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  1. After The Future - Chapter 1

    AFTER THE FUTURE Australia’s New Extinction Crisis Tim Flannery When it suits them, men may take control and ... me look at my society anew. Eighteen years ago I wrote The Future Eaters , which raised some of the issues discussed here. How much ... he would do if he discovered Uluru was rich in gold ore. After a moment’s thought he replied: “Come up from underneath.” In other ...


  2. Not Dead Yet - Chapter 11

    AFTER THE FUTURE Correspondence Tim Low Tim Flannery is dismayed by the “haphazard” efforts to prevent a looming extinction crisis, but some of the solutions he proposes are themselves haphazard, such as ... people from nature is a significant part of the problem. The New Nature movement, centred around the writings of Richard Louv, helps show ... to save species. Values, and how they are presented, are at issue, as the framing of environmental protection as “green tape” ... passion is for mammals, so he does not mention the recent extinction of the white-chested white-eye, a small bird on Norfolk Island, nor ...


  3. Not Dead Yet - Chapter 9

    AFTER THE FUTURE Correspondence Peter Garrett There is much that resonates ... or follow environmental issues closely, it is not a “newextinction crisis. Australia has many unique endemic species, but we have a poor track ... and increased effort are necessary if we are to secure a future many scientists, policy-makers and informed members of the public ... comes at a crucial time.  There are two aspects of After the Future that I want to address. The first concerns Flannery’s ...


  4. Beautiful Lies - Chapter 7

    ... abundant only a few decades earlier, the full extent of the extinction crisis began to be realised. Inspired by Rachel Carson’s classic Silent ... rebel – always at odds with the establishment, even after he became founding Professor of Zoology at Monash University. He also had ... To think that we can walk away from managing the new environment that this history has created is a form of madness. It’s ... is sufficient safeguard against unintended blunders. The issue that most dominated Australian environmental politics in the closing ... and it has been claimed that forests were the decisive issue in the 200 1Western Australian state elections. Although many aspects of ...


  5. A Rightful Place - Chapter 3

    ... contribution to the debate on genocide in Tasmania soon, after we lift the scales from our eyes concerning some of the most revered ... Anthony Trollope, in his emigration guide Australia and New Zealand , demanded his British readers squarely face the fact that ... in 1876 was a world-historical event, marking the assumed extinction of a race. It was a reverberation I would feel when I learnt her ... side. They have been and are mute on the social crisis of Aboriginal Australia; indeed, I have observed that the policies ... version of denialism – or is strongly coloured by denial. After all, the long, 150-year reign of the Great Australian Silence was about ... History is never resolved, and we should not make a shared future contingent on a shared past. For this reason I cannot abandon the ... those aimed at protection … ultimately envisaged no future whatsoever for the original peoples of the island.” And this is ...


  6. Bad Company - Chapter 13

    ... of the newspaper of a civilised and thoughtful nation in crisis. But we don’t see them, and I am far from confident that the ... thus? A similar story can be told for Queensland and western New South Wales: the spread of the cotton industry down the Darling almost to ... it. The examples he adduces to show that cats do not cause extinction are very plausible, especially the case of the large islands, ... rather than a lie, and he illustrated this in The Future Eaters . Some early colonists and explorers in south-eastern Australia ... be said for Phillip Baxter’s image of life-boat Australia after all, not so much in fending off the hands of those struggling to climb on ... concept because it focuses the mind on the essential or key issue, which in our case is the land. This is the danger of all the “save” ...


  7. Groundswell - Chapter 10

    THE NEW CONSTITUENCY However we choose to interpret the 2001 figures one thing ... live in fear of the ghosts of its past. When the Tampa crisis arose, at least some of its leaders must have shuddered at the ... the line that the Western Australian election was a one-issue wonder, soon to be annulled by the implementation of the state ALP’s ... the Greens would only jeopardise ‘government stability’. After the Cunningham by-election the Australian ( 23/10/02) ran a vehement ... pond of Greens unanimity by thinking aloud in public on the issue of Telstra, asking whether the Greens Party might not consider a ... too narrowly on animal rights and issues of species extinction while failing to develop a broader platform. On the ... poverty and sustainable development. They cite Our Common Future, the Brundtland Report (1987) produced by the World Commission on ...


  8. Bad News - Chapter 5

    ... and that it is certain to have profound effects in the future – the science is truly settled. However, in regard to scores of other ... permafrost or the Himalayan glaciers, the pace at which the extinction of different species will occur, the prevalence and intensity of ... rests on expertise, as it does with climate science, the issue for laypeople is not what to believe but who. Here, however, another ... and intellectual muddle.  On 4 December 2010 the new environment editor at the Australian , Graham Lloyd, published a ... shows fossil fuels are responsible for a global warming crisis, which may be right, they could just as easily be wrong.” On 15 March ... truth the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol ended in 2012. After then it was hoped that, in a second stage, the developing countries would ...


  9. Quarry Vision - Sources

    ... Worker,” tribute by Bill Shorten at the opening of the new AWU Melbourne headquarters (named after Spence), 1 October 2003. “the nerve-centre of Australian mining”: ... government”: “Minister outlines Australia’s energy future,” media release by Martin Ferguson MP, 5 June 2008. “net energy ... 2009, Turnbull said: “The Coalition’s position on this issue [climate change and emissions trading] is very well known – it’s the ... Mature Age Allowance, Partner Allowance, Special Benefit, Crisis Payment, Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment, Austudy and ABSTUDY, ... Robert Manne, Slow TV, op. cit. “threatens with extinction”: climate change already kills some 150,000 people annually ...