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Key environment features

Independent journalists Phil Dickie and Susan Brown have written many influential and widely followed articles on environmental issues. Their work has been published in most of Australia's major newspapers. Their digging has provided key background information for many other journalists and for programs such as the 7.30 Report, Four Corners and Sixty Minutes.


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The Brisbane Line
Queensland's days of trying to control development with rhetoric might finally be coming to an end, although much depends on the the State... More>>


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The late Barrier Reef
The do not a lot approach to climate change came under question on revelations that the Great Barrier Reef would be only a remnant within 50 years... More>>


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Battle for green divides the Sunshine Coast
Controlling growth, the key issue in keeping Queensland desirable, took a long time to be established as a media issue. Phil Dickie and Susan... More>>




The sands of Shelburne
Postscript: Soon after this article was published, the Queensland government did the right thing and cancelled the mining leases. More>>


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Coloring in a Great Reef
Raw politics starts to give way to science as the Great Barrier Reef earns more protection. This feature, published in The Canberra Times and The... More>>


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Reef Knots
Getting deep and disrespectfully into Great Barrier Reef politics, science and water quality. Such articles are greatly dreaded by governments and... More>>


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Are we ready for a million more?
An abundance of plans and a poor record in implementing any, is no way to control growth in SE Qld. This article was a bit ahead of events for the... More>>


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Pull the Plug
Sick of puns and newspaper headlines on Paradise Lost and Paradise Drowned the State government is trying to direct common discourse towards the... More>>


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The Chain Gang
History and science both warn of calamity if Queensland rural landowners donít stop denuding the landscapes of vegetation. Phil Dickie looks at a... More>>


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Australia's environment
There is some good news, but not much - and some of that is the result of happy accidents rather than successful policy responses to environmental... More>>


Midnight Oil

Midnight Oil
The feature lead that burnt the fingers of oil interests secretly sizing up the Great Barrier Reef and embarrassed the government agencies... More>>


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The rise and rise of Cubbie Station
The story of Cubbie is usually presented as one of enterprise winning over a harsh land. A full story would include the considerable favours... More>>


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Acid soils and algal blooms
While salinity gets most of the attention, acid sulfate soils exposed by cavalier development can have dangerous as well as damaging side effects. More>>


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Belting up the Brigalow
The initial essential backgrounder on Queensland's third world scale land clearing. As governments floundered about on the issue, it is salutary... More>>


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Killing the golden goose
The destruction of Magnetic Island's beautiful Nelly Bay exposed all the gross inadequacies of Queensland's developer friendly planning laws. More>>


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Thorns of a dilemna
The article that blew away official scientific complacency over the reef's future, lifted the lid on the real story of the Crown of Thorns, helped... More>>