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AUSTRALIAN ELECTION 2022 - Richard Denniss interview on
'Why the Australian government should be spending more on key institutions such as healthcare, housing and education?'

Ground Zero for the Future! Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters in Kyiv, "in many ways, we are at ground zero for the world we need to build – a world of respect for international law, the UN Charter and the power of multilateralism, a world that protects civilians, a world that advances human rights, a world where leaders live up to the values that they have promised to uphold... for the sake of every country, community & person around the world."


'The Middle East Treaty Organization' (METO)
A coalition of civil society -seeking to rid the Middle East of all
weapons of mass destruction - toward regional security & peace.
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Interview on France 24
Removing the threat of weapons of mass destruction

'Invasion is Putins calling card and war crimes is his signature'.

UN international court of justice orders Russia to halt invasion of Ukraine. Judge says court in The Hague has seen no evidence to support Kremlin’s justification for the war.

"The Russian Federation shall immediately suspend the military operations that it commenced on February 24, 2022 on the territory of Ukraine," Judges at the UN highest court said in a 13-2 decision.

The Russian and Chinese judges dissented.

Why "the international community should organise the collection and preservation of evidence of his atrocities as they happen, in real-time before the eyes of the world."

‘The world sees you’ UN chief tells Ukrainians'

Describing Ukraine as “an epicenter of unbearable heartache and pain”, the UN chief took to the podium alongside its president in Kyiv on Thursday, vowing to increase support for the people amidst the suffering, and the millions displaced in the wake of Russia’s invasion.

“I am here to focus on ways on how the UN can expand support for the people of Ukraine, saving lives, reduce suffering and help find the path of peace”, Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters from across the world gathered in a stately room, with curtains drawn.

Shortly after the press conference, two missile strikes reportedly rocked the capital, a reminder that the war is far from over, despite the Russian withdrawal from the surrounding suburbs.

At least one person was killed, and several injured – with some buried beneath rubble as two high rise buildings caught fire - according to news reports, in the northwest of the city"

...Stop Putin!

Leadership at War: How Putin and Zelensky have defined the Ukrainian Conflict.


As it has been noted, "the international community should organise the collection and preservation of evidence of his atrocities as they happen, in real-time before the eyes of the world."

As said be a Russian Journalist in Moscow. "Our country must save itself, defend itself from the madman who will bury us in the rubble. And we must defend Ukraine, where our friends, relatives, & people who have never considered enemies are living. We have one enemy - Putin."

Ear Shot:
Songs of Love and Suicide - Landays poetry of Afghanistan

Traditional folk culture, performed by women from Afghanistan.
These poems are oral and improvised. They are an expression of women, who give voice to them ... but, there's a price to pay.

Every poem has 22 syllables, 9 in the first line and 13 in the second.


Eliza Griswold: translator of Landays published the collection: I am the beggar of the world
Chris McCabe: editor of Poems from the Edge of Extinction
Nouria Salehi: founder and director of Afghan Australian Development Organisation
Elnaz Sheshgelani: actor, dancer and designer

Music: Gemma Peacocke


Saturday Extra
- "Was Defeat in Afghanistan Inevitable?" Discussion: Geraldine Doogue with Authors David Kilcullen and Greg Mills.

Book :  The Ledger: Accounting for Failure in Afghanistan, outlines how the West could have avoided defeat, the betrayal and, moral collapse that resulted.

Urgent Crisis Red Cross Appeal

Please help the Red Cross deliver essential services urgently required to the People on the Ground in Afghanistan.

The situation in Afghanistan is Dire.

How ever Will we be able to come Back from This:

A 'humanitarian catastrophe’ years of promises, hopes and dreams of Millions evaporate!

Taliban sweep into Afghan capital after government collapses

What is the point of Military State power IF the end result is always a Refugee Crisis?

What kind of transition, for evacuation of Western Troops was honestly planned from Afghanistan?

Back in July 13th, 2021 the UNHCR warned of imminent humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

Protect rights of women and girls
The Secretary-General is particularly concerned about the future of women and girls, whose hard-won rights must be protected, the note continued, stressing that “all abuses must stop. He calls on the Taliban and all other parties to ensure that international humanitarian law and the rights and freedoms of all people are respected and protected.”

The note goes on to say that the need for assistance is surging while the operating environment becomes more restricted due to the escalation of the conflict. As such, Mr. Guterres is calling on all parties to ensure that humanitarian actors have unimpeded access to deliver timely and life-saving services and assistance.


