Australian shareholders should be told of climate risk to profits, says think tank

Triple J did the right thing: we need a new Australia Day – Henry Reynolds in The Conversation

Banks warned of ‘regulatory action’ as climate change bites global economy – the Guardian

Why South Australia must, and will, lead world on renewables – RenewEconomy

Stephen Hawkings promotes smart drugs – Jon Stewart in Forbes magazine 

Behrouz Boochani exposed Australia’s evil on Manus. The shame will outlive us all | Richard Flanagan – the Guardian.

“The cost of living is soaring: look at electricity prices for example.”  That’s a common belief, held by many people struggling to make ends meet, but Ross Gittins reminds us that the source of the struggle is low wage growth, not inflation (The real reason you’re feeling the pinch, Fairfax press 20 Nov).  Low wage growth and low inflation are both attributable, in large part, to intense competition and technological change.

Marrying across Australia’s Catholic-Protestant divide in the old days – the Conversation

South Australia’s Royal Commission into water theft may be just the tip of iceberg for the Murray Darling Basin – Jamie Pittock in the Conversation.


John Laurence Menadue is the publisher of Pearls & Irritations. He has had a distinguished career both in the private sector and in the Public Service.

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