The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety continues to hear damning reports about how the sector has been mismanaged. Professor Joseph Ibrahim is Head of the Health Law and Aging Research Unit in the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash's Victoria Institute of Forensic Medicine, and a practicing consultant physician in geriatric medicine. His paper publised in The Conversation in July this year, 4 steps to avert a full-blown coronavirus disaster in Victoria's aged care homes, sets out the problems with the sector. Joseph Ibrahim joins me on Listening Notes to discuss the current crisis and what has to change.
As Scott Morrison progresses his gas-led Covid recovery plans, community groups are standing up for the environment against enormous odds. A few weeks ago Julia Stockitj told us about the Save Westernport Campaign to prevent AGL from installing a floating regassification terminal at Crib Point on the Mornington Penninsula.
Another project attracting strong community opposition is the Santos coal-seam gas project proposed for Narrabri, New South Wales. The New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) has given the project the green light but the New South Wales Independent Planning Commision (IPC), the body which makes the ultimate decision, has received 23,000 submissions, 98% of which oppose the project. Madeline Taylor ia a lecturer at the University of Sydney Law School specialising in Energy and Natural Resources Law. She argues that DPIE's approval is based on flawed evidence and that Santos' proposed coal seam gas project may endanger critical water supplies, farmland and threatened species.