In the West, we have no idea what is is like in regional areas in Arid regional places like Africa and Afghanistan. We often wrongly judge what we see on TV or through the lens of Western Soldiers as the only perspective.

I believe the Afghan Soldiers did not have the Military Resources nor enough Food to face an onslaught by the brutal Taliban. Many over the years had lost family members as well as their comrades. Please watch this film. It is about how NATO forces first started withdrawing from Afghanistan in 2014, and gives us first hand impressions of what happens to the Afghan National Army when left to defend the extremely dangerous increased presence Taliban forces.

Yes I am aware that the NATO Allied forces spent Trillions training the Afghan soldiers. However, where and under what conditions? I dispute any notion that the Afghan forces were weak, or, that they deserted their posts (at the 11th hour) willingly.  I find most Western theories thrown around in the Media by Western leaders are an absolute insult to the Afghan Soldiers and their (mostly very poor) families.

Afghanistan’s Own Battle: On the front line

This film "AFGAHNISTANS OWN BATTLE ", presents a view that helps us consider the true situation at ground level in the Regions of Afghanistan. It gives us a deeper insight as to the diaparities not only in our Western narratives but also points to the diaparities in provisions provided compared to what we know our own Western soldiers have to fight any in a field of War.  The Afghan indigenous soldiers are up against complex tribal cultural aspects that Western nations still have difficultly understanding. These soldiers wanted a representative government but, knew their own situation better then any of our Governments could have imagined.

An estimated 75,000 Afghan military and police officers died in this Afghan War and some 71,334 civilians died directly as a result of this war.

As far as the Government is concerned, I feel it was right to leave quickly given the take-over in the regions was so quick. The film above helps us see that. Even when NATO forces were present, the Regional aspects of this war meant many areas were entirely neglected. This is where and how the Taliban capitalised on its take-over. With the poverty, the lack of essential services within these regions present... you can imagine that there were many reasons for failure.

Why do I feel the Government was right to retreat:

What did we want in the West for Kabul? Another Syria, Another Gaza? That Kabul and it citizens should be
"shot to pieces" lives lost, wasted as we have seen in other regions. I found President Bidens narrative, his surprise at the Afgan Taliban take-over utterly short-sighted and unacceptable. The West failed because of its "War like Military focused perspective". The Media was sold on a 'War on Terror'. Regardless of the need to concerntrate on the Developmental Regional aspects of the whole of Afghanistan. As others have recorded much about this I feel I wont at this stage say more here.

Why there was no Northern Alliance 2.0 this time in Afghanistan

A birdseye view of changes inside the Karzai/ Ghani Governments as we look through the employment of Afghanistans former vice President Mr Amrullah Saleh

Please support the Afghan People. This was our War against Terror, we entered their country uninvited and made many mistakes including the way we departed. Please do not turn you back on the People of Afghanistan.


Foreign Correspondent Report by Yalda Hakim from inside Afghanistan. Yalda asks two Taliban leaders how they will rule. She also speaks to other citizens on what they expect under this Taliban rule.

Before I start I have an issue with the term "a civilised world". What the hell does that mean... However, this reflection from Paul Wolfowitz (an American Conservative) and, given his own role previously in the American Defense Department is useful and, given the shocking situation today, as the NATO Alliance forces dilute and (flee) from their own overal security purpose 20 year in Afganistan... he is strategically correct when he discusses the failure and consequence.

Hong Kong’s Last Gasp: An essay on how the year of National Security Legislation has changed Hong Kong. Hong Kongs most outspoken newspaper, Apple Daily, shut down under political pressure from the government. Despite being one of the most popular newspapers in Hong Kong, it was unable to continue after the government froze its assets. Its founder and chairman, Jimmy Lai, is in prison on national security charges and for a welter of public order offences.

Find The Little Red Podcast: Interviews and & discussions that go beyond Chinas Beijing beltway.

I felt absolute tears as I listened to Late Night Live updates on Chinas assault on Hong Kong. Hong Kong was meant to remain under two systems until the year 2047, but the freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong over the last 200 years are gradually being taken away.

NATO must 'stand up' to authoritarian regimes China and Russia, says Stoltenberg as NATO leaders issued a lengthy Communique from their Brussels 2021 Summit, touching on everything from China to Russia, Iran to Afghanistan, new Human Security and Gender policies as well as ones from Climate Change to Outer Space. As Alex Gatopoulos from Al Jazeera says, unlike the past, NATO today faces "a patchwork of local conflicts while maintaining an ever-growing alliance between countries all with their own strategic considerations".

