• Guess who got a cattle station for Christmas

    Max Thomas     |      January 12, 2017

    The Australian government has recently approved a bid from mining magnate Gina Rinehart and a Chinese partner to buy the cattle empire S. Kidman & Co. Max Thomas voices his concerns.

  • On Coal Seam Gas fracking

    Max Thomas     |      October 28, 2016

    Senator for Queensland and co-deputy Leader of the Australian Greens, Larissa Waters, has recently called to ban coal seam gas (CSG) fracking. After spending many years working for the environment, Max Thomas believes that the time for protest has passed and we need rational, evidence-based action.

  • Popping the marriage question

    Max Thomas     |      October 18, 2016

    The same-sex marriage debate is ongoing in Australia, with the Federal Opposition recently announcing that it won’t back a plebiscite on the issue. Max Thomas argues that the community now has an opportunity and obligation to confront the questions politicians seem unable or unwilling to ask.

  • Weathering the political storm

    Max Thomas     |      October 6, 2016

    Recent wild and stormy weather caused widespread power outages in South Australia. Max Thomas comments on the ensuing political storm from both sides of the renewables debate.

  • Powerless without glory

    Max Thomas     |      September 26, 2016

    It has been reported over the weekend that the closure of the Victoria’s Hazelwood plant in the Latrobe Valley may be imminent. Max Thomas is concerned about the future of a region that has been left with gaping holes – not only in the ground, but also in its socio-economic fabric.

  • Great Barrier Reef: Springvale Station purchase

    Max Thomas     |      July 1, 2016

    Environment groups and scientists have hailed the Queensland Government’s recent move to buy a cattle station south of Cooktown as a victory for reef conservation. Max Thomas questions whether the purchase serves a well-planned purpose beyond a mere political one.

  • The future of farming

    Max Thomas     |      May 27, 2016

    A recent article discussed the ‘real cost of milk’ in terms of environmental impact and animal welfare. Max Thomas however suggests that there is a need for informed thought and not simple dogma.

  • A view of the Gippsland Lakes

    Max Thomas     |      April 12, 2016

    Are we failing to protect the natural world? Max Thomas says we need to understand that the value of life and the natural systems is priceless.

  • What’s the right use of desalinated water?

    Max Thomas     |      March 14, 2016

    Stephen Gray, Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Innovation at Victoria University, recently wrote that Melbourne's desalination plant would play a vital role in providing water in a drying climate. Max Thomas says we should be careful to not promote a wasteful consumption of desalinated water and instead encourage a sustainable water use culture.

  • Samarco mine disaster in Brazil: the tragedy of the commons at work

    Max Thomas     |      November 13, 2015

    The recent collapse of a dam in Brazil killed 11 people with a dozen still missing. Max Thomas says disasters like this will keep occurring while the desire for more of everything as cheap as possible exists.

  • Political climate change

    Max Thomas     |      October 1, 2015

    Will Malcolm Turnbull have the political courage and skill to break our bond with carbon? Max Thomas on climate change, economics and old jokes.

  • My vision for Australia – a Fair Go for all

    Max Thomas     |      May 4, 2015

    Do we need constitutional change? Max Thomas says the existing arrangements that served us well in the past are not well suited to our position in the contemporary world.