Hastie solar forum no show while #CanningVotes talks renewable energy: @Jackthelad1947 reports

The Australian Solar Council held a Save Solar Forum at Mandurah Bowling and Recreation Club on Sunday. As the national voice of the solar industry they have invested more than $60,000 into the Canning by-election in an effort to save jobs and cut power bills for the people of Canning. The Solar Council says that because the Federal Government is targeting the solar industry by slashing the Renewable Energy Target (RET) they will support any political party with a good solar policy. A number of federal politicians were invited but did not attend: Prime Minister Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) Oppostiton Leader Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt (@GregHuntMP) Mark Butler […]

Civil liberties councils bring #Citizenfour to Canberra. @jeevens reports.

There’s a nagging sensation in your gut when you watch Citizenfour. The BAFTA award-winning documentary by Laura Poitras is an exploration of the modern surveillance state, the Five Eyes Alliance (of which Australia is a part), and the Edward Snowden revelations, and the concerns it raises – particularly for those who haven’t been following the NSA leaks – will leave you reeling, significantly numb, and likely terrified. Citizenfour primarily follows journalist Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald), documentary producer/director Poitras, and Edward Snowden himself from the moment Snowden first makes contact. Told through excerpts of encrypted e-mails, voiceovers, and footage of their discussions in Snowden’s hotel room in Hong Kong, we’re given an […]

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. […]

Melbourne #OurABC rally in pictures by @takvera and @Jansant