ON THE REACH OF CONNECTION

The Covid – 19 pandemic has forced me to reflect on many things, of the sanctity and fragility of human life, of its entanglement with economic activity, of the role of science, and, most of all, connection, the substrate that links them all together. In its Latin origin the word means to bind, and that’s…
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ON SCIENCE AND OTHER REALITY

We are in the Age of Science. The human brain is pushing knowledge further and further into the abyssal dark of the unknown. The prominence of science has never reached such heights. It reigns as the dominant cultural entity, the most exciting hero of the human struggle, eclipsing the high arts, literature and religion, endeavours…
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ON REVERENCE

Few would argue that the human condition is bereft of reverence. But in practice these days it would seem so at times. The infectious irony and scepticism of the postmodernist age have tended to unsettle our culture. Even if, as some people claim, we have moved on and postmodernism is dead, it rules us from…
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On Nuclear

Most of inland Australia is gripped by one of the worst droughts the country has experienced, certainly since European settlement began 230 years ago. The world’s oldest landmass has always been prone to long dry periods, but what is new is that Australia now has a population of over 25 million that needs to be…
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Bushfires and satellites

Australia’s apparent lack of preparation to confront the ongoing bushfire crisis seems shortsighted; the next time they flare up, as inevitably they will, it would be unconscionable. As reported this week, our bushfires are happening three times more often than a century ago, while over the same period the country’s population has increased five times. Why…
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nuclear plant; mining

INTERNATIONAL URANIUM CONFERENCE – TONY’S KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MINING AND METALLURGY INTERNATIONAL URANIUM CONFERENCE ADELAIDE, JUNE 4/19 Australia is a treasure trove, a vast Aladdin’s cave of energy resources, virtually unique in the world. We have huge deposits of petroleum and coal and the world’s largest uranium resources. With the production of about 7000 tonnes last year, Australia ranks third…
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A QUESTION OF LOYALTY

Like water for fish, loyalty is a medium human need to survive. It surrounds the base of evolutionary imperative, forming an invisible shield for children and clan in the struggle against the slings and arrows of the world. It affords security to the sense of belonging and links the soul to the familiarity of place….
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Arnhemland escarpment

 IN THE LAND

He was big, big and noticeable, a tree among bushes.  They called him Big Bill. Fellow Aboriginals looked up to him, and so did whitefellas, for he was the chief tribal elder of the Bunitj clan which looked after the land in and around Kakadu National Park, the world-famous conservation he had helped create. His…
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Silk Road map

ENCOUNTER ON THE SILK ROAD

Our minivan turned away from the Heavenly Mountains, rising red and naked out of the barren steppe, into Xinjiang’s Kyzyl valley, a desiccated otherworldly domain for ascetics. Our purpose was to visit the Buddhist caves and their ancient frescoes. A tentative branch of the Tarim River gave life to a blanket of vegetation on the valley…
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ON THE ASSAULT ON TRUST

Trust is the force that breaks the chains of fear. It frees us to connect with others, to co-operate, to love, to release compassion, to realize our best potential. Functioning like DNA as it were, it’s an instructor in forming the building blocks of human relations. In its highest state it aids in the creation…
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