Economic growth a double-edged sword for sustainability

By Angela Dorizas Carbon emission reduction is a positive by-product of the current financial crisis and should spark further green investment, according to Macquarie University economics lecturer Ben Spies-Butcher. Speaking at a recent local government sustainability forum in Sydney, Dr Spies-Butcher said there was a love-hate relationship between economic growth and the environment. “While growth […]

UK councils braced for ‘second wave’

By Rob O’Brien UK councils should prepare for a worsening social impact from the ‘second wave’ of the recession, a public sector watchdog has warned. Local and national government have made a positive initial response to the recession, according to the Audit Commission report, but councils should prepare for the ‘second wave’ – a worsening […]

Council costs set to increase: MAV

By Angela Dorizas Australia has bucked the global trend and avoided a recession, but for local government in Victoria, the future economic outlook is constrained. The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has warned that council costs are likely to increase by an average of three per cent in 2009-2010. MAV’s annual Local Government Cost Index, […]

Recession may speed up mental health reform

By Rob O'Brien   A recession may help governments speed up mental health reform, the chair of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health has told a conference in Sydney. Addressing the conference 'Outside In: Community Responses to Complex and Diverse Needs', John Mendoza said that the fiscal pressures of a recession could help the […]

Recession will hit some states harder

By Adam Coleman A key economic forecast released today has suggested that while ‘sunbelt’ states might lead the pack now, the combination of a commodity price collapse and a recession will act as a "great leveller", affecting WA, Queensland and the Northern Territory more than it will on NSW, Victoria, South Australia or Tasmania. In […]


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