Eminent Australians #ClimateEmergency call met with political silence in #Ausvotes: @takvera reports

On thursday 23rd June a host of eminent Australians called on the next Australian Government to declare a climate emergency. The call was made in an open letter published as a half page advertisement in The Age Newspaper. Yet the open letter produced just two news stories at the ABC (here and here) There was no other coverage. No comment by political leaders. Just a political silence. In the middle of an election campaign. The issue being raised is a fundamental one which affects us all and future generations, yet political silence reigned. The letter comes near the end of the second last week in the Federal election campaign. Climate […]

Voters grill @IndigoCathy and @MartyCorboyNats #Indivotes Libs cry forum foul: @Jansant reports

The ABC Goulburn Murray (@ABCGM), The Border Mail (@bordermail) #Indivotes forum was held on Monday night at The Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre. The Only candidate not to attend was Rise Up Australia candidate, Vincent Ferrando. Jon Faine: “Wonderful to see democracy in action.” Not ruling out appearance of Mr Ferrando. #IndiVotes — David Johnston (@david_johnston5) June 20, 2016 Is the @RiseUpAustrali1 party gaging their Indi candidate “…since your new, you shouldn’t speak much anyway”? #indivotes — Geoffrey Butt (@GeoffreyAlbury) June 20, 2016 Our Indi forum is underway with a full house at Wangaratta PAC #indivotes pic.twitter.com/kMVxNtra4O — ABCGoulburnMurray (@ABCGM) June 20, 2016 Each candidate has two minutes to make pitch […]

Barnaby Joyce no show at Energy Futures Forum Armidale reports @takvera #NewEnglandVotes #ausvotes

Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals candidate for New England, Barnaby Joyce, attended a lunchtime candidates forum in Tamworth, but was a no show for the Energy Futures Forum at Armidale in the evening of Tuesday 21 June. The New England electorate is a tight contest with former Independent MP Tony Windsor standing for election. Nofibs has curated social media tweets reporting from the Energy Future Forum. [View the story “Joyce a no show at #NewEnglandvotes Energy Futures Forum in Armidale #ausvotes” on Storify] Photo courtesy @AustralisTerry /twitter

The Liberals have a #MissingClimatePolicy, but don’t want you to know reports @takvera #Ausvotes

The High Court has found there is an implied right of political speech in the Australian Constitution, but that doesn’t stop the Liberal Party putting pressure for an inconvenient election billboard to be taken down. Environment Victoria paid for a Billboard opposite and a bit down the road from the Liberal Party campaign headquarters in the marginal seat of Deakin in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. The billboard was up for about 72 hours on the busiest intersection in Deakin. Environment Victoria say the local branch of the Liberal Party made a complaint to the owner of the site, who then had the billboard taken down. Our billboard was taken down after […]

Deputy PM @Barnaby_Joyce parachutes Latham into #IndiVotes: @jansant reports

As expected, #Indivotes got a whole lot more interesting with pre-polling, the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce (@Barnaby_Joyce) even parachuted Mark Latham into the marginal seat. On the Sunday before pre-polling, Cathy McGowan MP (@IndigoCathy), Marty Corboy (@martycorboynats) and former Nationals member for Murray Valley Ken Jasper, put on a very public display of (and I select my word carefully) unity. That’s unity in stopping Indi from falling back into the hands of Sophie Mirabella and the Liberals. Plenty of happy snaps. Corboy on his fluoro shoes: Orange isn’t exclusive On Wednesday The Border Mail (TBM) ran a story that led with: NATIONALS’ candidate Marty Corboy has distanced himself from […]

#ReefElection: Bandaids for an unmitigated reef catastrophe reports @takvera #ausvotes

An election promise by the Prime Minister to divert $1 billion in Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) funding to improve reef catchment water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been soundly criticised as legally problematic, inefficient and far below the funding scientists say is required to Save the Reef. As they say, the ‘devil is in the detail’. [View the story “#reefelection: Bandaids for an unmitigated reef catastrophe” on Storify]

Jasper coaches @martycorboynats to stomping #Indivotes victory over @IndigoCathy: @jansant reports

Storms, floods and avoiding the dots on #climate in #ausvotes – @takvera

During a tour of flood affected areas in Tasmania on Thursday 9 June, the Prime Minister was asked a question (See SMH report) relating to extreme weather events and climate change: Journalist: “Prime Minister, it is widely accepted in the scientific community and among insurers and infrastructure companies that climate change will affect the predictability, frequency and severety of natural disasters like this. Do you think Australians should prepare for more events like this happening more, or are you concerned that they will happen more with climate change?” Turnbull: “Well certainly larger and more frequent storms are one of the consequences that the climate models and climate scientists predict from […]

Taking the 100pc #renewables message to @TurnbullMalcolm in Wentworth for #ausvotes – @takvera

The Prime Minister’s electorate of Wentworth in Sydney played host to a Solar Citizens forum at Paddington Town Hall: the Wentworth 100 percent renewables forum. Former MP for Wentworth John Hewson turned up and gave the keynote address. Wentworth is one of the wealthiest electorates in Australia, but it also has the second lowest uptake of solar PV in Australia. The Paddington Town Hall was used for the forum and had a packed audience. Though Malcolm Turnbull, the member for Wentworth, couldn’t make it, the organisers kept a chair vacant on stage with his name on it. The Prime Minister was invited to a peoples forum up in Brisbane with […]

Support for #carbonpricing at 63 percent: @takvera reports on #Votecompass #ausvotes

The latest Vote Compass data on carbon pricing and climate change shows that Australians want more action on climate change and back carbon pricing. Some 63 per cent of Australians want carbon pricing back and 74 per cent support more government action on climate change. But Coalition voters remain split on carbon pricing. Support for carbon pricing has increased from 50 percent at the Vote Compass survey in 2013 to 63 percent in 2016. For the question on more action on climate change the results also incresed by 13 percent from 61 percent in 2013 to 74 percent in 2016. It was clear back in 2013 that climate change was […]