Under a cloak of secrecy, the Federal Government last week hosted a top-level meeting of defence chiefs from 19 nations ahead of next month's APEC meeting, also in Sydney. Included were regional chiefs from US, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.
Like the dinosaur before it, the modern car is about to leap off the evolutionary cliff to its extinction, and only small, smart people movers will survive.
While ABC's Landline programme considered the role of the biofuel option stopgap, Four Corners this week picked up on the earlier Catalyst story on 'peak oil' - that point where oil wells reach their optimum production and begin their decline.
An unsolicited email today speaks of investment opportunities in diamond mining in the region known as the SÃ£o Luis River Basin, in Brazil. The words "Brazil" and "mining" never sit well together for any environmentalist, so I set off on a mini exploration with trusted guide Cynthia Google, and soon found a few additional words that don't sit well with environment.
Mercury, for example, the heavy metal that causes "Minamata disease". The SÃ£o Luis River Basin reference found on Google reports the region as having the "highest mercury levels in human hair samples".
Ahead of Carbon Dioxide Junky John Howard's trip to China to sign the $25 billion deal for the sale of Liquefied Natural Gas, ABC's Foreign Correspondent (Cars Eating China, reporter John Taylor) last week raised the spectre of the largest Asian dragon leaving the largest global warming footprint on the environment, with the car replacing the bicycle as the preferred means of transport and enough cars the fill a seven-lane highway to the moon.
Foreign Correspondent reports "by 2010, there will be 55 million vehicles on the road in China".
Is there anybody there?' said the Traveller,
Knocking on the moonlit door;
And his horse in the silence champed the grasses
Of the forest's ferny floor:
And a bird flew up out of the turret,
Above the Traveller's head:
And he smote upon the door again a second time;
'Is there anybody there?' he said.
But no one descended to the Traveller;
No head from the leaf-fringed sill
Leaned over and looked into his grey eyes,
Where he stood perplexed and still.
etc. etc.(Hilaire Belloc, The Listeners)
Well, friends, I suppose you get my drift, no?