Syria - An ongoing War Without End: Last Saturday (June 12th), the Assad regime with Russia as its main supporter again launched yet more missile attacks in northwest Syria, an area not presently under Assads direct control and, the area that we understand as the region of Ibid. Meanwhile within the United Nations Security Council, particulary among the P5 nations, is another yet deadly set of manoeuvres being waged over access to Idlib by UN Aid Trucks. The nations that continue to obstruct this critical Aid,  use their powers to Veto, is typically Russia and China.

Yes the world has moved on, many feeling powerless at the worlds non-capacity to stop this ongoing humanitarian crisis that is still ongoing in Northern Syria.

But, we cant stop seeing. We need to witness this crisis, which is as serious as all those mounting, appearing without due end... in other regions as well. Too ordinary everyday civilians it all feels like the world is on a brutal downward trajectory of human-made-tragedy. We switch-off, hide, forget. It is increasingly difficult to listen, to watch todays news and feel joy, hope, trust and progress. This is because much of the speech-acts presented by domestic and international leaders everywhere has become often near unbareable. While we may understand the issues, it all feels like politicking, like leaders using the airwaves to wrangle their own list of electoral self-interests, at the cost of their citizens greatest wish... for all round world peace. As a result, we see the breakdowns of honesty, people turning away toward grievously degrees of extremisms across the globe. 

As with Syria, a multitude of these current bloodly conflicts today began because leader representatives themselves did not listen to the "peaceful attempts" of their own citizens, to communicate. The Arab Spring is but one example. Myanmar's elections results, as we speak being the latest. It is my view that this civic discontent will continue until we, as a world population can get back to some sense of respectful humanity... a renewal to restart, as a globe working together, under a rule of law that balances the equity required for everyone, across nations. It means speaking out and up. It means strengthening our world institutions in ways that can make leaders where appropriate "accountable" for their inhuman, unlawful, harmful and sometimes deadly tendencies.

Addressing some of the “critical challenges of our time”: With the news that UNSC has elected five new members to serve on the Security Council. I live in hope but feel that we do need change. I do support references that apply to a UN policy with the "Responsibility to Protect" regardless of notions of countries that claim injudicious, unlawful  and often"torturous" justification when asserting their soverignity. The problem is, how do we actively engage with it?

Through Trade and ownership, there requires more absolute focus on comprehensible forms of social responsiblity. For nations states, Everything but Arms needs to include the accountability across a wider spectrum so as to include the actions of elite nation states as well.

In the case of Syria, Canada and Netherlands under UN Convention Against Torture plan to renew efforts to hold President Bashar al-Assad’s government accountable for abuses in the war-torn country. There is a process of steps and, as they themselves acknowledge, it will take a long time.

Netanyahu "OUSTED"
- Forgive us as we expell our pure joy finally, after years of struggle... for one nanosecond. Many Israeli citizens have fought long and hard for a day that Netanyahu would be "ousted". The world recognises it has been a similar hard-slog strive, as was the change in South Africa during the early 1990s. However, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said,

On the other hand Nabil Abu Rudeineh, Abbas’s spokesman added, “Our position has always been clear, what we want is a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital."

Chuck Schumer
Among international statements, congratulating the new Israeli Government, the most hopeful statement has come from Chuck Schumer who said that he hoped 'the new government will pave the way for “serious” negotiations over a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict'.

Chuck Schumer said, “I am urging the Biden Administration to do all it can to bring the parties together and help achieve a two-state solution where each side can live side by side in peace.” This is the greatest wish for many of us who pray that the Palestinian people to have a life, released, as a occupied peoples, and the international rights that so many of us take for granted.

The Arms race, on so many levels creates the poverty, large numbers of refugees and contributes in many cases to their Statelessness, a phenomenon that we see increasingly, across the world.
While I have made mention about China's unconscionable Arms Trade deals, particulary in the Arab world and Africa, one can not ignore to whom Arms by other nations used politically, globally.

The US in this case is as unconscionable as China, when it comes to its role, at times in the UNSC and, to whom it supplies Arms.

 Usaid Siddiqui, Mohammed Hussein, Owais Zaheer & Mohammed Haddad
from AL Jazeera, show exactly how "A longstanding recipient of US military aid, Israel has developed a domestic arms industry and become a key global supplier."

