Manila statement for #climate action calls for solidarity and justice reports @Takvera #COP21

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The leaders of France and the Philippines issued an ambituous call from Manila for a global climate deal in Paris at the end of 2015. The President of France François Hollande (@fhollande) and President of the Philippines Benigno S. Aquino III issued the Manila call to action on climate change on 26 February 2015. The […]

International human rights body tells @TonyAbbottMHR #IStandWithGillianTriggs. @Jansant reports

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The International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) has written (full text below) to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR), expressing “grave concern” about recent Government attacks on the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), Gillian Triggs (@GillianTriggs). The letter was carbon copied to the […]

Senate Estimates: Impact of #climate change on Regional #Forest Agreements stumps bureacrat reports @Takvera

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At Senate estimate hearings on Monday Senator Janet Rice, the Greens spokesperson for forests, asked a number of probing questions on Regional Forest Agreements. One question in particular asked about how climate change science was included in the review of these agreements. The bureaucrats looked like stunned mullets, until one volunteered that the question would […]

A citizen journalist on finding her voice…@JanB_QLD reflects PART 2 ABC 612

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In a sense, the ABC Community Correspondent experience started for me as a result of the No Fibs election project. Over the course of the Griffith by-election campaign in early 2014, I became a shameless self-promoter, and when attending launches and other campaign events I would send out live tweets. After participating in and live […]

A citizen journalist begins to find her voice… @JanB_QLD reflects – PART 1 NoFibs and The Westender

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Starting Out Reading good journalism is a vital part of my life, and like many I am fearful for its future. Now, having participated in citizen journalism projects over the past 18 months I have somehow inadvertently inserted myself into the debate about whether citizen journalism threatens or complements professional journalism. I came to citizen […]

Will Australia be a spoiler or lifter for #Paris2015 global #climate agreement? asks @Takvera #Auspol

UNFCCC Executive Secretary briefs the press on closing day of ADP Geneva Climate Change Conference Source: UNFCCC Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

The Geneva negotiating text provides hope for a global climate agreement in the lead up to the United Nations Paris climate negotiations in December 2015. The Paris climate talks are a significant landmark: whether the international community will negotiate an effective agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and reduce global warming, or allow rising business […]

Wilkie and Barns turn up #refugees heat on Abbott with “comprehensive brief” to ICC. @Jansant reports

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Andrew Wilkie MP (@WilkieMP) and human rights advocate and lawyer Greg Barns (@BarnsGreg) have followed up their letter to The International Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt) in The Hague (ICC) of last October with a “comprehensive brief on this matter”. The full brief is published below. The ICC is currently also considering a submission (with additional information) […]

Civil liberties councils bring #Citizenfour to Canberra. @jeevens reports.

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There’s a nagging sensation in your gut when you watch Citizenfour. The BAFTA award-winning documentary by Laura Poitras is an exploration of the modern surveillance state, the Five Eyes Alliance (of which Australia is a part), and the Edward Snowden revelations, and the concerns it raises – particularly for those who haven’t been following the […]

Malcolm Turnbull squashes ETS #climate action for #libspill chance as #Auspol Prime Minister by @Takvera

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Malcolm Turnbull was on the unofficial campaign trail on the Central Coast of NSW for the upcoming Liberal Party spill of positions being forecast to take place next Tuesday (10 February). It comes after a confrontation in a ‘secret’ meeting between Turnbull and Abbott in the Prime Minister’s offices on Wednesday 4 February. Turnbull used […]

Abbott Government back in International Criminal Court hot seat over #refugees: @jansant reports

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The International Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt) in The Hague (ICC) is analysing additional information it has recieved, adding to information previously received, to determine if members of the Australian Government have a case to answer for alleged crimes against humanity. Confirmation was received by lawyer and migration agent Tracie Aylmer (@taylmer), in a letter (below) yesterday, […]