Sustainability Bites

There is no such thing as a free lunch

Peter Burnett

A new government and a new environment minister – what now for Australian environmental policy?

A new government and a new environment minister – what now for Australian environmental policy?

While Labor lifted its game at the last minute with its environmental law reform policy, they can hardly be said to be environmental-policy high performers. So, what’s ‘on the record’ and ‘off the record’ for our new government when it comes to the Environment? What should our new environment minister prioritise?

Last Chance Quiz – the Australian Government’s (non) response to queries on the environment

Last Chance Quiz – the Australian Government’s (non) response to queries on the environment

The Government tinkers with the environment while inflating and conflating its efforts so as to deliberately mislead the people. The final Senate Estimates before the official election period (‘last chance quiz’) poked a few holes in the Government’s carefully contrived environment Budget narrative, but this doesn’t mean we are any wiser about what’s going on.

What is ecology’s contribution to sustainability? And why does economics get the Big Chair at the dinner table?

What is ecology’s contribution to sustainability? And why does economics get the Big Chair at the dinner table?

If economics is the ‘mother tongue’ of public policy then, unfortunately, ecology remains a foreign language. Apart from ecologists not being native speakers of economics (and vice-versa) their substantive ideas concerning ecological relationships and processes are not obvious to the ordinary person.

A tale of two wetlands – what a difference a minister makes

A tale of two wetlands – what a difference a minister makes

These two wetland decisions leave some significant unanswered questions, the most important of which concerns the power of lobbying. These cases provide another illustration of why the EPBC Act is badly in need of reform.