Dear @mikebairdMP, respect the people and tell police not to smash #BentleyBlockade, by @janbarham

Margo: Jan Barham was the Mayor of Byron Shire, the first directly elected Green mayor in Australia. She is a Greens member of the NSW Legislative Council, and the Party’s spokesperson on Northern NSW. Here is her speech to Parliament on May 6 imploring the Government to reverse its order for riot police to smash the #BentleyBlockade, most likely on May 19 or 20. She will join several other local, State and Federal politicians at the blockade in the days preceding the expected police attack.  By Ms Jan BARHAM, MLC 12 May 2014 Democracy is alive and well in regional New South Wales, where communities are showing up and speaking up […]

The old gross-debt net-debt trick, the #qldpol weekly wrap: @Qldaah

Youth employment payout With Queensland named the second highest in youth unemployment in the nation, at 13.4 per cent, The Sunday Mail has reported that the Abbott Government proposes to pay incentives and expenses for unemployed who stay in work. An allocation of $40 million has been set aside to pay youth to relocate to find work. A further $157 million will be shared amongst long-term unemployed aged 18-30 years who hold down a job for two years. The worst effected area of Queensland remains Cairns, according to a Brotherhood of St Laurence report. Over the past 2 years, youth unemployment has jumped 88pc to an average of 21.6pc in the […]

A pollie lied and actually got pinged for it! Barry O’Farrell gives punters Easter cheer: @YaThinkN comments

[clear]   Okay we all know that Sydney is the centre of the Universe; just ask every major paper and the TV stations. This week has been particularly bad for those that are not fortunate enough to live in the most important city in the country – yes, note use of sarcasm font there – with all the news being ICAC, royals, Badgerys Creek second airport, and finally the fall of Barry O’Farrell. Even the bloody NRL had only Sydney games on Good Friday. Now, being Easter and living in a pretty nice Queensland tourism spot, we have a full house of rellies and friends, so of course there has […]

Digging up the drama: @1moretalk reports the demise of the Environmental Defender’s Office

By Graeme Gibson  @1moretalk For nearly 30 years Michael and Margaret (not their real names) have lived on their block outside a small north Queensland sugar town. During the sugar harvesting season they put up with a lot of truck traffic, and, being on an unsealed road, a lot of dust. “It’s so thick sometimes I reckon you could see it from space,” Michael said. He and Margaret are in their 70s, with health problems worsened by the dust. In June 2013 Michael rang the sugar mill to ask if something could be done. He was told to call the transport contractor. After a few calls he felt he was […]