Coal train delayed for 6 hours due to #leardblockade civil-disobedience reports @takvera

The Leardblockade continues with more coal trains being stopped from transporting coal from Whitehaven and Idemitsu mines to Newcastle port for export in an act of peaceful civil disobedience. Environment Officer Anisa Rogers (23), student Linah Winoto (20) and Horticulturalist Jim Kremar (33) occupied a coal train locomotive, stopping all coal trains from reaching the port of Newcastle, shutting down the coal transport line for 6 hours. Front Line Action on Coal spokesperson, Jason McLean, said of the action that “civil disobedience would not stop until the Government puts the well-­being of its citizens ahead of that of big business.” The media statement outlines that “Coal production continues to expand […]

Standoff as #LoveMakesAWay holds #refugee vigil at @peterdutton_mp’s office: @Jansant reports

  A STANDOFF is underway at the Strathpine, Queensland, electorate office of federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton. Christian leaders from various denominations entered Dutton’s office at 11am and began a prayer vigil, with a group of around 25 people protesting outside. The group has asked the minister to respond to a request for the immediate removal of refugee children from immigration detention, both onshore and offshore. Police are at the scene. The action is part of the #LoveMakesAWay movement, which has seen religious leaders hold prayer vigils in the offices of government ministers around the country. Spokesperson Pastor David Busch told No Fibs: “We have asked the minister to make a response […]

‘Not a criminal in the classic sense’: @DrRimmer on the sentencing of Jono Moylan #leardblockade #standwithjono

  ON July 25, 2014, Justice David Davies sentenced Jonathan Moylan at the Supreme Court of New South Wales for a breach of section 1041E (1) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). The ruling is a careful and deliberate decision, showing equipoise. Justice Davies has a reputation for being a thoughtful and philosophical adjudicator. The judge convicted and sentenced Moylan to imprisonment for 1 year and 8 months. The judge ordered that Moylan be “immediately released upon giving security by way of recognisance in the sum of $1000 to be of good behaviour for a period of 2 years commencing today”. On January 7, 2013, Moylan issued a hoax press […]

Seaspray Victoria campaigners #lockthegate: @CounterActOz reports

The little room was overflowing so we moved. Packed up chairs and shuffled them into the basketball auditorium. It was a pretty good turnout for a tiny town like Seaspray, Victoria – population 300. As we sat there – the basketball court festooned with Australian flags – I wondered how many of these kinds of meetings have happened across the country. Small country townspeople with little involvement previously in politics having to meet. Dealing with the idea of being arrested for defending their farms. The group seemed intrigued and partly in shock as I started talking about direct action. I told them what it involved and about how quickly we would need to be ready […]

Civil rights and wrongs at #leardblockade: @adropex comments

[clear] [clear] Most Australians would take for granted that in a democracy such as ours certain human rights and freedoms are a given. In fact, the Australian constitution is limited in its articulation of human rights to the point of barely referencing them. We do not have an equivalent to the United States Bill of Rights and we do not have a First Amendment, which guarantees freedoms with respect to religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. As a founding member of the United Nations, Australia participated in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and is signatory to various other international human rights treaties. Most […]

Off the rails with @margokingston1 at #BentleyBlockade: @mickdaley1 interview

Dean Sewell and Margo Kingston at #BentleyBlockade (At the time of the interview on April 30 the #BentleyBlockade was the subject of shouting matches in NSW Parliament as the Labor Opposition Party belatedly tackled new Premier Mike Baird over his plans to unleash riot police on thousands of peaceful farmers and townies. Senior police had confirmed that a riot squad deployment of up to 700 fully kitted out storm-troopers would arrive soon. Social and local print media was roaring with anger at this affront to democracy, food and water security.) Underneath a small marquee in the heart of the Bentley anti-coal seam gas protest camp I’m sipping lime cordial with […]

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 […]

Civil disobedience and the #leardblockade: @adropex comments

[clear]   It was in January, whilst on a family beach holiday, that I first became aware of the protest happening at the Leard State Forest. I had not heard of the Leard before, however the words ‘Maules Creek’ and ‘Whitehaven’ vaguely floated into my consciousness as I read a Twitter report of the action happening at the Leard Blockade. I became interested and continued to follow the events as they unfolded over the next few days. Days have turned into weeks and weeks into months. At the time I read that first report I had no idea that I had become a small but vital piece in a process […]

Climate change civil disobedience and the law: @GriffithElects reports

  Anyone planning an act of civil disobedience should make themselves aware of all the possible legal risks they are taking. On Thursday evening, April 10, legal experts from the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University and from the Institute of Ethics, Governments and Law at Griffith University, presented a documentary about a young American man who became known as ‘Bidder 70’ when he took civil disobedience action to prevent the sale of wilderness land for use by the fossil fuel industry. The panel chairperson, Professor Brendan Mackey, director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program, kicked-off the evening when he said: “I am a scientist not […]