Permanent #VicGasBan a win for people power, agriculture and #climate reports @takvera

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced a permanent ban on the exploration and development of all onshore unconventional gas in Victoria, including hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and coal seam gas. Victoria is the first Australian state to ban onshore fracking.

Pt 1 – Australian election blog 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Blog along as we cover the long Australian election campaign for 2016. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Mal’s Panama Papers. Saving Albo. Pies and Toast. Battleground Queensland. To the Governor General. . (May 12, 2016) Day 5 – Mal’s Panama Papers Siberian gold mines and Mossack Fonseca Elise Worthington reported, “Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has denied any wrongdoing after his name was found in the massive Panama Papers database.”: Malcolm Turnbull denies any wrongdoing after being listed in Panama Papers. The Sydney Morning Herald reported, “Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was once a director of an offshore company set up by Mossack Fonseca, data from the Panama Papers shows.”: Panama Papers: […]

Community Celebration – #Bulga Beats A Generous Heart Despite Threat From #Coal Expansion by @coolmccool

The recent Bulga Beats Festival was a warm celebration of community spirit, from a small town determined to show its strength and vitality, in spite of the existential threat it faces from Rio Tinto’s encroaching Warkworth open cut mine. If Rio Tinto gets its way, Bulga will be effectively swallowed by the coal mine, and one of New South Wales’s most historic rural towns will be lost forever. The festival attracted a wide range of performers from country music stars like Luke O’Shea, to performance poet Erfan Daliri, to the acclaimed Wakagetti Dancers. The performers were all there to ‘back Bulga’ and to show their support for the locals. Anne-Maree […]

Hastie solar forum no show while #CanningVotes talks renewable energy: @Jackthelad1947 reports

The Australian Solar Council held a Save Solar Forum at Mandurah Bowling and Recreation Club on Sunday. As the national voice of the solar industry they have invested more than $60,000 into the Canning by-election in an effort to save jobs and cut power bills for the people of Canning. The Solar Council says that because the Federal Government is targeting the solar industry by slashing the Renewable Energy Target (RET) they will support any political party with a good solar policy. A number of federal politicians were invited but did not attend: Prime Minister Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) Oppostiton Leader Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt (@GregHuntMP) Mark Butler […]

Supporters of the Anti Racist Movement face off against Reclaim Australia supporters in Perth: Rick Hoyle – Mills reports

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Kitchen tables and #Community in the Nation’s Capital from @MargaretOConno5

“I cannot honestly say that I liked Canberra very much; it was to me a place of exile; but I soon began to realize that the decision had been taken, that Canberra was and would continue to be the capital of the nation, and that it was therefore imperative to make it a worthy capital; something that the Australian people would come to admire and respect; something that would be a focal point for national pride and sentiment. Once I had converted myself to this faith, I became an apostle …” Thus reported the clearly underwhelmed but ultimately committed Sir Robert Menzies in the Senate Select Committee Report, ‘Development of […]

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

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Pt 7 of the Qld election blog for 2015 – Counting and results #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah

(Jump to comments section) Jump to latest blog entry. Welcome to part seven of the Queensland election coverage for 2015. The below entries cover the period from February 3 onwards. To follow the Twitter stream, see #qldvotes. List of Qld election blogs: Jan 06 – Jan 16: Pt 1 Qld election blog 2015. Jan 17 – Jan 21: Pt 2 Qld election blog 2015. Jan 22 – Jan 25: Pt 3 Qld election blog 2015. Jan 26 – Jan 28: Pt 4 Qld election blog 2015. Jan 29 – Jan 30: Pt 5 Qld election blog 2015. Jan 31 – Feb 02: Pt 6 Qld election blog 2015. Feb 03 – Feb 05: Pt 7 Qld election […]

The #indivotes movie: @adropex review and musings on how Indi is changing politics

INDI: The Road to Canberra — CROWDFUNDING TRAILER from David Estcourt on Vimeo. INDI: The Road to Canberra  “More than a year has passed since the campaign, so it was interesting seeing our emotions on the big screen…Obviously there are a lot of nuances that can’t be conveyed in a 90 minute film, but [the film makers] did a great job of showing the big picture of the campaign.” Cam Klose – “Indi Expat”  Indi: The Road to Canberra is a documentary about the grassroots campaign that saw the unexpected election of an independent, Cathy McGowan, in the 2013 federal election. After collecting extensive footage, David Estcourt (Director) and Bethany […]

Victorian Labor looks to Government as hung Legislative Council likely: @takvera on #vicvotes

As we enter the final days of the Victorian election campaign the polls show Labor headed for Government with a possible majority of 8 seats. But like all elections there will be expected wins and losses and some surprises. The result is never guaranteed. There is even a possibility of a hung parliament with the Greens having the balance of power in the Legislative Assembly. Labor needs to win seats in south-eastern Melbourne and bayside suburbs such as Carrum, Frankston, Bentleigh and Mordialloc where transport and education are important. Also in play are marginal Liberal seats on the north-eastern fringe of Melbourne like Yan Yean and Monbulk where the Great […]