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Our Political Parties

Political Parties Political Parties are central to an understanding of how Australian politics works.  The parties dominate state and federal parliaments, provide all governments and oppositions, and frame the nature of political debate. The ALP is Australia’s oldest political party, formed in 1890.  The only party to have been continuously represented in the House of … Continue reading

The Trip – First Leg to The Isa

Hi I’m Gus the wonder dog, writing about – “the trip” – Bundaberg to Perth with Ross Clarke & Peter Durrant.  This will be in a couple of postings as the trip proceeds and Peter or Ross gives me access to their computers. Peter, who I hadn’t met before, started in Perth at 04:00 on … Continue reading

The Finale for Economic Renewal

When to Do ER The timing of your Economic Renewal effort is crucial to its success. Choosing the right time to start requires intuition and a knowledge of the inner workings of the community. In general, though, a community is probably ready to work toward bettering itself when one or more of the following conditions … Continue reading

Eight Steps to Economic Renewal

Economic Renewal is a process by which community residents from all walks of life work together to find and develop projects to strengthen their community and its economy. With the exception of the first preparatory step, it’s a series of town meetings, each designed to build on the results of the previous session. At first, … Continue reading

Nine Tools of Economic Renewal

The preceding four principles are the foundation of a smart community’s development efforts–they offer a framework for thinking about how to approach development sustainably. But case studies of successful community development efforts compiled by Rocky Mountain Institute reveal a number of other specific tools you can employ as your community considers ways to strengthen itself. … Continue reading

Four Principles of Economic Renewal

Think, for a moment, about the economy of your community. What makes it work? In many ways a local economy is like a bucket that the community would like to keep full. However, economic buckets invariably have holes in them. Every time someone buys something from outside the community, dollars leak out. To balance the … Continue reading

RMI’s Economic Renewal Program

I have been a student of Small Town Economics for some time, ever since I ran the Town of Leinster, became a Councillor on the Shire of Leonora, sat on the Board of the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission and in 1997 spent time on a Committee for the State Planning Strategy. The State Planning Strategy … Continue reading

So this was Christmas

To plagiarise John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” So this was Christmas And what have you done – Pete Another year over And a new one just begun Christmas is over for 2011 and now it’s New Year’s Eve leading right on to 2012 – 42 years since I joined the Navy and commenced … Continue reading

A Waifs kinda morning

Funny how music brings out emotion. Whilst walking – I select different music as my fancy takes me and sometimes by circumstance the selection lands on something specific. Yesterday it just happened to be the Waifs. The previous night while watching the sun setting over the Indian Ocean at the Sunset Bar, a Waifs song … Continue reading