Rochelle Wong works in Web Communications and enjoys mid-afternoon banter with her computer. She is interested in social justice, digital media, film, photojournalism, the environment, the spectacle of postwar British youth subcultures as a resistance to the establishment, media conglomerate morality and the smell of ink.
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Today’s decision by the House of Representatives to pass the price on pollution package will provide certainty for Australian workers and business. The passage of the Bills is an important step towards Australia’s low carbon future ensuring sustainable industry and jobs creation.
Pesticides are harming the Great Barrier Reef according to a study of water quality in the area. Dangerous levels of pesticides have been found up to 60 kilometres inside the World Heritage area, and threaten coral and sea grass beds. The WWF has called for limiting the use of pesticides including a ban on using Diuron. The report says that practices can be improved in the horticulture industry, but also in the sugar cane industry.
Unions have resolved to campaign in workplaces around Australia to help workers understand how the price on carbon will work, and what it will mean to them. Unions say their explanation will not be sugar-coated but will be explained in a calm rational manner to get the facts straight.
Ross Garnaut has predicted global greenhouse emissions will double by 2030 if adequate action is not taken against climate change. In an update to his 2008 paper ‘Garnaut Climate Change Review’, Garnaut says that China was underestimated in the 2008 forecast, and that China now needs to be re-schematised as a developed nation due to its rapid expansion.
The Tasmanian Government announced it will introduce legislation to ban plastic bags at checkouts. The proposal is a response to growing community concern about the impact of plastic bags on the environment. The new legislation is expected to take effect within 12 months, paving the way for Tasmania to join ranks with South Australia, the ACT and Northern Territory in a plastic bag ban.
Plans for a new park - spanning four marine parks, a new national park and reserves - have not been welcomed by conservationists. The WA State Goverment announced the plans yesterday saying the park in Kimberley would protect whales and marine life. But conservationists say the park won’t offer real protection.
Wilderness Society Executive Director, Alec Marr, has lashed out against members challenging his leadership saying that the media spectacle only damages the public perception of the organisation. Earlier this week, a Supreme Court injunction prevented a meeting of members seeking to replace the leadership. A committee has now been formed to represent more than 100 disgruntled members and will attempt to resolve their issues with the board, issues which centre on Marr’s leadership.
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