Australian Government funds $4 million sweet deal for #climate contrarian Bjorn Lomborg – @Takvera

Image Credit : Bjørn Lomborg, April 2014 World Travel and Tourism Council/Flickr. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

This sweet deal for statistician and climate contrarian Bjorn Limborg is likely to really piss off Australian climate scientists. With one fell swoop the Government has alienated climate scientists, and probably a heavy proportion of other academics and the general public. The Abbott Government is funding climate contrarian Dr Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish Professor of […]

Why is it so hard to close down Victoria’s dirtiest #coal power Stations? asks @Takvera

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Over 200 people rallied at lunchtime on the steps of the Victorian Parliament house to kickstart a campaign (again) to shut down Hazelwood and Anglesea coal fired power stations. Greens MLA Ellen Sandell made a statement to parliament during the morning (see bottom of article) calling on the Labor Government, led by Premier Daniel Andrews, […]

Tax exempt status of Environment NGOs targeted. Are you a #FriendofFoE? asks @Takvera

Friends of the Earth banner outside Hazelwood coal fired power station in 2010. Photo: John Englart

Hundreds of thousands of Australians each year volunteer with or donate to environment not-for-profit organisations like Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, the Wilderness Society, to name just a few. Now it seems the Federal Government is stepping up it’s attack on these organisations through tightening the definition and taxation exemption status for donations to these […]

Transition from #coal to #solar critical for Port Augusta – @Takvera

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The Port Augusta community have called for South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to step up to help fund construction of a solar thermal power station. The call from Repower Port Augusta comes in reponse to an Alinta Energy assessment (Draft Milestone 3 Balance of Study Report March 2015 PDF) that found a solar thermal power […]

Marching to the same tune #MarchInMarch #Perth: @RickHM reports

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John #MalcolmFraser AC 22nd Prime Minister of #auspol: @Jansant tribute

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Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser (@MalcolmFraser12) has left the building, and it feels empty without him. The man who had once torn Australia apart, became a voice of reason, decency and compassion in a sea of gutter level race fuelled political strategy. A child of the squattocracy, that in the end, was the reasoned and […]

Vanuatu, Australia and #CyclonePam: reaping the whirlwind from #climate change by @Takvera

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Vanuatu has suffered its worst disaster on record with the impact of Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam, with the President of Vanuatu blaming climate change for extreme weather (Guardian 16Mar2015). Australia has stepped up with an initial $5 million disaster relief package. To put Australia’s monetary response into perspective: during the 2014 budget handed down […]

Torture report makes @IntlCrimCourt action against @TonyAbbottMHR’s #auspol likely: @jansant reports

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On Monday, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, released a report (below) that found Australia in violation of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). The report found multiple violations and identified the systematic nature resulting from government policy. Juan Mendez, is a survivor of […]

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 […]