A crisis of confidence: @BowlerBarrister on the #CarmodyCrisis #qldpol

By Ross Vernon Bowler LLB Barrister-at-Law The Rule of Law Queensland is a democratic society. Within that democracy Queensland has chosen to make the rule of law a constituent part of its justice system and therefore its societal structure. In its simplest form the rule of law endeavours to ensure justice for all according to law by placing no one above the law. Adhering to such a societal structure does not always come easy and is not without its challenges. However a society without rules quickly becomes no society at all. The rule of law underpins constitutional power in Queensland. At any given time within a community embracing the rule […]

What colour would you like your fume stacks? @KellyaAndrew #EWLink submission

The following is a submission made at the Comprehensive Impact Statement (CIS) hearings for the East West Link, Melbourne’s controversial new toll road. This $8 billion project would connect the Eastern Freeway and Alexandra Parade to Citylink severely impacting Royal Park and Moonee Ponds Creek. The project is highly controversial; a situation not helped by a government that has refused to release the business case and was elected in 2010 on the promise of greater investment in public transport.  With the Victorian state election scheduled for November 2014, public transport will once again be a key issue for Victorians. No Fibs has been covering this issue with reports from @takvera. Reproduced with permission of @KellyaAndrew  […]

If you’re feeling the ‘vibe’ Vote Green: @senatormilne speech on #WAvotes

Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens National Press Club Address, 1 April 2014 I begin by acknowledging the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and acknowledge their elders past and present. And in doing so, I commit to the constitutional recognition of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and reject immediately any question over the need to retain aboriginal history as part of our curriculum. Can you believe it, we have a national effort to close the gap between aboriginal health, education, life expectancy and the wider community and, at the same time, a Government that is set to […]

Digging up the drama: @1moretalk reports the demise of the Environmental Defender’s Office

By Graeme Gibson  @1moretalk For nearly 30 years Michael and Margaret (not their real names) have lived on their block outside a small north Queensland sugar town. During the sugar harvesting season they put up with a lot of truck traffic, and, being on an unsealed road, a lot of dust. “It’s so thick sometimes I reckon you could see it from space,” Michael said. He and Margaret are in their 70s, with health problems worsened by the dust. In June 2013 Michael rang the sugar mill to ask if something could be done. He was told to call the transport contractor. After a few calls he felt he was […]

Sigh of relief from inside SPC: @bronwyn_powell reports on #SPCsunday

By Bronwyn Powell  @bronwyn_powell SPC Marketing & Innovation Director The story behind SPC is one that has been well told in recent months in the media. The business had been severely damaged by a ‘perfect storm’ of external economic factors: the high Australian dollar, the flood of cheap imported product being sold in Australia below the cost of production here, and the little to no tariffs imposed on imported fruit products from other countries. These are the same countries that impose tariffs of up to 20 per cent on SPC Ardmona products coming into their markets. But we Aussies love an underdog, and SPC’s fighting spirit, driven by our loyal consumers, […]

More questions than answers after Adelaide #MarchInMarch: @WorsleyTrevor reports

Story & Photos by Trevor Worsley  @WorsleyTrevor   23rd March 2014 I am not a political activist. I have never been to a protest or demonstration of any kind. I had long considered myself a swinging voter, trying at each election to make decisions based on issues and not slogans or political spin. Gradually, over the past few years, I have been becoming disengaged with the political process in this country. This is, in the main, because both sides of politics seem to be less and less interested in the things that matter to the grass roots of the community and much more interested in playing ideology wars with their opposing number. […]

#CSG is risky business for aquifers: @NaomiTWS proves even the ‘good guys’ know it

By Naomi Hogan @NaomiTWS 19th March 2014  Introduction, by Margo Kingston: The NSW Government and Santos did not want the people to know that Coal Seam Gas (#CSG) exploration in the Pilliga State Forest had polluted an aquifer, because that would blow their cover that fracking could not harm the Great Artesian Basin. We know this terrible truth because Naomi Hogan, the Wilderness Society’s full time #Pilliga campaigner, worked long and hard to uncover the truth, and because Australia still has some mainstream media which wants to report the truth in the public interest, in this case the Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC. Naomi tells a fascinating journalistic detective story I reckon you’ll […]

Training it to Melbourne’s #MarchinMarch, by @jenoutwest

[clear] By Jenny Bates  @jenoutwest, 17 March, 2014 Our journey to March in March began Sunday morning on a standing room only train to Melbourne – amazing, considering not an AFL colour could be seen. It was obvious this march was going to be big, and it was.  As more people squeezed in at each stop, a young teen was overheard asking, “Where are all these people going? I catch this train through the week to go to school, and it’s never this busy.” I was tempted to ask her if she worked in a coffee shop and relied on penalty rates; if so I’d  tell her we were all going to […]

Storify: From the red heart @Amanda467 on #MarchInMarch Alice Springs

[View the story “From the Red Heart: A First Time Protester” on Storify]   Read More about Amanda Markham and more from the March In March Archive 

Marching for the Lucky Country: @Trixie_Boo reports on #MarchInMarch Perth

KnitWit PM. Humour and creativity #MarchInMarch #NoFibsMiM Perth pic.twitter.com/eJF7XYZb4K — Reezy Miller (@Trixie_Boo) March 16, 2014 By Reezy Miller  @Trixie_Boo 17th March 2014 Depending on which way you lean politically, the idea of living in one of Australia’s safest political seats – state and federal – may alarm or delight you. I’m fortunate enough to live in the beautiful coastal Perth suburb of Cottesloe, with its famous beach, restaurants and bars, treelined streets, old and new money in equal measure. In the 2013 federal election, which delivered Tony Abbott as Australia’s 28th Prime Minister, local member Julie Bishop received a resounding 67.4 per cent of the vote, returning her with an increased majority […]