Ugg boots – be careful you’re buying genuine Australian owned & manufactured

June 22nd, 2016

*Please note – the main story below was written in 2009. Some of the links may be broken but they will be left as-is because they contain the original addresses for the reference information & quotes used. Other links were updated in June 2016; as Deckers has yet again launched legal action against an Australian […]

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Meat eating is good for human health & livestock can be good for the environment

March 25th, 2016

Below are a variety of research/study sources from around the world plus some well thought out personal opinion pieces that refute misinformation portrayed as truth by those intent on eradicating all meat from the menu. Please note more references are added to this blog post as they are discovered, and sometimes links to articles may be broken, […]

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Rural Women’s Organisations – Australia and other countries

February 20th, 2016

Australia is fortunate to have a number of strong state and national rural women’s groups.  Each is unique, though perhaps these differences aren’t immediately apparent to anyone on the sidelines. Rural women’s organisations (worldwide) include at least one of the following aspects.  Some include all three: A strong emphasis on directly lobbying governments to improve […]

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Social media use in rural Australia

September 29th, 2014

This is how Australia’s bush grapevine now works. On Saturday I drove home from Longreach, taking photographs along the way. I just got a call from a bloke carting livestock, asking if I was in Charters Towers on Saturday. I’d tweeted a photograph of his roadtrain, refuelling at Charters Towers. It was seen by someone […]

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Many of our top 100 chief executives are from regional Australia

September 11th, 2014

21% of Australia’s top 100 chief executives were born in regional Australia, according to the “Pathways to CEO” research undertaken by the University of Sydney Business School. It is discussed in today’s Sydney Morning Herald and more on the research will appear in the Australian Financial Review’s “Boss” magazine. When overseas-born chief executives are removed […]

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Cyclones and natural disaster insurance

April 11th, 2014

Cyclones (hurricanes) are just a collection of storms that have got organised into a circular movement (due to the earth’s spin) with a falling central air pressure that is sucking in moist air from the surrounding area. Big tropical storms form over warm sea temperatures, during the ‘wet’ or ‘monsoon’ season, when air humidity is […]

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Australian decentralisation – lip service

November 13th, 2013

I just did a little regional/capital city cost-of-living comparison test.  Entering your postcode into a certain bed retailer’s website brings up the price locals are charged. The average mattress (not a bulky bedframe, just a mattress), costs Townsville customers $200 more than a Sydney resident. Are these mattresses made in Sydney? Maybe they are – […]

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Solar power systems in northern Australia

June 28th, 2013

I recently installed a solar power system & found it difficult to find information regarding the top third of the Australian continent. Almost all the information online relates to our largest capital cities, which are of course all located in the bottom third of the continent.  Why does this matter? Because once you are north […]

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Steele Rudd – Arthur Hoey Davis

March 13th, 2013

I believe Arthur Hoey Davis (pen name “Steele Rudd”) is by far and away Australia’s best ever writer, due to the originality and relevance of his stories and characters, combined with his great writing ability. Only heard of ‘his’ Dad & Dave jokes?  (Actually written [very badly] by others…much to Steele Rudd’s dismay). Do your […]

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Cattle station work featured on ‘Big Australia’ – 7Mate TV channel

November 26th, 2012

The most recent episode of  7Mate’s  ‘Big Australia’ TV series featured life on a northern Australian cattle station.  Over the one hour programme, 3,000 head were mustered out of Green Holes paddock on the Acton Land & Cattle Company’s ‘Millungera’ Station, in Queensland’s Gulf Country. Brothers Graeme and Evan Acton are well known in the […]

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