A Eureka Stockade moment? Your #BentleyBlockade brief before NSW Police ‘Operation Stapler’

[clear] [clear]Northern Rivers communities unite against government-endorsed gas mining frenzy In protest against the mining frenzy that is gripping the country, the community-led non-violent blockade at Bentley in the Northern Rivers of NSW is emerging as one of the largest social uprisings the country has witnessed. The blockade of the drill site, which began almost four months ago in response to the planned tight sands gas mining of prime agricultural land, has grown steadily in size with thousands of people, from all walks of life, regularly attending. From landholders to professionals and doctors to academics, writers, teachers, Mayors and Indigenous elders, grandparents and even members of the Clergy – the […]

Why Australians should care about World Press Freedom Day: @journlaw

Readers of NoFibs reap the rewards of citizen journalists expressing their news and views with a high level of free expression by world standards. So why should Australians care about media freedom on World Press Freedom Day 2014? Quite simply, because it is a ‘fragile freedom’ – continually under threat and only noticed by most people once they have lost it. Just ask any of the refugees who have fled to Australia over the past century from regimes that have robbed them of their human rights. One of their first responses is typically that they love their new home country because it is ‘free’ and they can express themselves freely here. When […]

Twitterchat today on next moves for CARE (Citizens Against Rorting of Entitlements)

By Rosie Williams Source: infoaus.net 11 November 2013 It is going to be a big week leading into the return to parliament. On Tuesday night 12th from 8pm DST (7pm QLD) I will be running the second #BudgetAus Twitter chat focusing again on the rorts. This is the day our new parliament sits for the first time so it is bound to be an interesting evening. There are 96 responses to the CARE (Citizens Against Rorting of Entitlements) survey. The answers are not mutually exclusive of one another so it is not the case that because more people voted for one option that another option is not also important.  It is safe to say […]

Citizens Against Rorting of Entitlements (CARE) Policy Response Survey, by @budget_aus

By Rosie Williams 1 November 2013 Source: InfoAus What do you, I and US Secretary of State John Kerry have in common? We are all protagonists of grassroots activism. You can’t have democracy without the demos and I heard John Kerry tell of the grassroots activism leading to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency this morning during his hookup livestreamed to theOpen Government Partnership Summit. To begin with I wasn’t sure what a ‘Plenary Session’ was or if this was for me, but as the event unfolded I heard from an Estonian who created legislative change through crowdsourced policy consultations, a Romanian who cut down on the nepotism rampant in government hiring […]

Walking Away

Mr Abbott, where the bloody hell are you?

  [gigya src=”http://www.clocklink.com/clocks/9002e-red.swf” flashvars=”TimeZone=GMT1100&From=2010,8,16,21,30,59&Title=ON THE RUN” width=”320″ height=”20″ wmode=”transparent” ]   By Luke Mansillo March 23, 2013 Source: @mansillo I have decided to submit a video question to Q&A. It’s quite rare for me to take such drastic steps such as engaging with actual pollies but this is something I felt I needed to get to the bottom of. Today, 23 March 2013, marks 950 days since Tony Abbott was on Q&A. the country’s favourite TV show for raking pollies over the hot coals. In no other setting can the public sit a MP down and apply rigorous questioning for an hour. The man is in prime position to be our […]