• Battery blues

    Max Thomas     |      July 18, 2023

    Electric vehicles are slowly becoming more common on the nation’s roads, but ideologically appealing developments can easily produce more intractable problems than the technologies they replace.

  • Another way of hearing “The Voice”

    Max Thomas     |      June 24, 2023

    The proposed referendum on an indigenous ‘Voice to Parliament’ has generated a great deal of debate, with passions rising on both sides.

  • Melbourne’s wildlife battlefield

    Max Thomas     |      March 2, 2023

    The 30,000 strong flying fox colony on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne offers an interesting case study on the difficulties of managing wildlife in urban settings.

  • Indigenous people are human too!

    Max Thomas     |      January 30, 2023

    The present struggle for power and influence on all sides in relation to “The Voice to Parliament” attests to the fact of our common humanity.

  • Playing politics with food

    Max Thomas     |      January 6, 2023

    Environmental evangelists would do well to consider the disastrous “Holodomor“ that caused mass starvation and extreme poverty in the Ukraine during the 1930s.

  • Questions remain over electric vehicles

    Max Thomas     |      November 23, 2022

    The current excitement over electric vehicles looks like a classic case of putting the cart in front of the horse, and when there’s much excitement about the destination without knowing how to get there, it’s easy to end up on the wrong track.

  • Cultural burning

    Max Thomas     |      November 3, 2022

    Advocates of the practice of “cultural burning” fail to acknowledge the potential health effects of particulates generated by such “cool burns”.

  • Last stand of the Karaaf wetland?

    Max Thomas     |      October 28, 2022

    The Karaaf Wetlands on Victoria’s Surf Coast looks like an untouched oasis with its kangaroos, wallabies, and birds that migrate to it from Japan and China, however it is under threat as the town of Torquay grapples with a population boom and our endless hunger for development.

  • What kind of voice to Parliament?

    Max Thomas     |      October 3, 2022

    The government’s pledge to hold a referendum on an indigenous ‘voice to Parliament’ has been well received, but a number of issues remain to be resolved before the vote takes place.

  • Thank you Queen Elizabeth

    Max Thomas     |      September 10, 2022

    The passing of Queen Elizabeth has reignited republican calls for Australia to sever links with the crown, and although the monarchy remains a bulwark against ambitious politicians, there are possibilities for reform.

  • Storm in a brickworks

    Max Thomas     |      July 29, 2022

    Strategies to deal with storm water runoff need careful planning, exemplified by the furore around the Burwood brickworks development stormwater system.

  • Gas flows under pressure

    Max Thomas     |      July 23, 2022

    The Australian Greens don’t yet seem to grasp that effective environmental stewardship depends on corresponding progress in justice, public health, education, trade, security, indigenous and international relations, social and economic wellbeing.