Cecily McNeill | 30 April 2017
The dirtiest coal power station in the developed world shut down last month as Australia grapples with the need for electricity and an apparent perception (at least in government circles) that saving the planet is optional.
Hazelwood in Victoria has stopped its turbines, but the debate rages over a new mega-coal mine, the Adani Carmichael mine in Queensland, set to be the biggest in the world. Meanwhile, renewable energy guru Elon Musk has offered to sell the batteries that would open the door to enough renewables to run the country.
Cecily McNeill | 31 May 2017
Pope Francis has again rocked the world with his ability to speak to the heart of every creature. Last month he became the first pope to give a TED talk. His talk which was beamed from the Vatican to a live audience in Vancouver, Canada, brought the people to their feet.
Cecily McNeill | 30 June 2017
While pondering the issues in our planet this month, two stories particularly caught my eye. One is that of a Syrian violinist, Alaa Arsheed, who looks at his shattered, wartorn world through an artist’s eye, using his talent to turn his apparently hopeless situation around. The other story is about those who buy shares in a company then challenge the company’s unjust practices at board level.
Frank Brennan | 31 August 2017
What possessed Filippo Grandi, the relatively new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to go public last week, having a go at Australia for our government’s treatment of unvisaed asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat? He repeated UNHCR’s demand that Australia terminate offshore processing of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island and that we not outsource our responsibilities to others, writes Frank Brennan for Eureka Street
| 31 August 2017
The NSW government has allocated $2.2 million to Catholic schools to help fund the provision of intensive English language classes for newly arrived refugee students from war-torn Syria and Iraq, reports Catholic Education Commission NSW.