The Ryan Independent

Commentary on global, federal, state and local issues from Brisbane's western suburbs

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Sunday morning miscellany.

November 4th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

For a change, this morning I’ll comment just in brief on four items from this morning’s media: 1. Labor first-home buyer tax breaks. In its version of the Government’s first-time home-buyer scheme, Labor also takes an unimaginative and not very effective path. Houses will not be made more affordable by policies that bid up house [...]

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Local telecommuting.

November 2nd, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Australia’s cities struggle with traffic congestion, with Brisbane’s western corridor clearly coping badly. Everyone has an awareness that trundling into town in 1,500 kg of steel, with no passengers, using an expensive liquid whose price is increasing and supply is insecure, is not very sensible. This is before we even touch the issue of greenhouse [...]

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The tide has turned on balancing economy and environment.

October 31st, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Last night’s Candidates Forum organised by Sustainable Jamboree saw all Ryan’s candidates attend (except Neville Solomon of the CEC), together with some of the candidates from Oxley, two sitting Senators and one Senate candidate. All the responses will be available as video on the web, via YouDecide2007, so you can be a virtual audience member [...]

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The largest part of Ryan never votes!

October 21st, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

By far the largest part of the Ryan Electorate doesn’t vote. No, I’m not referring to people, but the 28,500 hectares of the Brisbane Forest Park, including its National Parks, the recently established SEQWater Nature Refuge, and adjoining state and council lands. The area comprises an extraordinary range of forest and vegetation types, significant biodiversity [...]

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A Western Suburbs Elevated Busway

October 17th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Posts

The elevated section of the Harbor Freeway in Los Angeles shown here is a design we could emulate in the Western suburbs. It has four lanes for high-occupancy vehicles. We should investigate building an elevated busway along the Western Freeway and Centenary Highway, with feeders from suburbs along the route. Starting with a green bridge [...]

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October 11th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Don’t read me today, read Mark McKenna’s piece in the Australian.

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