Rare Earths, the Catch-22 of a Modern Age: As we campaign (big-time) for Climate Change, the choice to use green technologies over coal-fired energy-solutions, we perhaps blindly ignore an issue that will become as political as coal is now... over coming years. As urgent as the need is for Climate Change, our international understanding of Rare Earths, politically and, what they are used for is critical if we are to become authentically green, as a planet.

Yes we must understand that the race for Rare Earths is on. We need to understand the cost of the power that is powering our computers, smartphones and tablets as well as the underside of our desire for solar energy, wind turbines and the future of electric vehicles.

The Rare Metals War written by Guillaume Pitron over coming decades. is but one book the explains a darker side in environmental cost and geo-political debates we are going to need to have to face-up to what is involved in our social-economic and environmental desire for clean energy and digital technologies Besides the environmental realities, Pitron explains how "China has captured the lion’s share of the rare metals industry", and that we, consumers may know little about how these Rare Earths are either mined or traded which will influence the geopolitical costs.

2021 G-7 Communique:
Aim to 'collaborate with other countries and within the multilateral rules-based system' on climate change, covid, international infrastructure, economics, among other critical issues.

While there is no better time to restart, to face a world order that is and has been failling to come together it remains to be seen if the aspirations outlined in this 2021 G-7 Communique, will be realized without futher investment and authentic political will. It is however a very important first step that wil be watched closely over the months ahead.

The Rising Tiger bites Australia
         Like an Open Letter

I have written about things that point to my own world-view of China's role on the worlds stage. It looks beyond our entirely domestic issues to draw focus to a world of conflicting insecurities at a global level.

My concern is about International Law and its role across borders. What happens if we do not put focus back on the bigger picture. In my view, the UNSC security has never been more important. If Member States carry-on as they have... I see real trouble for civilians everywhere in the generations ahead.

Pu Zhiqiang 1989 Tiananmen Square

Pu Zhiqiang, student at  Tiananmen, taken on May 10, 1989. The Chinese words written on the paper say, "We want the freedom of newspapers, freedom of associations, also to support the 'World Economic Herald', and support those just journalists."

Comment on 730 Report "The origin of Bob Hawke's emotional speech about Tiananmen Square". I have to say, as did Chinese scholar Wu Renhua "it was irrelevant whether the shooting occurred inside or outside of the Square itself, as it was still a reprehensible massacre of unarmed civilians"


ABC TV : Current Affairs - with Stan Grant, Yvonne Yong

Author, Stan Grant's new book "With the Falling of the Dusk",  covers a number of challenges we are facing in our world. His book looks at what can be seen with the inexorable rise of China. The ascendancy of authoritarianism and, the retreat of democracy. Stan Grants sense is that; 'The world stands at a moment of crisis. ' His turns our focus onto the 'enormous geopolitical shifts, compounded by the global pandemic, economic collapse and growing inequality'. He discusses  a backdrop of 'Islamist and far right terror, and a resurgent white supremacy.'
To balance a take by Kishor Napier-Raman review of Peter Hartcher's Red Zone (right), I feel it isn't exactly an authors job to display an answer to the issues Australia is having with China. Hartcher, like many in Australia and across the world see events as they are unfolding. He points to a deterioration of politics across the world, drawing specifically with a focus on China's 'rising power and the ruthless ambition of Xi Jinping’s China'. There is moral ground to defend here, Australia does need to choose itself over its values in Trade, Human Rights and International Security.Else, who are we?

Introducing: China, If You’re Listening

ABC Podcast w/Matt Bevan.
'Relationship between Australia and China'

Matt Bevan Podcast

As former Labor foreign affairs minister Gareth Evans has said: “No state can afford to have its economy held ransom to a Washington loyalty test and none can afford to have its security held ransom to a Beijing loyalty test.”

Trade, Defence, Media & China in a fast changing World of Politics
? Peter Hartcher's new book RED ZONE reflects how many people (finally) within Australia have awoken to the China challenge. He explores what comes next. He asks if we 'will see a further deterioration in our relations with China, or is there a smarter way to deal with an authoritarian superpower?'

The Twists & Turns on Australias Energy Crisis and how looking at alternative Mircogrid technology would be more like common sense :

In Australia there is now an attempt by the Power Energy Market to charge a tarriff to roof-top Solar owners (who allow suplus energy to be used by the power-grid). Sounds a bit like what the Banks do, doesnt it?

