Category Archives: Social commentary

CSG – When town came to Brad Hazzard (Lismore)

I’ve just read a couple of media reports about last Wednesday’s Brad Hazzard Lismore SRLUP* gathering. What a complete misrepresentation of the meeting! Continue reading

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Edible oils

Why is our food supply becoming increasingly tampered with? Why are the regulatory bodies – whose job it is to safeguard the public from dangerous food items – actually endorsing them while demonising traditional food that has been used for centuries? Continue reading

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CSG Bull*&^% Detection 101

I’ve got so much use out of the term “legitimating story”, that I realised I’d really like to know terms for other ways in which media, miners or politicians try to frame people’s opinions.  So I went hunting…

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Pollies’ survival guide: avoiding difficult questions

Watching pollies and company spokespeople operate at CSG-related “community consultations” and “forums” (fora?) is such an education.  After only a few events, I feel qualified to offer this 10-point guide for aspiring pollies and spokespeople.

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CSG – When Brad Hazzard came to town (Casino)

On Thursday April 19, Brad Hazzard, the NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, came to Casino for what was billed as a “forum”. Continue reading

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2012 The Mayan Word

My reasons for choosing to unplug from a disempowering, resource-hungry system, live more in harmony with nature (my own included), and be responsible for my own wellbeing are still valid two and a half years on since moving to The Creek. Continue reading

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The “Legitimating Story”

I recently stumbled on a very useful term: the “legitimating story”.  Nerd that I am, I got all excited, because here is a phrase that – in two lonely words – goes a long way towards articulating a technique of … Continue reading

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More on Arrow paying for police at Kerry

There’s been a fair bit of discussion surrounding the whole Arrow-paying-the-police arrangement. Continue reading

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Arrow paying for police: the legals

This is what the actual legislation (according to Austlii ) and police force policies (according to Qld and NSW police force documents) say about arrangements such as the one where Arrow paid police officers to be present at the community blockade site in Kerry. Continue reading

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Has Arrow Energy bought the Qld police force?

Last week, a rather chatty police officer told me something that I found quite shocking. Continue reading

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