The carbon tax will add about 10 per cent to the price of gas in Australia from July, but a larger concern for consumers living in Australia’s eastern states should be how, for the first time, international market forces are set to push up domestic gas prices. Gladstone is booming. Proof of the economic health
Concerns about the fairness of the Assange trial in Sweden are mounting. Australian MPs were briefed on the case last year but critical information has not been widely reported, writes Matthew da Silva.
Those parts of the national debate that touch on the regions – mining, tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and transport among them – look set to get a tweak with the establishment of a new think-tank dedicated to regional issues.
Ethical Investor salutes Nathan Fabian, CEO of the Investor Group on Climate Change Australia/New Zealand, for a tough yet rewarding year of high-profile public debate. Fabian won the magazine’s Erik Mather Sustainability Champion Award.
Biochar is still only partially understood but has recieved strong support from some quarters for its ability to combine a means for carbon sequestration with a way to improve soil health. Matthew da Silva reviewed the CSIRO’s scientific tests.
With a background in produce distribution and marketing, Jan Vydra saw an opportunity to consolidate the herb industry and set out to build a business. He has been awarded 2011 Young Farmer of the Year, and plans to expand into IT services. Matthew da Silva reports.
The South East Queensland flood affected huge areas of residential and rural land, including the Gatton operations of vegetable grower Barden Produce. Looses were huge, but staff got the facility up and running again in a week, writes Matthew da Silva
The South East Queensland floods were probably a once-in-100-year event, and delegates with the PMA A-NZ Fresh Connections conference will tour the Lockyer Valley, where the damage was worst.