Pivotal Discussion: Why investment in Mirogrids sound more feasible to consumers. "Microgrids and smart energy systems are predicted to be the next big thing in electricity supply — allowing us to not only produce our own energy, but also share it with our neighbours."

Proposed tariff a disincentive for household renewable energy: Alison Crook, Chair of ENOVA Community Energy discusses how and why 'charging a tariff for household solar energy producers' would be a disincentive toward a clean energy future. As quoted from the ABC Science Show, Australia’s archaic electricity distribution system was designed for one-way flow. Large, centralised power stations sending power out to consumers.

But today, old and tired central grid system market claim it needs to offer two-way flow as households with solar panels often have excess power available to send back into the grid. Yes, it makes sense, sure...  This fact was outlined in a recent draft ruling of the Australian Energy Market Commission. But, the catch is that it proposes 'charging a tariff for household solar energy producers' who want to sell their excess power back to energy distributors. The funds would go to designing a new grid for two-way flow. (unfortunately however, we have heard this kind of "poles & wires" redesign before from these central markets which saddly led to even higher consumer energy costs) The majority of Australians today (I suggest) have limited trust in the traditional power market proposals due to the way they charge user fees and then on top of this, they get away with transfering even further business upgrade costs onto everyday consumers, hence even higher prices).

Alison Crook on the other hand argues, any tariff will be a disincentive for those considering investing in rooftop solar because it will support the old idea of centralised power distribution rather than the new model of microgrids and community generation and storage."


Why is a Clean Energy Future so important. Find Greta Thunbergs film: A Year to Change the World as a motivating jouney demonstrating the global struggle and reason "to give science a voice and to really go more in depth"

Catch Greta's awesome film on ABC iview

Space junk—how did orbital debris become such a huge headache?

Humanity, we need to Change: If climate change and or the amount of garage in our oceans does not disturb you, then perhaps you might consider the untapped practice of humans and there growing pollution in space.
QUESTION: How did space become so polluted and what is being done to manage orbital debris?
It appears that out practices as humans are rarely thought through. We invent some pretty remarkable things without the clearest idea of how we can clean-up the mess we make once the remarkable things we create reach there use-by-date. According to a NASA article dated in 2013, there are "More than 500,000 pieces of debris, or “space junk,” are tracked as they orbit the Earth. They all travel at speeds up to 17,500 mph, fast enough for a relatively small piece of orbital debris to damage a satellite or a spacecraft." Imagine the growth of this number since.

A problem here once again is about the 'probability of a collision enough that evasive action or other precautions to ensure the safety of the crew are needed'. For me the issue is far wider then that. Why have we/they not considered waste. The issue of the waste we build-up within the space environment. Like the Oceans we pollute, we are only just begining to understand the serious damage to the earth eco-system this polluting garage creates. Now before we have even solved these pressing issues on earth... we are out there in space creating more garbage without any real idea of how to responsibly clean it up.

"Space debris is typically a negative externality—it creates an external cost on others from the initial action to launch or use a spacecraft in near-Earth orbit—a cost that is typically not taken into account nor fully accounted for in the cost" by the majority of launchers or payload owners.

Pretty isnt it, but at what cost?

Mynamar: An Historical View

ABC Rear-Vision program reflects on political and historical aspects
in Myanmar's-(Burma) past.

A political question to ask;
"What brings a military to the point of killing its own citizens?

Does the answer lie in the 'intersection of colonialism and capitalism in Myanmar in the later part of the 20th century?'

A Philosophical Dialogue

Justice as love - not just a legal matter

Ever felt that you need to understand 'the love and patience needed for social healing and the imagination required for new ways of relating and experiencing the world'. Well here, I may have found a book that could help by listening again to (you guessed it) that thoughtful Late Night Live ABC presenter, Phillip Adams.

Justice and Love: A Philosophical Dialogue is published by Bloombury

I am always placed in a sense of 'healing' when I hear the voices that resonant with the way I too feel about our inter-relationships. The core voice that embraces us as humans and non-humans.... as in the whole logic of ecology, the universe and beyond of which we are a part. Our world is everything.... inside and out, internal and external.... the rivers, bees, wind.... our "relatedness" ... how do we dig deeper into the essense of our place, and hear all the voices that surround us without the learned indifference.

Authors: Mary Zournazi, film maker,  cultural philosopher, and Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of NSW

Dr Rowan Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and the former Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 until 2012.

