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

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, January 30, 2015. The ICC said: The Office is analyzing the situation identified in your communication, with the assistance of other related communications and other available information. Aylmer’s original ICC submission was officially accepted for consideration by the ICC on May 19, 2014. It named senior members of the Australian Government: Australian Prime Minister Tony […]

When has the suspension of the rule of law ever been a win for humanity? asks Fr Rod Bower @FrBower

A version of this piece first appeared on Anglican Parish of Gosford Facebook page. There is a great evil being perpetrated in the name of the Australian people and up until this point in time, with the compliance of the majority. That popular amenability must now quickly become a minority if Australia is not to be considered among the ranks of international pariahs and rogue states. States from which refugees flee seeking protection from countries with compassionate and decent governance. The recent ABC 7.30 Report identified the trauma caused by the policies executed by successive Howard, Rudd, Gillard and Abbott Governments. Australia’s detention of refugees, including children, is ‘cruel, inhuman […]

Tony Abbott’s Royal Commission blunders: @madwixxy comments on #TURC

As we enter the final days of the public hearings of the Trade Union Royal Commission I find myself in the peculiar position of agreeing with John Howard. John Howard told Janet Albrechtsen in an interview of his unease with the way Tony Abbott and George Brandis used the Royal Commission process as a means to achieve a political end. Howard explained: “I’m uneasy about the idea of having royal commissions or inquiries into essentially a political decision…” “I don’t think you should ever begin to go down the American path of using the law for narrow targeted political purposes.” I believe there is no doubt Abbott is using the law to achieve a […]

Cigar wielding wealthy motorist entitlements: the @sarah_capper column

Sitting on the train, surrounded by other poor people, sans cars, it’s hard not to wonder whether the Abbott Government is becoming increasingly out of touch with its constituents. Sure, there are a lot of discrepancies on public transport – for example, on the not-so-rough Sandringham line, taking in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs, I’m guessing some commuters don’t have one, but possibly three cars. And across town, over on the Cragieburn line, cutting up Melbourne’s North-West, while it may seem a little shabbier than the line that takes in South Yarra, the Brightons, and the Hamptons, I’m guessing a fair share of passengers also own cars (with the propensity for hotted […]

Selling the Budget, @YaThinkN is here to help #Auspol

Normally when the Federal Budget comes out we punters get rather amused at the excitement we see in the media. We giggle at seeing Kochie from Sunrise get his jollies about being in lock up, but unless there is some blatantly nasty stuff in the budget that will hit our hip pockets, we really don’t care too much. In fact, by the time the political talking heads have started discussing it, our eyes have already glazed over and we have moved on to more important things, like who are the front runners in The Voice or has Matt Preston’s cravats got louder? This budget is a different animal after a […]

Restoring integrity in politics: @Sally_Owl on what citizens can do

Integrity, Decency, Transparency and Accountability Four words that mean the difference between goodies and baddies, to put it into terms our Prime Minister will understand. So what do these four words that motivated 100,000 people to March in March really mean? Integrity is the adherence to moral and ethical principles.  It is demonstrating a sound moral character.  It is being honest. Decency is about being worthy of respect.  It is a reflection of adequateness and fairness.  Decency is kind, obliging, generous – suitable and appropriate. Transparency is showing how everything really is – see through, nothing hidden – everything there for all to see. No secrets or lies. Accountability is […]

One #leardblockade rule for Whitehaven, another for Jono Moylan: @larissawaters decries double standards

[clear] Apparently ‘false and misleading’ depends on who you are. Based on the Government’s most recent actions it seems information is only ‘false and misleading’ if it’s provided by someone acting in the public interest to protect the climate – not if it’s provided by a coal mining company with a vested interest in getting an approval. Yesterday I received documents about the Maules Creek coal mine offsets, after the Order for Production of Documents I moved in the Senate last month passed. This package included the long awaited ‘independent’ review of Whitehaven Coal’s proposed offset, albeit commissioned and paid for by Whitehaven Coal. The documents reveal that in fact […]

Local ecologist Philip Spark’s letter to friends appealing for help to save Leard State Forest #leardblockade

By Philip Spark 24th January 2014 Dear friends, This is an SOS call for help to save Leard State Forest which is likely to be bulldozed this month. Two large coal mines have been approved to destroy 3400ha through the middle of the forest, which will lead to the decline of up to 28 threatened species, a critically endangered ecological community, and emissions of approximately 60 million tonnes of CO2 released into the atmosphere each year. The federal environment Minister Tony Burke approved the mines in February 2013. That approval was challenged by the Northern Inland Council for the Environment in the federal court, based on allegations that the minister in […]

Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 7

Storify by The Geek Wed, Jan 22 2014 04:45:37 Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 7 Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email margo [email protected] [email protected] Great news report by Courier of Narrabri Council meeting – feel I know what happened  http://www.thecourier.net.au/news-feed/item/1847-council-votes-to-move-on-protest-campers … #leardblockade Tue, Jan 21 2014 00:03:16 ReplyRetweetFavorite Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Peter [email protected] @margokingston1 Andrew Laird doesnt have #Narrabri Shire democracy in his hands Democracy voted will #LeardBlockade refuse ? @AndrewStoner Tue, Jan 21 2014 00:09:03 ReplyRetweetFavorite Add […]

A fair go – the right to say ‘no’: Phil Laird reports

  By Phil Laird Weeks of rumours that peak industry bodies were providing input into the proposed amendments to the Petroleum (Onshore) Act, regarding access agreements and permits, finally found their way into social media. The Act has had amendments proposed, the most controversial of which are about access to land for petroleum (read: unconventional gas) exploration. NSW irrigators confirmed on Twitter that the Land and Water Commissioner, Jock Laurie, is in discussions about the development of a draft code for access in order to push forward the NSW Government’s CSG  agenda. Mr Laurie and NSW Farmers are yet to make comment. In recent times, the community has been mobilising house […]