Alex Bainbridge

More than 20,000 people attended the fourth congress of the left-wing People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey on February 23, reports Alex Bainbridge from Ankara. 

More people are saying “politics is broken” and it is not hard to see why. But, as Alex Bainbridge argues, fixing the situation will require breaking the enormous power fossil fuel corporations have over the major parties.

A protest was held outside Brisbane's Immigration Detention Centre on February 8 to highlight the inadequate medical treatment and other care being given to refugees brought to Australia from Manus Island and Nauru, reports Alex Bainbridge.

Alex Bainbridge reports more than 400 people marched through the streets of Brisbane on February 1 against Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s religious discrimnation bill.

Extinction Rebellion organised a small but lively disruption of the opening of Queensland state parliament on February 4, reports Alex Bainbridge.

Around 250 people rallied in Brisbane on January 24 around the slogan "Sack Scomo, Fund firies". This was the third such rally in three weeks, though smaller than the first two. The passionate march featured a large number of home made signs, a march through the Queen St mall and a sit down in Adelaide Street.

More photos on the Green Left .

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is fond of saying that Australia only produces 1.3% of global greenhouse emissions. He says this to bolster his climate denialist position that his government does not need to take a lead on cutting carbon emissions. This position is fundamentally wrong.

News that the Austrian Greens with the hard-right People’s Party to form a coalition government should be a wake-up call to progressives everywhere.

Uncle Wayne Wharton told Green Left that the federal Coalition government are hypocrites for spending millions of dollars marking James Cook’s 1770 landing on the east coast. He said First Nations communities are “totally insulted” by the millions of dollars being spent on the celebrations.

Louay Alzaher, a member of the Iraqi community in Brisbane, told Green Left Weekly that corruption, food shortages and high levels of unemployment have been the catalysts of the protest movement that has erupted in Iraq.

“The significance of the Iraqi movement is enormous, as it seeks to fight for the freedom of Iraq from control and influence, including the total removal of United States military bases from the country,” said Alzaher.

End toxic systems

A snap action was held on December 5 after three activists were denied bail after they were arrested for peacefully protesting on a coal train the day before.

The ongoing bushfire emergency is the reality of climate change. This was the message of the Brisbane solidarity sit-down.

All the speakers - including a fire-fighter, a mother who lost her home to fire, an Aboriginal person from Gumbaynggirr country - spoke about the effects of the fires. Aunty Deb Sandy gave a passionate Welcome to Country.

An Iraq solidarity protest in Brisbane on November 23.

Millions of Iraqis are protesting an economic system that is delivering a spike in unemployment, corruption but has failed to deliver basic services, such as electricity.

 

Meanjin (Brisbane) march of around 1000 people on November 13 to campaign against Black deaths in custody, to say #JusticeForWalker and #IStandWithYuendumu.

The Refugee Action Collective organised a protest in Brisbane on November 9 to save the Medevac bill. The Medevac legislation applies to around 600 refugees in PNG and Nauru. It means that refugees who need medical care can receive it without political interference. The government plans to repeal the bill but doesn't seem to have the numbers to do so at this point.

Elections ahead

The proposed law will raise the amount of government funding political parties receive for campaigning purposes while placing tighter restrictions on individual and third-party donations.

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