Stiglitz: Global #carbonpricing with cross-border tariffs needed to fight #climate change – @takvera

Nobel award winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has raised the prospect of a global carbon tax lead by a ‘coalition of the willing’, with cross border taxes on goods from non-participating countries, as one strong measure to transition the planet to low emissions and fight climate change. Speaking at the plenary of the Our Common Future Conference on climate science in Paris on Friday he outlined that carbon trading and the national voluntary target approach through the UNFCCC process, like we are seeing in current COP21 negotiations, have essentially failed. According to projections by Climate Action Tracker, we are still on track for 3 to 4 degrees Celsius of warming this […]

A nation where Miners are Government: #Pilliga farmer @nocsg predicts a Liverpool Plains revolution

Margo: Rosemary Nankivell is a farmer, and one of many women of the NSW Liverpool Plains who have fought long and hard for years to stop the food bowl she loves being turned into industrial gas fields and coal mines. She debuted on No Fibs with a profile of the Councillor who tried to stop Narrabri Council evicting #leardblockade from the Leard State Forest and public space beside a road.  I met her at the #leardblockade ACTUP 2. Local Tweep Rosemary Nankivell @nocsg at main #leardblockade – profiled dissident Councillor http://t.co/iv5hNbc9Qs pic.twitter.com/MeWN4UOLOw — Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) January 27, 2014 Rosemary recently attended the Santos AGM in Adelaide to ask questions […]

Reporting grassroots greenshoots when faith in establishment politics dies: @margokingston1

Margo: A version of this column appeared in the Byron Shire Echo – @Echonetdaily – on 29 April as a substitute for Mungo McCallum’s weekly column while he recovered from surgery.    Mungo and I last discussed politics just after the federal election on Late Night Live. We both knew what Abbott would do – seek to close down free speech and climate change science information and further corporate interests at the expense of community. The bottom line was that a disenchanted public had voted in a climate change denying Government at a time when climate change amelioration and adaptation was crucial to the survival of our species. I felt lucky to have co-ordinated the […]

Freedom and Prosperity Party’s @NoDirectAction campaigns from east coast: @GuinevereHall reports #WAvotes

[clear] A handful of the 77 candidates vying to represent Western Australia in the rerun Senate election live in other states. I contacted Bill Koutalianos, president of the Freedom and Prosperity Party and its number one senate candidate, via Twitter and email. At first he said he wasn’t intending to come to Perth in the lead-up to the election. However, after some pressure, he made it over last week to speak to me and will be back next week to be involved in a candidates’ forum. I asked him how well he felt he could represent a state that he doesn’t live in. He agreed it was a fair question […]

The ‘climate chaos’ challenge and the courage of candidates’ convictions in #GriffithVotes: @GriffithElects reports

 [clear] According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia had its hottest year ever in 2013 and we have now experienced heatwaves and destructive fires in the first month of 2014. Twitter went viral this week with reports that Prince Charles has said of climate change sceptic that they are like “headless chickens” (of course, we would say chooks in Australia). Well I’m right with Prince Charles when he says, “It is baffling, I must say, that in our modern world we have such blind trust in science and technology that we all accept what science tells us about everything – until, that is, it comes to climate science”. All of […]

Socialists launch election campaign in Wills and Corio: @takvera reports

By John Englart 11 August 2013 Socialist activists launched their election campaign on Saturday night in support of candidates in two ‘safe’ Labor seats in Victoria: Margarita Windisch in Wills, based on Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs, and Sue Bull in Corio centred on the regional city of Geelong. The electorate of Wills (See Seat profile) still has a radical tinge, with many socialist, social justice and union activists making it their home. The event was held at the Anatolian Cultural centre on Sydney Road, Coburg. Leftwing Turkish migrants established this social centre 20 to 30 years ago. If you judge by voting patterns, Socialists have had a small resurgence in […]

The Greens face in Tangney: @GuinevereHall interview

By Guinevere Hall 25 July 2013 I spoke by phone with Peter Best, the Greens candidate for Tangney, and he was very generous with his time and his thoughts. Peter was also the candidate in the 2010 election and achieved 13.49% of the votes, a swing of 5.2% mainly away from the Labor candidate. Peter has recently sold his data storage business. He he considers himself a business manager but is currently working from home – just enough to fund his main passion which is community involvement, He is currently coaching a local sports team, was a South Perth City Councillor for 4 years and has a personal blog about the […]

The Greens face in Higgins: @gemoo4 interview

By Georgie Moore 22 July 2013 In Conversation with The Greens’ candidate for Higgins James Harrison This is the second of a series of Q&As, where I talk personal and party politics with the candidates for the Higgins electorate. Next, I will speak with Liberal incumbent Kelly O’Dwyer. Georgie: James, how long have you been involved in politics? James: Well I’m relatively new to the world of politics. So, last October was the first time I ran in an election, which was the [City of Stonnington] council elections. Georgie: By how much did you lose in last year’s council elections? James: I missed out by 28 votes of being elected. Georgie: […]

New climate change policy play: @georgefwoods reports

By Georgina Woods 17 July 2013 The announcement this week that Australia would move one year early to its emissions trading scheme – and make budget cuts to pay for it – has cleared the stage for the election to be fought on climate change, but not in the way that our political parties may be expecting. The Government will pay for the move to float the carbon price with a combination of measures, including winding back a fossil fuel subsidy long criticised by environment groups, scaling back generous payments to coal-fired power stations, and a reduction in funds for the fledgling Biodiversity Fund and the Clean Technology Fund. There […]