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Australia’s worsening fuel security risk – how will you cope?

I wrote this original story about 6 months ago that focused on the liquid fuel security risk report by the NRMA. With the announcement by BP that they will be closing their Brisbane refinery the predictions by NRMA are starting to come true. The closure of the Brisbane refinery reduces Australia’s domestic liquid fuel production […]

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We Are Alone! Climate Change Laws Span The World

There was a great article in Forbes magazine recently called “We Are Not Alone. Climate Change Laws Span The World”. But unfortunately the ‘we’ refers to the US not Australia. In Australia we are alone. And it will put us in a competitive disadvantage. Here’s why. Let’s start with the article. The main gist is […]

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We are the current custodians of our land – would you pay respect to us?

In Australia, when we have formal public events, particularly when a member of parliament is present we pay respect to the original owners of the land. I wonder if the same will be said about us in the future? One guideline for what to say is “I would like to acknowledge the ______ people, the […]

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Energy security in Australia – reasons to be concerned

The reaction of “why didn’t I know that” always amazes me when I mention that Australia currently imports 40% of its oil and by 2030 will be importing around 80% of its oil. It is not mentioned much in the news, or in general discussions about the built environment or our lives but oil security […]

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Australia exports 40% of our water – the globalization of water

Of all the water we use every year in Australia, we export 40% of it overseas in our agriculture exports. The concept of ‘virtual water‘ was born in 2008 to determine how best to use the scarce water available in arid and semi-arid countries. For example, “water-scarce countries like Israel discourage the export of oranges […]

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