Investigate the EPA in WA. #100DaysOfBlogging #Day18

EPA of WA should be under investigationNew South Wales are conducting a Parliamentary Inquiry into the effectiveness and performance of that states Environmental Protection Authority.

The move comes after a string of controversial decisions by the EPA and criticism that it was “more focused on protecting polluting industries than looking after the community and human health”. I’d agree with that assessment and would say it also applies to the EPA here in Western Australia too.

The Environmental Protection Act of 1986, in outlining the functions of the Environmental Protection Authority states as one of it’s key functions, this:

“to coordinate all such activities, whether governmental or otherwise, as are necessary to protect, restore or improve the environment in the State”

In WA they are at best terribly ineffective at their job.

Back in 2006, the transportation of ‘lead carbonate’ for export by Magellan Metals lead to large-scale poisonings in Esperance. Kids had high levels of lead in their bloodstream. Birds literally fell from the sky. Continue reading Investigate the EPA in WA. #100DaysOfBlogging #Day18

75 Ideas to Transform Australia (Response to the IPA)

Interesting to read conservatives at the Institute of Public Affairs suggesting the Liberal National Party coalition needs to ‘be like Gough‘ if they get a full majority of power in both the lower and upper houses of Parliament at the upcoming federal election.

Of course, they don’t mean the LNP should suddenly back-flip and start actually supporting free education and healthcare for Australian citizens or any of the many other positive, progressive policies brought about during the brief Whitlam era. Instead they only encourage transforming the country with the same speed and vigour Whitlam did, but this time to the detriment of the average tax payer, for the benefit of the super rich.

You can see the full list of 75 suggested changes on their website, but I will share a few of those I think clearly represent the dangers of current extremist policy trend among ‘conservative’ circles in Australia.

  • Close Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
  • Halt construction of the National Broadband Network
  • Privatise Australia Post
  • Privatise CSIRO
  • Privatise Medibank
  • Privatise SBS
  • Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme
  • Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport
  • Repeal the Fair Work Act Continue reading 75 Ideas to Transform Australia (Response to the IPA)

I (tentatively) Support Teaching Economics in Australian Schools

Today I read an article by Timothy McDonald about debate around proposals to teach basic economics to primary school students in years five and six.

I was intrigued by the article, as I have been self-educating in the field of Economics and am left wondering how I, a clever student, finished my schooling with out ever having to obtain any serious knowledge of economics.

It is a wonderful idea to teach Australian primary school students the basics of economics. I fully support that. But the question is who will decide what we teach them? Continue reading I (tentatively) Support Teaching Economics in Australian Schools