Last week was the fiftieth anniversary of the first Green Ban in Sydney. In this piece for City Hub, I reflect on the Green Ban period and report on this week's events at 'Willow Grove' Parramatta, the site of the most recent Green Ban.
№ 3 in Wading through greenwashing
Bingo still polluting Sydney's West - and how a previous audit revealed landfill problems
The NSW EPA ordered Bingo Industries to install a gas plant to remove unhealthy hydrogen sulphide odours. Two gas flares were lit but the odours continue. Western Sydney residents, backed by local Labor MPs, are calling on the EPA to close the plant down. In this blog post, I reveal long term weaknesses in the landfill's environmental record, management and regulation.
Thirty years on: How well has Australian media covered deaths in custody?
Last month, the failure of Australian governments to implement the 339 recommendations of the 1991 Royal commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody report was a major story in parts of the Australian media. This failure should be no surprise because by 1995, the implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations for change was already described as a 'tragic farce'. In this post, I explore the media's contribution to that failure and signs of both hope and concern thirty years after the Royal Commission.
№ 2 in Wading through greenwashing
EPA takes action on Bingo - but will it be enough?
Bingo Industries is still causing terrible odours in Western Sydney. The EPA has not used its powers to shut the site down but has restricted Bingo's landfill licence and ordered it to install a gas burning plant. Local MPs, Blacktown Council and residents say they won't stop campaigning until the odours are gone for good.
№ 1 in Wading through greenwashing
Ex-CEO of NSW EPA on board of polluting waste giant Bingo
Bingo has passed its deadline for cleaning up terrible odours affecting thousands of residents in Western Sydney.
Imagining an Independent Inquiry into Federal Attorney General Christian Porter
Porter denies a rape allegation but does this really settle the question of his fitness for the office of Australia's first law officer?
№ 17 in Public Land is Our Land
Clues to the missing trust in Greater Sydney Parklands
Behind the Greater Sydney Parklands spin - part one
№ 11 in Packer’s Sydney Casino
Casino gift turns nightmare
Stokes gives Star casino go ahead while Packer investigation begins
What did Edward Yap have to offer and why is icare paying for it?
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet's policy advisor was on icare's payroll for 2 years. What does Edward Yao have to offer, and why did icare pay for it?
Jack Mundey was an Australian hero who saved Sydney from the bulldozers and shaped a generation of activists
Through his pioneering role in the green bans movement, the union leader made environmental concerns mainstream