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People saw lockdown as the great impost. Perhaps there were benefits.

Hideous barriers are mooted for the Surf Coast Highway. Government is spending BILLIONS making our countryside ugly. This latest nanny state behaviour would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic.

Geelong Advertiser, Wednesday April 10

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Surf & Turf, Geelong Advertiser, February 9, 2019

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Surf & Turf, Geelong Advertiser, February 2, 2019

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I wrote this piece more than a year ago, just before the Australian Government shut the concentration camp on Manus Island. The UNHCR credited this piece with changing federal policy on the handling of the camp closure and led to a previously unplanned “transition period” for the 900 men there. Once this piece was splashed on the front of The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, with an accompanying editorial written by Sunday Editor Duska Sulicich, it featured on Insiders on the ABC and the issue was referenced by three politicians in parliament the following week.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/trash-left-in-limbo-fears-for-refugees-on-manus-after-detention-centre-closes-20170810-gxtjjd.html

That said, NOTHING has actually changed for those men on the island and they still live in limbo, still tortured by the Australian government.

I wrote this opinion piece about Darryn Lyons for The Age recently and it was an interesting exercise to say the least. Had some incredibly positive feedback but also plenty saying I was too cruel. Irrespective, it’s out in the public domain now and I thought I’d post it here for posterity.

Enoy!

Lyons on the loose

Thanks to Yes2Renewables for sharing this story about Surf Coast Shire’s environmental leadership. Big thanks to Kate Sullivan and the environment team for being champions – generally. All the time.

The Surf Coast Shire Council has urged the Andrews government to lift the level of ambition for the Victorian Renewable Energy Targets.

In its Renewable Energy Roadmap, the government committed to implement Victorian Renewable Energy Targets for 2020 and 2025–including the baseline target of at least 20 per cent renewable by 2020.

The Surf Coast Shire Council has joined Yes 2 Renewables in a call for a greater level of ambition.

“The Victorian Government’s target of 20 per cent by 2020, while positive, is below the current South Australian energy generation of 36 per cent from renewables and the ACT’s target, which aims for 90 per cent of energy generation from renewables by 2020,” said the council in an official statement.

Acting Mayor Cr Eve Fisher says there’s strong community support for renewable energy in the region.

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“We represent an environmentally conscious community…

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Source: Welcome green shoots come from state govt renewable energy plans

I’ve just spent time in Portugal and Switzerland researching drug decriminalisation. I was lucky to tag along with Australian Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale on his quest to discover approaching to drug treatment abroad. I wrote this opinion piece for the Geelong Advertiser.

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