Old People's Home For 4 Year Olds: "A new group of older Australians joins a bunch of lively 4-year-olds in a purpose-built play school for fun, games, learning and friendship." Available on ABC iview

Review of program. We need to stop writing off kids and old folks... "5 Life Lessons from ABC’s Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds".

Community Engagement: This show does not just embark on an intergenerational experiment addressing Australia's loneliness epidemic. No, it is a mirror of ourselves and the world we could create against the one we are creating.... for ourselves if we dont wake up to  the love, joy and connectivity we leave behind without community connections, or networks of quality engagement.

More then just a social project, this documentary presents us with a strategy that needs to become a way of life for all, within community. With so much social isolation occurring today within Australia, it is pivotal that we reflect more awareness toward how invisible a  large  proportion  of people are becoming within our community...in this ever fast changing world.

Saturday Extra, the ABC's Radio National early morning (7:30am) Saturday Current Affairs program with presenter Geraldine Doogue did an outstanding coverage selection round this week (March the 6th, 2021). Yes, they are topic's I am deeply concerned about and Yes, they are topic's that impact us but unfortunately run under-the-radar of everyday business in both current media outlets as well as throughout national, local and international politics.

I list these program segments links to their stories below. I encourage everyone to listen, as their has never been a better time to place these topics at the center of our minds.

How to inject fresh thinking into Australia's housing conversation?

The phosphorus problem no one is talking about!

On Rape Allegations in Australia's Parliament: Discussion w/Anne Tiernan  &  Don Russell

Conflict & mass starvation in Ethiopia. Crisis

A Foreign Affair February: Myanmar's military, Australia & New Zealands relations, Biden seeks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal

THE PICK: A Geraldine favorite on  reading, listening & watching... interesting things  to look-out for.

A unique Australian Story: A story about how Veena Sahajwalla is turning heads and minds everywhere. Veena is leading her very own "recycling revolution"in Australia and is showing us all 'how you can turn old clothes into kitchen tiles'.... among other things.

"In 2018, Sahajwalla launched the world’s first e-waste microfactory, where valuable metal alloys are extracted from discarded smartphones, laptops and circuit boards. Now she’s converting waste materials, such as the glass, plastic and textiles Australia previously exported or sent to landfill, into industrial-grade ceramics inside a second microfactory. She also plans to roll out her microfactory model across the country and, ultimately, the world."

IOM’s World Migration Report 2020
:  The United Nations IOM’s World Migration Report 2020 provides Vital Information and Analysis.

This is because Migration is one of the most polarizing public policy issues of our time. As the subject continues to dominate news cycles and public policy debates, misinformation on migration and migrants has become widespread, making it harder to separate facts from fiction. Download Full Report.

The Curse of Coal: There are a few critical reasons why Australia lags behind other nations in advanced industries, training and education or why many feel muted by the contentious disreguard our present leadership has for it's own citizens economic wellbeing in the future.

Below is a first class rated discussion on the history of the coal debate in Australia over the past decade and why it's political focus has screened out the innovative purpose of market diversification in manufacturing across the Australian landscape.

Well Done

1) Saturday Extra: Geraldine Doogue https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/australias-coal-curse/12801994

2) Author: Judith Brett is emeritus professor of politics. https://www.quarterlyessay.com.au/essay/2020/06/the-coal-curse

Late Night Live w/Phillip Adams "Indigenous incarceration since the turn of the century"

  • Why has our criminal justice system failed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians so badly, and could 2020 be the year that we start to shift the dial?
  • In Australia. "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are vastly over-represented in the prison population and despite numerous inquiries and hundreds of recommendations over the past two decades, we've failed to reduce these disproportionate incarceration rates."

RearVison: How renewable energy has become so cheap in the past 20 years

  • Benjamin Sovacool - Professor of energy policy at the University of Sussex and author of Global Energy Politics.
  • Sven Teske - Research Director - Institution for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney.
  • Bruce Usher - Professor at Columbia Business School and author of Renewable Energy: A Primer for the Twenty-first Century.

World Food Programme awarded Noble Peace Prize

* Global food insecurity aggravated by COVID-19

WFP recognized “for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict”, said Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

YAHOO! "Scotland first in the world to make sanitary products free"
Bill passes unanimously, with First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon calling policy ‘important for women and girls.’

Right, Monica Lennon joins campaigners and activists during a rally outside the Scottish Parliament in support of the Scottish Governments Support For Period Products Bill on February 25, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland

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