energy and climate

Coal or Food: 48 hours on the floodplains

One moment last week sums up why I wouldn’t swap this job for anything. At about 11am on Tuesday morning the Senate Environment, Communications and the Arts (ECA) Committee is confronted with an unusual sight in the Felton Valley, about 20 km south of Oakey on the Darling Downs in southern Queensland. A crowd of people have taken over the road; a sea of green T-shirts and triangular yellow placards, kids lined up with banners, hand-made signs; all the essentials for a home-grown demonstration.

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Building the resilient city

“The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet” William Gibson. Take a drive an hour south through the rapidly expanding growth corridor fusing Perth to Mandurah, and you’ll fly past a road sign at once hopeful and heartbreaking.

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inaugural speech

I’m the fifth Greens Senator that Western Australians have despatched to Canberra. Four strong women led the way in here, which is a wonderful political lineage.

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