About 500 heavy polluting companies will pay a $23 per tonne carbon price from July 1 next year, under a plan unveiled by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Affected businesses and workers will be helped, with $9.2 billion worth of assistance over three years. Low income households will also be compensated with a rise in the tax free threshold, from $6,000 to $18,000, and up to $338 per year extra for single pensioners. But will be compensation be enough and will the carbon price be effective in cutting Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions?
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The story of colonial surveyor and explorer John Helder Wedge, one of the forgotten founders of Melbourne.
Wedge arrived in Van Diemens Land with his brother in 1824, and went on to map some of the most isolated regions of contemporary Tasmania. Later he became involved, along with John Batman and fellow entrepreneurs, in the claim to the Port Phillip area, later the settlement of Melbourne. A fervent Anglican, Wedge helped fashion Batman’s famous treaty with local Aboriginal clans of Port Phillip Bay. He had witnessed and documented the treatment of Tasmania’s Indigenous population — something he did not want to see repeated in the settlement on the mainland.
A member of the Royal Geographic society, Wedge, like many of his 19th century contemporaries, was a curious and keen collector of Aboriginal material culture. These artefacts included some spears and clubs, which may have come to Wedge through his association with the escaped convict William Buckley, who lived with the Aboriginal people along the western coastline of Victoria for more than thirty years.
Wedge sent most of his collection of Aboriginal artefacts back to his father in Britain, and they ended up in small museum in the market town of Saffron Walden.
A number of these artefacts are in a permanent exhibition which has opened in the new Landmarks Gallery at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
Historian, Monash University (http://arts.monash.edu.au/history/staff/battwood.php)
Historian, University of Newcastle (http://www.newcastle.edu.au/staff/profile/lyndall.ryan.html)
Senior Curator, National Museum of Australia
Further Information: National Museum of Australia (http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/landmarks/)
John Helder Wedge’s Field Book (http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/our-collections/treasures-curios/wedge-field-book)
The State Library of Victoria has digitised John Helder Wedge’s Field Book, includes an introduction to the book.
They are among the most loved, or most feared, villains in science fiction. But what is it that makes Daleks such great baddies? What constitutes evil and why do the Daleks represent a very specific idea about rationality and morality? This week, we talk to a philosopher about what the Daleks have to tell us - in their mechanical, screechy voices - about who we are.
Director of Studies - Politics
Homerton College & Fellow St Edmund’s College
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
How did the notion of common sense become tied up with political populism and our modern form of democracy. We need to go back to post revolutionary Europe and America to find the answer.
What’s behind another set of low opinion polls for Labor and Prime Minister Julia Gillard? And why is she getting tough on the unemployed?
Commodities, capitalism and computers. At a time when the Berlin Wall has fallen but Wall Street is decidedly shaky, a self-described lapsed Marxist takes us through some of the key philosophical and practical ideas of Karl Marx and argues for what is still useful today. What is worth keeping in Marx? He had his limitations but later thinkers have built on his core concepts and used his methods to produce results that still speak to the changing nature of work in contemporary Australia. From http://www.abc.net.au/rn/philosopherszone/stories/2009/2713782.htm