News from the Front Desk

Björn Öberg affordable housing housing crisis

On why we must continue to be vocal on affordable housing

News from the front desk – Issue No 398: “Affordable, safe and sustainable” are three words we hear tossed about a lot in the housing discussion. But it’s hard not to sound like the kid in the backseat asking, “Are we there yet? How long till we get there?”


On why we’ve had enough of greenwash and plastic

News from the front desk: No 395 – Plastic is no longer fantastic – because it’s now creating a serious ecological burden that no one can ignore. The major supermarkets have…

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On why it’s time to pause and re-visit the country, sustainably

News from the front desk: No 394 When the town of Wangaratta in Victoria experienced an inundation of mature seed heads of a native plant nicknamed “hairy panic” in 2016, the images of homes buried up the eaves in the stuff went viral around the globe.

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Shutting down journalism and how dangerous that is

The danse macabre of our Parliament took another sinister turn this week, with the Espionage and Foreign Interference Bill 2017 and Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2017 hitting the debating floor.

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On why waste is the next front

News from the from desk #391:Waste has been looming large on the horizon. Blame those graphic pictures of oceans choking in plastic. Blame those even more horrid images of birds and other sea creatures with their stomachs cut open to reveal plastic and more plastic.  

On why we need generosity of spirit to save the planet for all

News from the front desk #389: How depressing it would be to live on $17 a day after accommodation expenses, in not very salubrious housing at that. To be newly married and need to live in a room in a share house, to not afford to buy anything beyond the cheapest groceries and never new clothes or a holiday. 

On NSW marching to the beat of developer drums

Two NSW government decisions made this month show just how much power the development industry has to influence the very form and function of our cities – for its own benefit.