Bad fairy at the wedding: @burgewords on the curse of #MarriageEquality activism

I’D like to briefly hold your attention in this short period before marriage equality is legislated in Australia, because nobody will ever give a second thought to the years of struggle that led to this week’s resounding public vote for same-sex dignity. The concept of marriage equality first hit me like a bullet in 2004, in the moment I realised I’d been completely and utterly duped by this ‘lucky country’. My partner Jono had died suddenly just weeks before, and I was struggling with acute, identity-killing grief. I had no idea that this profound amputation would come to be treated as though it was a paper cut. Unbeknownst to me, […]

Divorced from reality: @burgewords comments on the Coalition’s #MarriageEquality problem

The Coalition will just have to take care of itself, because the political wedge has finally hit its target. AFTER the Coalition’s narrow win, the plebiscite on Marriage Equality should be getting ready to kick off, yet the same election promise has been blamed for the major swing against Malcolm Turnbull. And the paradox has all the hallmarks of failure. In one of his delayed post-victory interviews, Malcolm Turnbull conceded the plebiscite would have to be pushed ahead to 2017. His reason: “My commitment to have it dealt with as soon as practicable is there, but we… have to obtain the support of the Senate,” Mr Turnbull told Leigh Sales […]

Until the violence stops, every day is #WhiteRibbonDay by @mary_sayed

Tuesday 25 November was White Ribbon Day , the (annual) International Day for the Elimination of all Violence against Women, including domestic violence. It marked the start of 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, ending on International Human Rights Day (10 December). Why does White Ribbon Day matter? Domestic violence is at epidemic proportions in Australia: one in three women will experience it in her lifetime and one woman dies every week at the hands of a current or former partner. That woman is most likely to be killed by her male partner in her home. It is absolutely unacceptable that any person, let alone this many, […]

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

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 do laundry). I quit smoking over five years ago and don’t have asthma, but I’ve a constant hacking cough that spurs strangers to tell me “those ciggies will kill you, you know”, and endless chest infections. So that’s not much fun, but it’s even to scarier to think what happens at the other end of […]

Back to the #leardblockade: report by @RobinMosman

Warwick and I are just home again after taking a group of silver-haired oldies from the Blue Mountains Conservation Society to the Leard Blockade. The plan was that our obvious super-respectability and elder wisdom would look impressive on Facebook, and hopefully add more weight to opposition to the clearing of the Leard Forest for coal mining. Here in the Blue Mountains we are no strangers to the threat of coal and CSG mining. Over the last 4 years the Society, and hundreds of its members, have put in more than 20 detailed submissions to do with the expansion of existing coal mines here and the establishment of new ones, 8 […]

The shadowy underbelly of Australia’s fair go: @FrBower comments on #racism

“I am not a racist! But…” We have all heard it and many of us have said it, but what does it mean? Australians are, for the most part, a pretty decent lot. We love the larrikin, the underdog and the idea of a fair go. However, just as there is always another side to the individual there is also another side to a nation. There is always the dark underbelly. Carl Jung, one of the founders of modern psychology, called this “the shadow”. We see it all the time, what we hate most in others is often what we are trying so strenuously to deny in ourselves. What is […]

It’s not quite over yet: @margokingston #leardblockade Twitter report June 3

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Winter has come for Leard State Forest and her wildlife: my #leardblockade Twitter report

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The futility and the joy of the #leardblockade last stand: @margokingston1 Twitter report

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#BentleyBlockade a trigger to taking our country back? @mickdaley1 on the democratic possibilities

[clear] Must SHARE! Awesome edit! @parisanddarmin #Pilliga #leardblockade The Emperor Wears No Clothes – #BentleyBlockade: http://t.co/IR9cWn2ort — Meredith Stanton (@CloudsCreek) May 25, 2014 As tents and tripods came down and people figured out how to extract extract several tonnes of vehicles and associated implements embedded in concrete at Gates A, B and C to the farm slated for CSG extraction, the Bentley Blockade is being analysed and dissected by journalists, academics, police, politicians, conspiracy theorists, the Mining Council and think tanks across the nation. A great photo from sunrise at the #BentleyBlockade for the final time this morning #csg #nswpol pic.twitter.com/HwR3RugLEg — Max Phillips (@maxphillips) May 20, 2014 The three-month blockade […]