My second three-year contract with the Melbourne-based Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) ended with the financial year and is not being renewed.
I learnt a lot during the six years – especially early on with Andrew McIntyre teaching me how to write opinion (without reference to endnotes or footnotes) and Mike Nahan was always enthusiastic and supportive of my endeavours to understand the real state of the Murray River environment.
I had great hopes for the planned collaboration between the IPA and University of Queensland on evidence-based environmentalism but the University proved too timid and conservative – at least for me.
I have also left the Australian Environment Foundation (AEF) Executive. My five years with the organisation was always challenging and at times very rewarding. I gave the organisation a lot, and it is now time to move on. I am proud of my efforts in getting the petition and e-postcard website up and functioning. Every conference was also lots of work, but the speakers and delegates never disappointed. I wish Alex Stuart all the best as he takes over as Acting Chair.
I am going to have to find a new job, or perhaps start a small business (If anyone is interested in antique Asian pottery I have a collection for sale.). But I am giving myself some time while I ponder, to continuing writing my first work of fiction – a dystopian fiction based in a remote Indonesian fishing village. Ron Manners will be pleased to know that ‘The Art of Fiction’ by Ayn Rand is a source of reference and inspiration.
This blog will continue to provide an opportunity for me to share ideas including with those who never agree with me, discuss radical new theories and occasionally even break news. The plot in my dystopian fiction revolves around an environmental campaign that spins out of control. In an attempt to better understand motivations I started posting the series ‘Defining the Greens’. A reader (Larry) subsequently suggested I begin a series ‘Defining the Sceptics’ and this has proven as interesting.
I will continue to write my fortnightly column for The Land. This Thursday it’s on solar power.
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The picture shows Jennifer with Richard A. Epstein (immediate right) and Garry Johns (far right of picture) at an IPA – UQ function in Brisbane in August 2004.