ANZ Bank HQ in Melbourne occupied by #ClimateWarriors: @Takvera

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The Pacific Climate Warriors travelled to Melbourne today and were part of an occupation of the lobby of the Headquarters of the ANZ Bank. Over eighty people participated standing in solidarity with Pacific Islanders whose homes and cultures are being destroyed by fossil fuel expansion. Last week the Climate Warriors visited Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek […]

Wilkie asks International Criminal Court to probe members of Cabinet over #Refugees: @Jansant reports

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The independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie MP and human rights advocate and lawyer Greg Barns, have made a formal request to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, asking for an investigation into members of the Abbott Government for crimes against humanity. The request claims members of the Australian Government have contravened article […]

The man who dismissed dismissal: @burgewords #CreatingWaves on #GoughWhitlam

Gough Whitlam (1916-2014).

  Gough Whitlam got conservatives in Australia on the move in the late 1960s and they have never stopped running. IT took me almost half my lifetime to work out what I owe Gough Whitlam. The second son of a NSW grazier and a nurse from Sydney’s north shore who gave up her career to have kids, I […]

Secrets of a Hollywood king from Kiama: @burgewords #CreatingWaves on Orry-Kelly

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JUST about everyone I knew as a kid went to Kiama for the school holidays. Apart from its famous blow-hole, through which the ocean mysteriously forces a geyser-like spray to the delight of tourists, there is nothing extraordinary about this sleepy town which has all the caravan parks, bait shops and holiday rentals of every town […]

Living with coal, @Sikamikanico joins Pacific #ClimateWarriors to blockade Newcastle Port. #leardblockade

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It’s pretty irritating living next to the coal train line in the shadow of the world’s largest coal port. The outside walls of our house are constantly covered in a layer of coal dust. I have to wash the dust out of the laundry baskets every time we use them (and yes, we do regularly […]

Place at kitchen table set for Tony Windsor at #Inditalks feast: @jansant reports

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Voices For Indi (V4I), the group that helped Cathy McGowan MP (@Indigocathy) win the Victorian seat of Indi, will hold  fresh rounds of “kitchen table conversations” at two events over the weekend. The events which are booked out will be held in Swanpool (Saturday) and Yackandandah (Sunday) in North Eastern Victoria. The events are called […]

Pacific #ClimateWarriors join #Leardblockade protesting coal and climate change: @Takvera reports

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Thirty Pacific warriors are currently touring Australia to share their climate message and ask for our support and solidarity. On Monday they brought their message to Narrabri and the Leard Blockade and saw first hand the destruction wrought by Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek Project and Idemitsu’s Boggabri Coal. “We are sending a powerful message: we […]

Labor and Liberal no show at #vicvotes Coburg Fair Food Forum reports @Takvera

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For Fair Food week at Coburg Farmers Market a forum was held to discuss food and agriculture in the context of the Victorian state election on 29th November 29 2014. After all, food is an essential ingredient in our economy, our culture and society. It is something we all consume and relate to. Yet neither […]

Protestors #floodpolluters – AGL Energy occupied in Melbourne @Takvera reports

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Over 60 people occupied the AGL Energy head office in Melbourne this morning siting down on the 23rd floor offices of this energy producer and retailer. Several people locked themselves together on the 23rd floor. A number of climate guardian angels locked on to the front doors at street level. Why were they there? AGL […]

Once In a Lifetime (with apologies to Talking Heads) and #wish, a welcome uproar: @mary_sayed comments

Historic mosque in the cemetery, Bourke, NSW, Australia. In the 19th and early 20th centuries camels were used extensively in outback Australia, and many of the camel keepers were Afghans.

There’s been a song popping into my head during the past few days. It’s the Talking Heads song Once In A Lifetime. You know the one (ahem…if you remember music from 1981). It’s been happening since the insane idea emerged to ban the burqa – more accurately, the niqab – from Parliament, relegating women wearing […]