Category Archives: Beyond the Valley

When will he be free to live and laugh and love?

Imran Mohammad is 23 years old and a Rohingya refugee who has been in detention on the hellhole of Manus Island since 2013. At Christmas (2017) he was notified to go to Port Moresby to be interviewed by US officials

Planetary health – We’re all in this together

On Thursday 14 December last year, Helen Clark, formerly Administrator of the UN Development Programme and Prime Minister of New Zealand,  launched the new Planetary Health Platform at Sydney University. Planetary Health recognises the links between human systems and the

Why private schools should be banned

Elizabeth Farrelly   If I had one wish for Australia it’d be this. Ban private schools. The Turnbull government has been caught hiding funding figures for Catholic schools but it beatsmewhy such funding even exists. Indeed, it beatsmewhy private schools

Where are the Jack Mundeys of today?

Jack Mundey became a national figure in the early 1970s when as Secretary of the NSW Branch of the Builders’ Labourers Federation (BLF), he led the union’s famous ‘green bans’. This extraordinary conservation campaign redefined the development of Australia’s major

Sydney’s future lost to concrete and clay

Photo by Frans on Unsplash

‘We’re building Sydney’s future!’’ declare the hoardings. And they’re right. That’s what scares me. For it’s a future that reduces this intricate and leafy heart of old Sydney to a concrete-and-steel cacophony; fast, featureless and corporate-minded. In a word, grey.

Gold Fever!

Tinonee residents, Chris and Graham Gibbons are keen travelers on a mission.  Here Chris tells of gold detecting at Forsayth in outback Queensland.     We have just returned from two months at Forsayth in Queensland, where we have been

Planet must tap into granny power.

Elizabeth Farrelly To my surprise it was a woman making coffee – an older woman, a granny barista.  Of course, that shouldn’t be surprising, except that it doesn’t happen – like, ever. Occasionally in DJs or Maccas you’ll get a

Prince of Misrule

The internet is alive with stories about Prince Philip, including some dubious facts.  Such as, that he has written 14 books, to which we can return later. When it was announced, very recently, that he was standing down, he famously

Understanding China

Those who are concerned about the rise and influence of China need to understand that the Chinese are only doing what we have allowed them to do over the past 25 years! To fully understand China one also needs consider

Undermining Adani

  “When I rafted the Franklin in the 1970s, I knew the campaign to save that spectacular river, despite local support for damming it, would become one to test that generation. In 2017, stopping the Adani coal mine is a

Fukushima. An Unfolding Cataclysmic Event.

By Dr Jim Frazier Six years ago a magnitude 9.0 earthquake followed by a giant tsunami crashed into Japan and swamped the Fukushima nuclear Power plant causing a serious meltdown. The current situation with the plant after considerable effort by

The NBN – Another Inconvenient Truth

By John Tulloh  ‘The NBN network is Australia’s exciting new landline phone and internet network. It’s designed to give you access to fast, reliable phone and internet services, no matter where you live’. NBN Connect Kit. Pardon? I hope P&I