Twenty seven candidates belonging to 13 political parties will appear on the ACT Senate voting paper on September 7. An enthusiastic crowd of about 400 Canberrans filled the Albert Hall on Wednesday evening for a Senate candidates forum organized by a group of volunteers from the activist community group GetUp! The event was chaired by ABC radio personality Genevieve Jacobs who had already interviewed a number of the ten participating candidates on her radio show.
This was comfortable territory for the Greens candidate, Simon Sheikh, who was a former national director of GetUp! It was nevertheless surprising that Sheikh’s main rival for the second Canberra Senate seat, Zed Seselja, failed to make an appearance and did not even reply to his invitation.
With ten outspoken candidates on the podium, the pace was fast and furious. Each candidate began with a three-minute pitch for their party and candidates were then exposed to questions which had been submitted by email from audience members prior to the forum. Specific candidates chosen by the MC were given a minute in which to respond.
Several of the single issue party representatives made it clear that they did not expect to be elected, but were using the Senate race to heighten community focus on their topic and that what was important was to note the allocation of their preferences. A table of all of the official preferences for each of the 13 parties was distributed to the audience and it was noted that the Liberals are preferencing the Greens last on their list, while the ALP is preferencing them first after their own two candidates.
Catalyst has put together a fantastic explanation of the relationship between climate change and wild weather. This program succinctly and simply explains how increased global temperatures due to CO2 emissions causes floods, blizzards, droughts, heatwaves and increased wild weather events.
I thoroughly recommend taking the 15 minutes or so to watch this episode on iView before it disappears in 8 days.
If this is the reality of a global temperature rise in 0.8 degrees, how will we live with the predicted 2 to 5 degree rise?
Double glazed units are also known as Insulated Glass Units (IGU). They are just as important to your home as the batts in your walls and ceiling. They mainly insulate your home against heat loss and with a change to the glass makeup can reduce heat coming into your home.
Standard double glazing will not stop the sun coming in during winter. This is one of the most commonly asked questions from our clients. You need the sun to come into your home so that you can benefit from the free heating. Double glazing lets it in and then traps it in the home.
A friend who commutes to Queanbeyan suggested it: activate the Kingston-Queanbeyan line as a commuter link, with appropriate buses at either end for forward journeys.
Surely this idea has a certain irresistible logic: the line is already there.
How much could it cost to run this as an experiment in peak hours, with costs and benefits measured to see if it should continue or extend hours?
So much taxpayer money is spent on reports and consultants, so why couldn't a percentage be dedicated to experimentation with actual pilots of transport solutions?
Such a link could easily evolve into light rail, to link up with the proposed light rail routes for the ACT that go to Kingston.
Join Richard Denniss at the launch of Anna Rose's new book Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic this Thursday!
Where: Paperchain Bookstore Manuka
Address: 34 Franklin St Manuka
When: 5.45 for 6pm, Thursday 10 May
Moderated by Simon Sheikh from GetUp
You may have seen Anna Rose taking on former Senator Nick Minchin recently in the ABC documentary 'I Can Change Your Mind about Climate' and the following special episode of Q&A with Tony Jones.
With the ACT Government pushing for sustainable energy provision, how do we plan more sustainably and what could be the near future? Speakers will cover the ACT Vision, power generation connection, sustainable planning and Hydrogen Fuel Cells.
Please join the Australian Institute of Energy on 22 May to hear a few thoughts on these issues from the Government, Infrastructure, Planning and Technology side during this exciting time.
Presentations will commence at 3.45 pm and conclude with Questions at 5.00 pm.
The Build a Smarter Canberra strategy has been developed in a collaborative partnership between SEE-Change, Canberra Loves 40% Canberra Environment Centre and the Conservation Council. BBQ food will be provided (free of charge) along with live local music. Please be sure to RSVP through our Eventbrite page.
On the 25th of February SEE-Change members new and old met to discuss our progress so far and where we should be headed. We also discussed the role of the executive officer, examined our funding models, and identified new activities that could improve SEE-Change's presence in the Canberra community. It was an excellent opportunity to pull-back and take a look at the overall operation of the SEE-Change organisation.
A summary of that conversation is attached, and we'd love to get your feedback on the ideas we discussed, particularly the recommendations section.