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Mining continues in Sydney’s water catchments

By Suganthi SingarayarMay 6, 20200

Woronora Dam – there is continued concern that coal mining under the reservoir will affect water levels and water quality. Photo: Protect Our Water Alliance

When it comes to coal mining there is ongoing tension between environmental and economic needs. Recent approval of extraction plans for Metropolitan Mine’s longwall panels 305-307, as well as Dendrobium’s application to extend mining, have brought that into focus.

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Jesuit Refugee Service – ‘we need help’

By Suganthi SingarayarApril 30, 20200

Carolina Gottardo, JRS Australia Director, delivering food to the homes of refugees and people seeking asylum in Sydney on the first day of moving the JRS foodbank to a new mobile-delivery system.
Photo: Supplied

The Covid-19 crisis is affecting charities in ways that they have not seen before. Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), which provides services to over 3,000 refugees and asylum seekers a year in its two centres at Parramatta and Westmead, is in urgent need of donations of food, money and volunteers. Continue reading

 
 
 
 
 
 

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25 May 2016

Writing of the Week: Sydney in Autumn

Sydney in Autumn

Stand at Circular Quay just in front of First Fleet Park and survey your surroundings on a beautiful autumn day in Sydney. It’s unusually balmy for this time of year and the crowds are enjoying the weather before the rigours of winter set in.

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Theatre Review The Golden Age

Bathsheb & Francis

5 February 2016

Theatre ReviewThe Golden Age by Louis Nowra

Director Kip Williams

Where Sydney Theatre Company (STC), Wharf 1 Theatre, till February 20

The Golden Age by Louis Nowra is a warm representation of a sad, uneasy and unusual story that starts in Tasmania at the beginning of the Second World War. Two young men, Francis and Peter, on a hiking trip through the Tasmanian wilderness, come across a ragtag group of white people who dress in clothes from the 1800s and speak a dialect of English that is incomprehensible to the young men and to the 21st century audience watching the play. Words like ‘the gloaming’ would resonate with the audience but makes no sense when used with other words and with a word order that the audience is unfamiliar with. Continue reading

 

Coal: Burning Up Australia’s Future

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Globally, coal production and coal power account for 44 percent of carbon emissions annually. Credit: Bigstock

Globally, coal production and coal power account for 44 percent of carbon emissions annually. Credit: Bigstock

SYDNEY, Mar 11 2015 (IPS) – With less than a year to go before the United Nation’s annual climate change meeting scheduled to take place in Paris in November 2015, citizens and civil society groups are pushing their elected leaders to take stock of national commitments to lower carbon emissions in a bid to cap runaway global warming. Continue reading

 Pacific Islanders Take on Australian Coal

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Of 10 million Pacific Islanders, nearly 50 percent live within 1.5 km of the coastline. These communities are at grave risk of numerous climate-related catastrophes from floods and tropical storms to destruction of agricultural lands. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS

Of 10 million Pacific Islanders, nearly 50 percent live within 1.5 km of the coastline. These communities are at grave risk of numerous climate-related catastrophes from floods and tropical storms to destruction of agricultural lands. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS

SYDNEY, Oct 21 2014 (IPS) – The recent blockade of ships entering the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, has brought much-needed attention to the negative impacts of the fossil fuel industry on global climate patterns. But it will take more than a single action to bring the change required to prevent catastrophic levels of climate change. Continue reading

Philippines: Indigenous Oppose Tampakan Copper And Gold Mine

By Suganthi Singarayar

Indigenous opposition to a proposed copper and gold mine in the Philippines is growing, writes Suganthi Singarayar.

On her recent visit to Australia, Sister Mary Francis Anover, National Coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), highlighted the plight of the indigenous people that she and members of her order live and work with in the Philippines. Continue reading

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