Rematch as #Inditalks about @MirabellaSophie and @IndigoCathy new #IndiVotes duel: @Jansant reports

Sophie Mirabella and family after winning Liberal preselection for Indi at the next federal election.

Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) won Liberal party preselection today at Benalla, setting up a rematch in what will likely be the most watched seat at the next federal election, Indi. Humbled by support of #Indi Liberal members today. We will continue to listen and work with fellow locals #inditalks pic.twitter.com/540LBLaplC — Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) June 28, […]

Scare tactics and @TonyAbbottMHR’s war on #qanda over @ZakyMallah’s truth bomb: @jansant comments

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When the politicisation of “national security” morphs into a vicious attack on the independence of our Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), it’s another sign Australia is racing down the road towards a fascist state. This confected outrage about #qanda reveals the depth of the totalitarian impulse in this government. It frightens me. — Jane Caro (@JaneCaro) […]

Navigating prejudice: @burgewords explores #MatthewFlinders

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It’s time to shift perspective and explore the homophobia Matthew Flinders encountered. SPECULATION about the sexual orientation of iconic English seaman Matthew Flinders rose like a colourful maritime flag over a decade ago when previously unknown letters surfaced, including emotionally charged passages written by Flinders to fellow explorer George Bass. In his 2007 Meanjin article “Exploring love: […]

#Aid, push factors and people smuggling #OnWaterGate – @mary_sayed comments

Refugee camp, Myanmar

The latest low to which the Australian Government – current and previous – has sunk in order to push refugees out of sight and out of mind has made headline news. The major parties’ blind determination to treat refugees as inhumanely as possible seems to know no bounds. We are now refusing to allow boats […]

A Myall in my shoes: @burgewords reports on the #FrontierWars

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Now, the dead are ready to have us remember them. IT has taken me a lifetime to get back to Myall Creek, a typical watercourse that traverses a remote country road like thousands of others in NSW’s New England district. Here, between the towns of Delungra and Bingara, a corrugated iron hall by a long-disused […]

Australian #climate targets under fire at Bonn multilateral assessment #sb42 #Auspol – @takvera

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Australia’s climate targets and climate action mechanisms were under the international microscope in Bonn today and found to be very unambitous, with veiled criticism of the inadequacy of Australia’s policies in terms of comparative global action and failure to address fair and equitable global outcomes. In the leadup to Paris climate conference in December there […]

Latrobe Valley: Finding Hope in #Morwell at #climate ground zero – @takvera

Hazelwood Power Station from Yallourn.
Photo: John Englart

On Saturday I dragged myself out of bed early to catch a 7am train to Southern Cross station. I had committed myself to journeying with a party of Greens supporters, including the State MP for Melbourne Ellen Sandell and the Federal MP Adam Bandt, to the town of Morwell in the heart of the LaTrobe […]

The making of a #MarriageEquality advocate: @burgewords extract

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IRELAND’S yes vote for marriage equality kicked a rainbow-coloured goal for LGBTQI people around the globe, and while the major Australian political parties fight for ownership of the ball, this extract from an upcoming non-fiction podcast and book by MICHAEL BURGE is a reminder of how far we’ve come. Marriage, like a seed, was planted within me […]

First Victorian #coal domino falls: @takvera reports on Alcoa #Anglesea power Station closure

A protest at the edge of the Anglesea coal mine. Photo: John Englart

While renewables are being encouraged by the Andrews Government with the proposal for a Victorian Renewable Energy Target, the first domino in Victoria’s brown coal fired power industry has succumbed. Alcoa announced this week it would be closing it’s 50MW high sulphur dioxide polluting coal fired power station and mine at Anglesea at the end […]

Victorian Energy Minister challenges @TonyAbbottMHR on #RET – @takvera

Image by Ed Dunens/Flickr of Challicum Hills Wind Farm, Mount Buangor. Victoria. Creative Commons (CC by 2.0)

On Thursday Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio told the Federal Government that Victoria wants to establish it’s own Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) and to get out of the way and clear the federal legislative path to do so. In 2009 the States and Territories negotiated the closure of their own state based RET schemes […]