Jane Crafter – My blog

Welcome . I am a freelance writer and a (former) Journalist. My dear friend Kate Richards encouraged me to set up my blog – self expression she calls it. I write about the environment, politics, the Australian manufacturing industry, technology, the arts and society and a keen follower of Crikey. I edit a small local […]


Smart Home Technology – Local Inner West Electrical Company Installs

We have finally embraced a fully integrated ‘smart home’ technology package which makes living in 2016 not only energy efficient but comfortable and secure. We received several proposals for home automation but in the end decided to go with the Clipsal range of home automation products because they are Australian made and can be installed […]

Natura Home Canberra – Smart Home Design For Health Living

Environmentally sustainable home design has been around for 20 years in Australia but my friend Paul Tyler’s Canberra new home building company  Natura Homes has taken the next step in designing homes that have an emphasis on healthy living. This is long overdue as many new homes seem to built ‘to a price’ using the cheapest of […]

Newly Elected Abbott Government To Dismantle Climate Change Authority

It is very disturbing to read that after just a couple of weeks in office Tony Abbott has already taken steps to reverse some of the worthwhile climate initiates established by the previous government in particular “preparations are also being made for the dismantling of the Climate Commission and the Climate Change Authority“. Tony Abbott […]

Manufacturing In Australia

The Australian Manufacturing Industry – Recent History The Australian manufacturing Industry has been in decline since the early 1980′s. Reasons for this are varied but some of the commonly cited reasons include; Outsourcing to China. This trend took off in the mid 1990′s with manufacturers realising they could create significant savings on their cost of […]

New Year, New look!

This sadly neglected blog has just had a face lift – How do you like the new look? Over the next few weeks i’ll be talking about my latest research into Australian industry and technology developments that are home grown.

Canberra Green Energy Group

The A.N.U. solar research had an exhibition of their work on display in September. Out of this came a strong interest in pushing for increased feed rates for grid connect solar.  The rates (see here) could be increased if the benefits of solar can be substantiated in terms of greenhouse gas reduction and cost per […]

Quick Post – My New blog header – Like it?

Im loving this blogging – hope you are too! My dear son Mikey has just changed the image on my blog header – let me know what you think! Cheers Jane xx

Green Uptake on The Move – Solar Power in Brisbane Booms!

Solar Panels in Brisbane are In! – Financial and Green Benefits… As a resident of Brisbane, i commented in my column that there is a very high degree of visibility to the safe-climate actions many householders around Brisbane. Around 2.8 million Australians either use Green Power or have solar PV (read , solar panels), and […]