The Monthly October 2019 Dealing with sea-level rise when private property is at stake Around 10 years ago, upon retirement, Dr Brett Stevenson started spending less time in Sydney and more in a house he owned in a town 200 kilometres south – the beginnings of the classic Australian sea change. The region he … Continue reading Rising Tide
Griffith Review Edition 52 Imaging the Future - 'Notes from the Frontier' 2016 AROUND SEVEN YEARS ago I found myself in the position where, for the first time, I could consider not just owning my own home but building a new one. I had a piece of land on a mountainside on the south coast … Continue reading Walking on Sunshine
The Griffith Review Edition 32: Wicked Problems, Exquisite Dilemmas 2011 IN mid-afternoon just days after Christmas, finding a park in the small National Heritage town of Central Tilba, on the far South Coast of New South Wales, was proving difficult. Rows of Audis, Prados, the occasional BMW and all kinds of shining new four-wheel drives … Continue reading The dispossessed
New Matilda 11th November 2009 It’s amazing that Sunao Tsuboi survived the atomic bomb blast of 1945 at all — let alone the subsequent years of chronic disease, blood disorders, and two bouts of cancer. Yet he’s made it to the age of 84 possessing a remarkable vitality. When I arrive to interview him on the … Continue reading Japan: Will Obama meet the survivors of Hiroshima?
In 2008 I teamed up with the Greenstone Group, a philanthropic advisory firm who created the Social Investment Guide. Effectively a "giving guide", it's a tool for emerging philanthropists who are looking to invest in social change. The guide features 23 different projects from across Australia - all deemed worthy of funding. We chose 2 … Continue reading The Social Investment Guide
"Guam - The Tip of the Spear" Dateline, SBS Television. 21st May 2008 The tiny pacific island of Guam has been designated as the focal point for the United States military strategy in the Western Pacific; the so called "Tip of the Spear". But with thousands of marines and military hardware about to descend upon … Continue reading Guam – The Tip of the Spear
"Japan's Legal Revolution" Dateline, SBS Television. 7th May 2008 The jury system is something that most Australians, Americans and Britons take for granted. But for the Japanese its introduction into their legal system is something of a revolution that's challenging a culture where "speaking your mind" is not always valued. Proponents hope it will go … Continue reading Japan’s Legal Revolution
"Inner Mongolia - A Land Without Water" Dateline, SBS Television. 13th February 2008 Inner Mongolia is on the front line of climate change. Already one of the driest regions in China, it is now getting progressively drier and the lack of water is forcing entire villages to shut down. People are moving en masse to … Continue reading Inner Mongolia – A Land Without Water