrant culture – its street art, the wonderful Avid Reader bookshop and its great coffee and cafes. For an inner city suburb...

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