Category: News

Apr 04 2014

Why the WA re-election matters

Western Australia will go back to the polls tomorrow for a rerun of last year’s Senate election (due to the count having been bungled in that state). The re-election will be critical in deciding the makeup of the new Senate from July this year, and is a key opportunity for the Greens. To pass legislation …

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Mar 28 2014

Senate inquiry bogged down in party lines

A Senate inquiry into the Australian Government’s proposed climate Direct Action Plan reported on Wednesday. The report says nothing new, and I’m fed up with the inane narrow positions which each of the three parties has manoeuvred themselves into. First, the good news. The main report, authored by Labor Senators Lin Thorp, Louise Pratt, and …

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Mar 25 2014

If 100,000 protest and few report it, did they make a sound?

Last weekend I participated in the March in March (MiM): on the order of 100,000 Australians marching in 33 locations around the nation to express our dissatisfaction with the Abbott government. My dissatisfaction increased when the mainstream media largely ignored, downplayed, or ridiculed the protests. This will be an extremely long and heavily illustrated post, …

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Mar 14 2014

Tasmania needs a Greens opposition

Tomorrow, Tasmanians and South Australians will go to the polls for their respective state elections. In both cases the Liberals are expected to gain government, but the Tasmanian election may present an unexpected opportunity for the Greens. The Tasmanian situation is reminiscent of last year’s federal election, pitting an unpopular governing coalition of Labor (led …

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Feb 27 2014

CCA goes out with a whimper

Australia’s independent Climate Change Authority (CCA) today released the final report of its emissions targets review. It should be obvious to everyone that the Abbott Liberal government will ignore this report. They are trying to pass legislation to abolish the CCA, and are unwinding all the (already weak) policies of the former Labor government. They …

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Feb 26 2014

Abbott has no long-term drought policy

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today announced a $320 million drought relief package, but it fails to account for the long-term climate change that is drying out Australia. Many rural areas of Australia have been in drought for 16-22 months. 70% of Queensland is now in drought; much of northern NSW and southwest WA is …

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Feb 19 2014

Abbott stacks RET review panel

As Australia suffers through a drought which Prime Minister Tony Abbott insists is entirely natural, the Liberal/National Coalition government has announced a review of the federal Renewable Energy Target (RET), which “a senior Liberal” told the ABC is “cover” for “let’s kill the RET”. Australia’s current target is 45 terawatt-hours (TWh) of new renewable energy …

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Feb 17 2014

New legislation tries to criminalize protest

In the Australian state of Victoria, the Napthine Liberal government is pushing draconian legislation to restrict citizens’ right to protest. The Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill would expand police powers to order people to “move on” from a public place. It introduces new circumstances in which move-on orders can be issued, including some which …

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Feb 11 2014

Global warming not slowing – it’s speeding up

The Earth is gaining heat faster than ever In 2013 the Earth’s oceans accumulated energy at a rate of 12 Hiroshima atomic bombs per second, according to global ocean heat content records from the US National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC). This rapid heating in 2013 compares to an average of 4 Hiroshima bombs per second …

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Feb 02 2014

Great Barren Reef: the cost of coal exports

On Friday the Abbott government approved the dumping of three million cubic metres of dredged seabed in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. That’s enough waste to fill 150,000 dump trucks. This outrage is occurring because of a planned coal export boom. Environment Minister Greg Hunt quietly approved the dredging in December while you were …

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