When Brisbane voters elect a City Council on March 28th, Australia’s largest local government will be renewed for a 4 year term. What could go wrong?
Set in a fictional City Hall, Martin Knox has written a political crime thriller novel: ‘Presumed Dead’. There are page-turning politics in a hung council considering a megacasino. There is chilling corruption and imaginative scientific investigation. Will Dr Phillip Keane find missing independent councillor Jane Kenwood? What will happen in their relationship? Will she be able to change their political system?
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Presumed Dead is a novel about a fictional crime when an Australian city council is considering development of a casino resort. The story reveals how Westminster System politicians are inherently corrupt when their party is not seeking the public good. When a non-partisan mayor is elected, she safeguards the city’s fragile democracy.
The fiction novel ‘Short of Love’ is about a couple for whom commitment is ephemeral and elusive despite intervening lovers and children. There is overthinking in this satirical treatment of the vulnerability of love.
Dairy farmers get a price for milk that is held down by oligopsony, agreement between a small number of buyers for their product. For stability of supply, the price has to recompense investment. Oil exporting countries get a price for oil that is held down by oligopsony, agreement between major oil importing companies. For stability of supply, the price has to recompense investment and also anticipate the depletion of petroleum resources with oil supply running out. For example, a higher price could be demanded to fund diversification into agriculture. Oil has varied per barrel between $20 in 1997, $160 in 2008, and $60 today.
Is the ethical position of companies buying oil different from supermarkets buying milk? Who will provide for oil exporters to transition away from oil when it runs out?
Novel ‘$hort of Love’ is about love set in the international oil industry, with some relationship and oil supply dilemmas considered in a satirical commodity framework.