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Climate Camp shuts down Dendrobium coal mine - Sunday AM

Thu, 2009/10/15 - 11:48pm
7.05am. Currently,  four people from Climate Camp 2009 have scaled
and locked themselves onto the coal conveyor belt at the Dendrobium
coal mine near Helensburgh, NSW.

WA to introduce unprecedented powers to stop and search

Tue, 2009/10/13 - 10:13pm
From the newswire: OCTOBER 13, 2009 - WA Police will be given unprecedented powers to stop and search people under a new plan unveiled by Premier Colin Barnett. The new legislation, set to be introduced into parliament in coming weeks, means police can now stop and search people and vehicles in designated areas without having to prove reasonable suspicion that a crime has taken place. Barnett will also move to scrap Labor's cannabis laws and introduce tougher legislation within a fortnight, along with tough new 'anti-graffiti' laws. See Perth Indy stories: Tough Cannabis Laws || Tough Graffiti

Peace Activist appears in Court.

Tue, 2009/10/13 - 11:48am
Christian peace activist Tyler Culpepper appeared in the Manukau District court yesterday charged with wilful damage and being unlawfully on a building. These charges were a result of a protest action in January this in which Tyler altered the front of an arms component factory so it said “Rakon Kills”. Tyler had taken this action to express his deeply held opposition against Israel’s invasion of GAZA. The January invasion resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians, the targeting of civilian infrastructure and the widespread bombing of heavily populated areas.

Barnett to introduce tougher anti-marijuana laws for WA

Tue, 2009/10/13 - 11:34am
From the newswire: October 13, 2009 - WA's current marijuana laws are about to change. Premier Colin Barnett says the cannabis-related legislation was the first in a series of steps the Government would take to send a clear anti-drugs message to the community and toughen penalties for people who broke the law through drug-related offences. See govt media release The new cannabis-related laws will: - Prosecute those in possession of more than 10g of cannabis - See subsequent offences for possession being prosecuted as criminal offences. - Prosecute people for cultivating cannabis plants. Under

Australian government accused of disempowering Aboriginal peoples

Fri, 2009/10/09 - 8:23pm
October 9, 2009 - From the newswire: Aboriginal elder Richard Downs accuses the Australian government of racisim: "The NT Emergency Response (NTER) measures have disempowered Aboriginal people. The suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act has taken away our rights. It has taken away our land rights, our ownership and control. We have no say in the running of our communities or lands. There is no self-determination..." Ampilatwatja walk-off against NT Intervention - Youtube video Leading human rights lawyer Julian Burnside, QC, says the federal government must rework or scrap racist elements

ACC cuts funding for sexual abuse counseling

Wed, 2009/10/07 - 9:48am
From October 27 ACC is changing its criteria for covering the cost of counseling for survivors of sexual abuse. Under the new criteria, survivors will only be eligible for ACC covered counseling if they have been diagnosed as having a mental injury, as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV.

Climate emergency: sitdown protest outside Prime Minister's Sydney office

Mon, 2009/10/05 - 1:48pm
A Climate Emergency rally in Sydney on Saturday June 13 drew more than 2000 people to hear speakers at Millers Point then a march to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's city office for a symbolic sitdown protest.

Daring climate change protest at aluminium smelter

Mon, 2009/10/05 - 1:48pm
Climate change protestors have halted production in Australia’s largest aluminium smelter by attaching themselves to a weigh bridge that is a pinch-point of the operation.

Deaths in custody: Gov to keep prisoner transport contract

Wed, 2009/09/30 - 10:13pm
30 September 2009 - From the newswire: The WA Government has officially responded to the coroner's findings in the case of Mr Ward, who died of heatstroke in a prisoner transport vehicle. The WA coroner said the Aboriginal elder's death in searing desert heat was a disgrace, as the van was "not fit for humans". But the Government has decided not terminate the contract of the private company which transported Mr Ward. The Deaths In Custody Watch Committee WA says Group 4 and GSL staff have contributed to the deaths of six people in Australia. The committee's Marc Newhouse says the contract

It's not on Roxon

Sun, 2009/09/27 - 10:48am
Nicola Roxon’s Media release - 'National Campaign Targets Illicit Drugs', with my comments.

Pittsburgh Indymedia meluncurkan media G-Infinity untuk KTT G-20

Sat, 2009/09/26 - 6:19am

Pittsburgh Indymedia meluncurkan media G-Infinity untuk KTT G-20, untuk menyatukan suara-suara akar rumput dan isu-isu yang terkait dengan kebijakan G-20 dari sudut pandang masyarakat luas.

G-20 KTT menyatukan para pemimpin nasional dari 19 negara besar yang mengendalikan 85% dari kekayaan dunia untuk menetapkan kebijakan ekonomi dunia. Apakah ini sebuah forum demokratis untuk keputusan-keputusan yang mempengaruhi seluruh 203 negara dan 6,7 miliar orang di dunia? Pittsburgh, sebagai kota tuan rumah, dinyatakan sukses dalam pemulihan ekonomi, dan ekonomi hijau.

Pittsburgh Independent Media

Open letter to the ACF and Labor

Sat, 2009/09/26 - 4:51am
From the newswire: Racism can't win climate justice - Population is not to blame for climate change. We are shocked and angered that the ACF has supported Labor MP Kelvin Thompson's calls to cut Australia's migration rates. These proposals pander to racism and offer no solution to environmental degradation. They divert attention away from the real cause of environmental disaster - government inaction and corporate polluters. Population is not cause of pollution and carbon emissions. In Australia, current total household electricity usage is around 12% of total electricity usage. Over 80% of

Explosive Expression Approaches

Fri, 2009/09/25 - 12:48pm
Creative resistance against colonial and state oppression will be celebrated in Wellington with an art exhibition and auction at Thistle Hall Gallery, Cuba Street in Wellington. October 15th Solidarity invites everyone to Explosive Expression.

No to Government internet censorship - Take Action

Wed, 2009/09/23 - 11:24pm
23 September 09 - From the newswire: It's decision time for the Government on internet censorship - with results from their flawed trial due any day now. The GETUP campaigning group say "now is the time to make it clear how deeply unpopular this scheme is. Already over 100,000 Australians have signed one of the largest petitions in our history... we're displaying our petition in a massive ad that can't be missed in The Australian across the nation this Friday." Add your name today, before GetUp go to print: Add Your Name To Save The Net... The Government admits it has no criteria to determine

Employer militancy grows: NDU Bridgeman lockout picket tommorow at 6AM

Wed, 2009/09/16 - 9:48pm
Please note there is another picket at 6am on Thursday 17th at Bridgeman Plant, 55 Crooks Road, East Tamaki. Police presence likely as we block cement trucks again.

INSTITUTIONAL RACISM KILLS

Wed, 2009/09/16 - 10:37am
UPDATE: PHOTOS by Desire: 1 | 2 | 3 | FROM JOHN PAT...TO MR WARD The Deaths in Custody Watch Committee of WA with Curtin University and Amnesty International invite you to a public forum on Institutional Racism. Wed 16 Sept, 6-9pm PERTH TOWN HALL. See: deathsincustodywatch.org.au In 1983 a sixteen year-old boy, John Pat, died from a broken skull at Roebourne jail. The death sparked national outrage and finally a Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was announced. To the nation's shame further deaths have occurred on a regular basis.Twenty five years later, in 2008, Mr. Ward, a