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SHIRE TAKES BOLD LEAP BACKWARD

Shire planning took a brisk and decisive long leap into the past at Monday’s (27 Mar 2017) council meeting, when a councillor move to make planning more accountable, efficient and publicly accessible was firmly quashed. Cr…

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NEW MALCOLM, SAME OLD LAW BREAKING

Bandicoot is quite impressed by PM Turnbull’s new feistiness, his florid waving of fists in the air during Question Time and his confident arms-akimbo pumped-up hydro power proclamations of leadership up in the mountains where…


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BREWERY CASE MIGHT BE BUILT ON SAND

Bandicoots and elephants have, despite their size disparity, one thing in common – their prodigious memories. Thus it was that Bandicoot noted with a strong feeling of deja vu an application for a brewery not…


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WHAT THE FRUCTOSE? BARNABY’S AMOK!

Those of us following with fascinated interest the zany stump-jump zealotry of Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s own Trumpery spruiker, felt moved to stand and applaud his response to suggestions of a sugar tax to deter fizzy…


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THE GREAT TRUMP TRIUMPH

Bandicoot has just read Canadian activist and writer Naomi Klein’s wise-after-the-event article in The Guardian* about how Donald Trump “stole” (Bandicoot’s word) the US Presidency from Hillary Clinton. Klein begins her analysis: “They will blame…


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WASTE FUTURE STREWN WITH DEJA VU

Welcome to the past! Just when the shire was gaining speed on its way to a clean-air clean-technology future, the subject of where to put the peninsula’s rubbish is rearing up again, iceberg-like, in its…


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NEVER MIND MORALITY: IS IT LEGAL?

Cr Celi has no option but to repay, argues David Harrison “It’s a moral question, not a legal one,” Australia’s Chef de Mission in Rio de Janeiro, Kitty Chiller, told reporters on the subject of…