The killing of the plebiscite: @burgewords comments on #MarriageEquality

Our position, and the position the LGBTI community wants us to advocate, is very simple: no plebiscite under any circumstances, just a free vote. THERE has been no progress on marriage equality in Australia since long before former Prime Minister Tony Abbott tricked his moderate frontbenchers into a marathon joint party room meeting with the hard-right National Party in August 2015 and gave Australia a new word to debate at dinner parties. Abbott got the idea about a public vote on same-sex marriage from his Independent nemeses Tony Windsor and Rob Oakshott, who first uttered the P-Word during Julia Gillard’s prime ministership. “It would lower the temperature of the political debate and would provide some back-up […]

#Climate Change not on Abbott’s South Australian #SApol #bushfire agenda but should be reports @Takvera

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has visited the bushfire stricken communities in the Adelaide Hills outlining disaster recovery and short-term income assistance payments to bushfire victims, but refusing to be drawn on whether climate change has influenced bushfires. I investigate some of the recent science into the links between bushfire and climate Change for South Australia and the climate of denial being put forward by the Abbott government. You can read a report of Abbott’s visit to the fire ravaged area by Shalailah Medhora at the Guardian: Adelaide bushfires: PM announces cash payments for people left homeless. The Adelaide Hills Sampson Flat bushfire has burnt more than 12,000 hectares, with up […]

Public and Politicians gather in #Canberra to rally against #OurABC cuts: @jeevens reports

“No if’s. No buts. No ABC cuts,” chanted the crowd gathered outside Parliament House yesterday in response to the recently announced ABC and SBS funding cuts. It was the final rally in a series supporting the Our stories Our future Our ABC campaign, a joint initiative involving the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), and ABC Friends. Lovely day out at the Parliament House rally for #OurABC. Crowd gradually building. @our_abc #CBR #auspol #nofibs pic.twitter.com/TocCvOGWZu — Jeremy Stevens (@jeevens) November 25, 2014 Michael Tull (@Michtull), National President of the Community and Public Sector Union, emceed the event that kicked off at 11:30am yesterday. […]

Thousands rally worldwide to demand action on #PeoplesClimate: @takvera reports from Melbourne march

A beautiful spring day brought out the crowds to attend the Peoples Climate Melbourne rally. But a hum had been in the air that this was going to draw a large crowd. As it turns out, over 30,000 people turned up and marched from the State Library of Victoria to the Treasury Gardens through Melbourne’s streets demanding greater action on climate change . There were short speeches outside the State Library of Victoria by Labor’s Shadow Minister for the Environment, Mark Butler MP (watch video), Senator Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens (watch video), and Professor Tim Flannery of the Climate Council (watch video). Pacific Warriors also did a […]

#EnergyEfficiency Opportunities program repealed: @takvera comments

ON Thursday last week, Labor Party Senators lined up with the government, Palmer United Party and crossbench independent senators to repeal the large-scale Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program set up with bipartisan support in 2006 under the Howard Government. In a division in the Senate of 55 votes to 10, only the Greens senators opposed the dumping of this program, which had made substantial business energy savings of over $800 million and an 8.21-megatonne reduction in carbon emissions. The EEO program was recognised by the International Energy Agency as a world-class program helping businesses to save energy and a key element of the energy efficiency policy framework to address climate change. The scheme has […]

Senate Bingo! The @sarah_capper column

A whole new class of players joined the Upper House this month, and with a record number of cross-benchers – 18, including the Greens – there will be deals-a-plenty and the “spin cycle” on overdrive. Cards will be kept close to chests; cards will be put out on the table; and, as the last week has shown, cards will just as quickly be taken away. While PUP leader Clive Palmer appeals to pensioners by saying he will block the Government’s $7 GP co-payment, so that “those ladies” can “have their chocolate and go to the cinema”, let’s crunch the critical numbers with a round of ‘Senate Bingo’. [Insert archaic rolling wheel of bingo […]

If you’re feeling the ‘vibe’ Vote Green: @senatormilne speech on #WAvotes

Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens National Press Club Address, 1 April 2014 I begin by acknowledging the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and acknowledge their elders past and present. And in doing so, I commit to the constitutional recognition of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and reject immediately any question over the need to retain aboriginal history as part of our curriculum. Can you believe it, we have a national effort to close the gap between aboriginal health, education, life expectancy and the wider community and, at the same time, a Government that is set to […]