Photo Gallery: #CSIROcuts #SupportCSIRO rally in Melbourne photos by @takvera

In a sea of white balloons with the message in blue, ‘Save CSIRO Jobs’, about 500 people rallied in Melbourne in support of CSIRO staff to protest the staff cuts announced by CEO Larry Marshall in early February. Many of the 350 job cuts will go from the Atmosphere and Oceans Division, and the Land and Water division. Both of these areas specialise in climate change research, key for projecting changes enabling adaptation strategies to be worked out. The rally was organised by the CSIRO Staff Association, a section of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU). See background article: Climate science staff cuts #CSIROcuts labelled as science vandalism Speakers […]

Climate science staff cuts #CSIROcuts labelled as science vandalism reports @takvera

The announced staff cuts and restructure announced by CSIRO CEO Larry Marshall have been labelled as science vandalism and an abandonment of Australia’s scientific commitments under the Paris Agreement signed by Australia less than 2 months ago. Australian climate science is essential for collecting data and provide good modelling and projections for Australia’s variable but warming climate for agricultural, economic and health impacts. It is also vital for studying the southern hemisphere impacts of a changing Antarctica and Southern Ocean on the global climate. Our climate research from the southern hemisphere is highly important to global research programs and climate models. Updated details: Climate scientists stage a very civil protest […]

Stung: Abbott #CSIRO budget cuts halt #Queensland marine stinger forecasting research reports @Takvera

Jellyfish, jellyfish. I hope you love jellyfish! We are creating just the right conditions in our oceans for more jellyfish, including the deadly species of Box jellyfish and Irukandji. We are changing our marine environment giving an advantage to jellyfish over the fish we love to catch and eat, and also giving jellyfish a chance to roam further with warming sea surface temperatures due to climate change. Some of those jellyfish are also very venomous and can deliver lethal stings requiring emergency treatment and hospitalisation that cost our health system and the reputation of our tourism industry. Australian marine scientists have developed a proto-type method for Northern Queensland for forecasting […]

A son’s endless political conversation with activist elder @GrattonWilson, AO MSc 1929-2014: @BenGrant58

  “A couple of weeks back one of my sons dropped by for a few days and introduced me to Twitter,” wrote Gratton Wilson in his debut article for No Fibs. “Turned out it was like taking on a new job,” he observed. In the three years since, this scientist and activist, who died on June 7, 2014, garnered a devoted following for his clear arguments and common sense on climate change, compassion for asylum seekers and progressive politics. Along the way he put many noses out of joint. Job well done, it could be said. Desperate asylum seekers all over the world will never stop getting on to leaky boats. […]

#CSG: Conspiracies, mouthpieces and independence: Mark Anning @1earthmedia reports

By Mark Anning On 28 July 2013, the oil and gas industry peak body – Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) – issued a press release, stating: “The recent coal seam gas episode of ABC 2’s Shitsville Express was a pleasant surprise – a balanced piece of reporting on coal seam gas.” Shitsville Express is hosted by Joe Hildebrand, who, according to his Daily Telegraph Google blurb, writes ‘opinion commentary’. Is Joe Hildebrand an opinion commentator? A comedian? Is he a PR man? Or is he a journalist – as described by his Daily Telegraph bio –  bound by the MEAA journalists’ code of ethics? The day after Shitsville […]

Bennelong candidates forum: @preciouspress reports

By Jack Sumner 31 August 2013 Seven of the eight candidates were on stage for a public forum organised by the Northern District Times this week. Missing was DLP candidate Lachlan McCaffrey, who plays rugby for Eastwood and was training in preparation for Shute Shield finals this weekend. His father Simon, the DLP Senate candidate, came of the bench to replace him. Each spoke for four minutes followed by 80 minutes of questions from the floor. The impressions and opinions given below are based on listening twice to each candidate’s introductory presentation and their responses to questions. Lindsay Peters (Greens) strongly advocated his party’s policies on refugees, action on climate change, […]

Time for policy meat from the incoming Abbott government, but how can we get it?

by Margo Kingston 19 August 2013 It’s over for Labor. I knew it intellectually when I saw Rudd steal from the Coalition the Northern Australia policy Labor had already destroyed, then hold up a bottle of vegemite to scare voters about a GST Abbott had convincingly ruled out in his first term. I felt it when I read Labor election campaign strategists telling Rudd via Peter Hartcher how he should change his tactics. So that’s that then. For those progressives who engage with and care about politics it’s time to drown sorrows, go on holidays or shred your humanity playing blame games or clawing members of the winning team. For the media, […]

Labor’s Robyn Walsh believes voters in Indi will be ignored until Mirabella’s seat turns marginal

By Wayne Jansson 6 August 2013 Wayne Jansson interviews Robyn Walsh – farmer, businesswoman and ALP candidate for Sophie Mirabella’s seat of Indi.  Q- What were you doing before becoming involved in politics? A- I’m a farmer. I’ve been living at Yarck for 15 years and I run a beef business. We’ve got 60 Angus breeders and have a bed and breakfast cottage as well, and a berry patch. Prior to that I was a teacher. I taught adult migrants English as a second language. Q- Why are you running in the seat of Indi, and what do you think is the most important issue facing its residents? A- I’m running because […]

Why do we believe what we do about boat people: @GrattonWilson reflects

By Gratton Wilson I have been following the debate about asylum refugees attempting to come to Australia by boats organised by ‘people smugglers’ on Twitter and associated documents. I was particularly attracted to a comment about the embedded cultural attitude we appear to still have towards people who we judge to be different. This made me think about other factors that may have gone to forming my own attitude to this issue. I was conscious of attitudes of Australians to Chinese people in the early 1930s because we lived opposite a Chinese market garden on the river flats opposite our home. We bought vegetables there every week and so we kids […]

A letter on our future from activist elder @GrattonWilson

Margo: Recently someone with a wise face followed me and interacted in an interesting way. I asked him to write for me and this is his response. I’ve made it part 3 of our series on new political activists, although he has been active his whole life. This piece is a new manifestation, and I’m crossing fingers Mr Wilson will agree to be @NoFibs climate change election reporter. By Gratton Wilson June 09, 2013 A few years back my wife let me play with her computer after I spent some time at the local TAFE, learning how the thing worked. That made it a whole lot easier to write letters to the local paper, usually commenting on […]