Offshore wind power welcome but overdue

There is not any doubt that Australia needs leadership on climate change and energy, that we need relief from the burdens and the costs of climate change. We need the benefits of lower energy costs, reduced pollution and new jobs from the renewable energy and green tech economy. But all we get is an empty blue pamphlet and slogans.


Juukan Gorge travesty could happen again tomorrow

When the action so far in response to the Juukan Gorge disaster has been the usual government gobbledygook about initiating consultation, and convening further meetings in the future, and better operationalizing existing departmental responsibilities, there’s not a lot of cause for hope.


Morrison Government’s hollow trees promise

It is with bitter irony, therefore, perhaps with shamelessnesss, that the government has announced today new measures that apparently could unlock up to 100 million trees over the next decade. And it includes the hopeful note that this will contribute significantly towards the government’s 1 billion trees plan. Well, that would be something, wouldn’t it, considering the plan has so far delivered zero trees from 2018 to 2021. Four years and no trees, but today, we get another announcement. And what’s the bet it’ll be like all the other promises from this government.


More climate chaos from Morrison-Joyce merry-go-round

We simply cannot in Australia bear another incapacitating dose of this useless and self-serving government. We can’t afford to keep drifting backward into disaster while the Coalition fights itself to a deeply nutty standstill.


12 months later, another Morrison Government recycling commitment falls flat

Today marks 12 months since the Morrison-Joyce Government promised to modernise regulations aimed at improving Australia’s very poor performance when it comes to the recyclability of plastic packaging. True to form, nothing has happened.


Will Government deliver on global plastic pollution pledge?

Despite Sussan Ley’s address on plastics over the weekend at the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Environment Ministers’ High-Level meeting, it should be noted that the SPREP is the same body the Morrison Government promised to support in 2019 when the Prime Minister made a commitment of $16 million over six years to the Pacific Ocean Litter Project. Yet according to the data available only $837,000 has been advanced so far, with no on-the-ground outcomes, and most of the expended funds paying the salary of one Australian public servant.


Mr Morrison, When are you going to ‘Do the Right Thing’?

While the Morrison-Joyce Government fails to provide national leadership to address the waste crisis, Australians should take every opportunity to support grass-roots campaigns and state/territory government programs that aim to eliminate harmful and unnecessary single-use plastics.


Morrison government all bluster but no action on tackling harmful waste

If you were a free marketeer and you looked at the circumstances worldwide and in Australia when it comes to waste and recycling, you’d run through all of your hankies, having a very bitter weep, because this is a profoundly broken market, where companies produce items according to a linear model, resources get used once, they get turned into things that are often disposed of after very brief use and then they get left in our environment, and the cost falls on all of us.


Government recycling program in crisis

The Morrison Government’s 1 July export ban on mixed plastics is in disarray after industry confirmed that Australia was not ready to reprocess additional plastics from 1 July, which means plastic may go into landfill or be dangerously stockpiled.


Protecting our oceans from plastic

The export ban on 1 July means that up to 75,000 tonnes of low-quality plastic waste will need to be dealt with in Australia. That’s where it should be dealt with. But in the absence of appropriate infrastructure and the absence of end market and end market for recycled material it’s hard to see how that plastic will not be stockpiled or landfilled. And unfortunately those two basic conditions are not met at the moment. We don’t have the infrastructural capacity for the reprocessing of low-quality mixed plastic waste and we certainly don’t have the end market pull-through.

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