Category: News

Nov 12 2014

Report on Bendigo climate election forum

I was involved in running an election candidate forum yesterday. The following report was prepared by Sue Wight. A State Election Forum on Climate was held in Bendigo on Tuesday November 11. Bendigo straddles two electorates, Bendigo East and Bendigo West and falls into the upper house region of Northern Victoria. Candidate attendance was as …

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Nov 10 2014

Abbott sabotages RET, Palmer greenwashes ERF

It’s been a depressing three weeks for Australian climate policy. Abbott kills large-scale renewables On 22 October, the Abbott government announced it would seek to persuade the Senate to slash the 2020 large-scale renewable energy target (LRET) from 41,000 to 26,000 GWh. Renewables will be allowed to meet no more than 50% of new energy …

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Oct 20 2014

No country for young people (or almost anyone else)

As far as the government is concerned, the adults are back in charge. – Tony Abbott Australians were shocked this week when New Matilda revealed leaked emails from Barry Spurr, an “expert” consultant on the Australian government’s national curriculum review. I have been saying for years that the Liberals have a barely concealed contempt for …

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Sep 15 2014

Australian protest crackdowns ramp up

It’s been a bad week for activists in Queensland, with the Liberal National state government making rapid-fire attacks on their political rights. Firstly, activists Aleta Tulk and Adam Brooker were handed a three-month good behaviour bond for chalking on a Cairns footpath: “G20 benefits the 1%”. Tulk has no criminal history and says she will …

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Sep 05 2014

Anti-protest laws come into effect

Here’s a video about Victoria’s anti-protest laws, which came into effect this week: These laws have been introduced by the so-called “Liberal Party” whose ideology is supposed to be all about protecting our freedoms, including free speech. The laws prove that despite their rhetoric, the Liberals do not really care about political freedoms. They care only about the economic freedom of …

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Jul 03 2014

Palmer’s $0 carbon price will achieve zero

We Australians are more confused than ever about climate policy, according to a new poll – and who can blame us? Clive Palmer’s latest announcement has confused everyone, but don’t be fooled: Palmer’s policies, like those of the major parties, won’t achieve much. Ever since his election last September, Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott has …

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May 20 2014

Bust the budget to avert a less equal Australia

On Sunday I marched with tens of thousands of Australians against the Abbott government’s first budget. Why are we so angry? Because this budget continues Abbott’s agenda of protecting the rich, the privileged, and the powerful, at the expense of the poor, disadvantaged, and powerless. I’ll start by debunking the justification offered for this agenda …

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May 02 2014

Abbott unveils slash-and-burn agenda… and a new tax!

This week Australia’s Liberal/National Coalition government has made two bombshell announcements that reveal their election-winning campaign was a con trick. Firstly, Prime Minister Tony Abbott revealed that his government is considering a GREAT BIG NEW TAX to help repay the national debt. The “debt levy” would be set at 1% for income earners between $80,000 …

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Apr 26 2014

Palmer’s revolt leaves Abbott with no climate policy

Australian coal mining billionaire politician Clive Palmer announced on Tuesday that his party’s Senators will vote against the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), the Abbott government’s proposed replacement for the carbon price it wants to repeal. Palmer wants the promised ERF funding to be redirected to pensions, and says he is even prepared to block budget …

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Apr 06 2014

Protest votes, mandates, and entitlement

Last night I watched the ABC TV coverage of the Western Australian re-election count. It was an interesting result. With 68.7% of the vote counted, the governing Liberal/National Coalition won 36.8% (a swing of -7.5%), Labor 21.8% (-4.8%), Greens 15.9% (+6.4%), Palmer United 12.5% (+7.5%), and others 13.0% (-1.6%). In other words, there were significant …

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