Author Archive | jennifer

John Quiggin’s Publications

Following my blog post of 26th April (Australia’s Highest Paid Blogger) John Quiggin has written to me asking that the following information be provided by way of clarification with respect to the paragraph in that blog post starting “Quiggin’s University home page gives a list of his submissions, newspaper articles, conference and …”. “The project […]

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The Hunter’s Legacy

Greenpeace co-founder and its first President Bob Hunter died yesterday aged 63 following a battle with prostate cancer. Hunter was a journalist by training. He wanted to stop whaling and nuclear testing and in many ways succeeded with his brand new environment group Greenpeace where others had failed. He wanted to “affect the attitude of […]

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Interests versus Propaganda

“The reality is that all scientists have personal ideologies, motivations and goals – all of which can potentially introduce bias into research. Scientific work should be evaluated on its merits, not on ‘conflicts of interest’ that may or may not exist,” wrote Elizabeth Whelan recently in Spiked Online. Playing the card of ‘conflict of interest’ […]

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Back from Extinction!

I was rather excited to read this morning that a woodpecker considered extinct since 1944 has been rediscovered. The story is at ABC Online. According to Cornell University ornithologist Tim Gallagher, “Its like a funeral shroud has been pulled back, giving us a glimpse of a living bird, rising Lazarus-like from the grave.” I just […]

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What do Geologists know about Climate?

After Michael Duffy interviewed Prof Bob Carter on climate change on his ABC radio program Counterpoint, there was comment on at least one web-blog site. John Quiggin wrote: “It would be more accurate to describe Carter as a prominent research geologist with a personal interest in the issue of climate change, and a strongly-held view […]

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Counting Coral Trout

It was the WWF Save the Reef Campaign that really developed my interest in environmental campaigns and through my public criticism of the same I have meet some wonderful characters. Dr Walter Stark grew up in the Florida Keys and was awarded his PhD at the University of Miami the year after I was born […]

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Australia’s Highest Paid Blogger

Last week, sociologist and blogger Mark Bahnisch made the comment that “blogging reflects not just a broader decline in civility, but something about the very nature of political discourse – it’s not about getting to the truth but about swaying others through means fair and foul.” But surely blogging can be about honest discussion and […]

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Anzac Day & the Man from Snowy River

Noeline Franklin (High Country crusader and member of the Miles Franklin family) emailed that today we might also remember the horses that went to war. About 160,000 horses from Australia went to WWI. Australia’s mounted soldiers included stockmen from the High Country – mostly volunteers who took their own horses. The story goes, that at […]

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