Stewart Fist, journalist, columnist and film-maker.
A web-site on lobbying for investigative journos.
Technology-related from The Australian newspaper.
This web site was established, partly on behalf of the Plateau Group, a loose, non-structured, non-commercial group mainly of journalists, which has a focus on a number of Australia's social and political problems.
The convenor of the Plateau Group:
70 Middle Harbour Rd.
Lindfield NSW 2070 Australia.
- PLATEAU SUBMISSION
This is the main Plateau proposal for Lindfield. It is an engineering solution to the problem of providing small homes in the CBD of many Australian suburbs at a reasonable cost, and in a way that prohibits the speculation in these public assets. It is dependent on cooperative ownership, and on funding through a mutual building society.
Currently our emphasis is on the problems which the elderly face in their declining years during the transition phase to the nursing home; specifically the need to find a smaller house, sell or lease the old family home, and arrange their affairs for the inevitable decline and then assisted-care, the nursing home, and palliative care. There are many associated problems experienced by the disabled and disadvantaged.
- PLATEAU HOMES & AGE-RELATED DISCUSSIONS
Small home availability in Australia's sprawling suburbs with their large blocks, 3-4 bedroom houses and extensive gardens is almost non-existent. Yet this is the key factor in the lives of the elderly and the disabled, and they also want to remain in their own suburb, among their friends, family, neighbours and familiar shops and service providers, and keep pets and a small garden. High-rise apartments are not the answer.
- HOMES FOR THE HOMELESS
The exercise in designing the type of low-profile collective housing units for the elderly and disabled, led to this project known as "H4H - Homes for the Homeless, built by the homeless". It is a way of constructing demountable basic fully-featured homes cheaply using unskilled volunteers.
- UNDERGROUND DEVELOPMENTS
The Plateau concept also led to the realisation that there were other techniques of construction of public facilities which did not consume valuable ground space in the CBDs.
- LOBBYING & THINK-TANKS
Members of the Plateau Group have worked for many years on exposing lobbyists who secretly work for various special interests. The Libertarian think-tanks are globally organised to provide these services.
- THE "MinEV" ROAD VEHICLE
Australia has lost its car manufacturing business to China and other Asian countries. However there is a very viable small-car manufacturing need to fill the economic gap between wheel-chairs, gophers and small conventional vehicles.
- VIRUS RELATED
This is a time-line of the main decisions made politically during the Covid-19 pandemic, and other useful material on previous viral pandemics and epidemics.
- POPULATION & NORTH-WEST DEVELOPMENT
Many Australian politicians have the mistaken belief that Australia needs a much larger population to establish itself as an important global power. In fact, a reasonably small population (commensurate with natural resources) is the best legacy we can leave to future generations. Libertarian lobbyists are fooled by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures into believing that these relate to individual wealth and well-being.
- AUSTRALIAN ECONOMICS
This is commentary on the economic concepts that are used to guide Australian politics.
- CLIMATE & ENERGY
Climate change is central to the future well-being of Australia. This depends to a very large degree on abandoning fossil fuels and developing alternate sources of useful energy - including wave and tidal power.
- CELLPHONES & RADIATION DANGERS
A number of years ago Stewart wrote extensively about the possible harmful health effects of the pulsed-power GSM/DTMA cellular phones. It was established that these pulsed-power sources, pressed against the side of the head, could damage DNA. That doesn't necessarily mean that modern CDMA phones (which don't pulse their output power) do.
- [TEMPORARY HOLDINGS]
Everything else being held on the short term.