‘How long can we go on biting the hand that feeds us, Krebs Lecture, University of Canberra, 24 Feb 2015

I pose the question this evening: how long can we go on biting the hand that feeds us? By that I mean, have we reached the endpoint of drawing down on the earth’s finite resources, whilst at the same time pumping planet-heating pollution into the air?

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Free, compulsory and secular. A review of Taking God to School, May 2014

It says a lot about the secular nature of Australia that Marion Maddox’s important new book Taking God to School has not attracted more attention, or even, as she may have hoped, controversy.

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Interview with Tracey Holmes, ABC News Radio, 31 March 2014

“I’m absolutely over the moon for all those people who wanted to see the charade of scientific whaling cease for once and for all.

“And to have this ruling from the international court, which is absolutely clear and totally comprehensive, vindicates the decision that we took in taking Japan to the court and I think it means, without any shadow of a doubt, that we won’t see the taking of whales in the Southern Ocean in the name of science.”

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International Court of Justice: Whaling in the Antarctic, Australia v Japan, 31 March 2014

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