Green Left Weekly https://www.greenleft.org.au en 10 new political albums everybody ought to hear https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61871 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 28/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/952">Mat Ward</a></span></div><p><iframe src="https://social.shorthand.com/greenleftweekly/embed/32YspfyqSsc" width="100%" height="500px" style="border: none;"></iframe></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61871#comments 1096 anohni Cultural Dissent hip-hop Mat Ward music political lyrics Political Music political music 2016 political songs protest music protest music 2016 protest songs Punk Sat, 28 May 2016 12:20:23 +0000 Mat Ward 61871 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Turnbull's plan to destroy Australian literature https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61833 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 27/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/8074">John Tully</a></span></div><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/p8_turnbull.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="101" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eight short months ago, much of the population celebrated Malcolm Turnbull's ascension to power. Small-l liberals were drunk with joy and rumour has it that even some self-styled socialists joined the love-in. Turnbull was the Great White Knight who had slain the Abbott Dragon. He would turn the political rudder to the left, so we were told, and we would all live happily ever after. </p> <p>Many writers, no doubt, were also sucked in by this master of spin and his chorus of sycophants. Eight months on, the illusions of those spring days pile up like dead leaves. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61833" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61833#comments 1096 anti-corporate austerity Books books Comment and Analysis democracy economy education Fredrich Engels John Tully Karl Marx Malcolm Turnbull Productivity Commission Sat, 28 May 2016 08:55:53 +0000 kathy_f 61833 at https://www.greenleft.org.au $50 billion for submarines but only $50 million for the reef https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61834 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 27/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9321">Jon Gleu</a></span></div><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/p8_sp_three_green_turtles_great_barrier_reef_800x600.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="105" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At the start of the election campaign federal environment minister Greg Hunt came here to announce $50 million in new projects to boost water quality, including efforts to keep sediment, fertilisers and pesticides off the Great Barrier Reef. This announcement was partly to allay concerns over research showing 93% of the Reef had been bleached and dire predictions that the Reef will be dead in 25 years. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61834" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61834#comments 1096 anti-coal anti-mining Climate Comment and Analysis environmental Great Barrier Reef Greg Hunt Jon Gleu submarines Sat, 28 May 2016 08:52:52 +0000 kathy_f 61834 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Students demand an end to misogyny at Sydney University https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61839 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 27/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5357">Mia Sanders</a></span> & <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9277">Bronte Scott</a></span></div><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/p9_wesley_journal.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Students gathered outside the Wesley College gate at the University of Sydney on May 16, with their mouths taped shut, demanding the names of the editors of the 2014 <em>Wesley Journal</em>, which included a page called the “Rackweb”.</p> <p>The “Rackweb” featured in the journal as a spider diagram of intercollegiate campus “hookups”, complete with the full names of students who had reportedly had sex with other students, and referred to women named in it as “Biggest Pornstar” or “Best Ass”.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61839" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61839#comments 1096 Bronte Scott Comment and Analysis democracy human rights Mia Sanders Misogyny Resistance Young Socialist Alliance sexism University of Sydney USyd Women's Collective women's liberation youth rights Sat, 28 May 2016 08:52:19 +0000 kathy_f 61839 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Northern Territory gas pipeline “a white elephant” https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61862 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 28/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1080">Peter Robson</a></span>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/2573">Darwin</a></div><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/p4_ieefa_australia_gas_pipelines.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="115" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A report released by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis on May 19 has said that the $800 million gas pipeline planned for the Northern Territory is economically unviable, to the extent that it is described as the “whitest of white elephants”.</p> <p>The pipeline, known as the North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI), has been the crown of the NT Country Liberal Party’s economic strategy in the lead-up to the August election. The pipeline is designed to transport the vast shale gas reserves in the NT from Tennant Creek to Mt Isa for sale to the rest of the world.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61862" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61862#comments 1096 anti-mining Climate Comment and Analysis Darwin democracy economically unviable economy environmental Indigenous rights Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI) NT gas pipeline Peter Robson shale gas reserves Sat, 28 May 2016 08:51:10 +0000 kathy_f 61862 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Transitioning to what? https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61870 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 28/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1073">Peter Boyle</a></span></div><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/p2_transition.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="84" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Malcolm Turnbull Coalition government's economic spin is that they are managing a “transition” from “strong resource investment-led growth to broader-based drivers of economic activity”. </p> <p>This, it claims in the 2016 budget papers, is a transition to more “labour-intensive sectors, such as services”. Hence the Coalition's mantra: “Growth and jobs”. Sounds nice, but what does this mean for the different classes in Australia? </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61870" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61870#comments 1096 2016-2017 federal budget Comment and Analysis Fighting Fund mining Peter Boyle services transition Sat, 28 May 2016 08:31:14 +0000 kathy_f 61870 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Bowraville murders suspect to face retrial https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61838 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 27/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1111">Raul Bassi</a></span></div><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/p7_bowraville_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="93" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The land between the Clarence and Nambucca Rivers on New South Wales’ mid-north coast is Gumbaynggirr country. The Blood Rock massacre took place there in the 1880s, when police surrounded local Aboriginal people and shot them in the waters around Red Rock. A plaque reads: “Gumbaynggirr descendants, especially women, still avoid this headland. The significance of this place, and the rebirthing of our culture, will never been forgotten”. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61838" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61838#comments 1096 Australian News Bowraville murders Indigenous rights police incompetence Raul Bassi Sat, 28 May 2016 08:26:24 +0000 stuart_m 61838 at https://www.greenleft.org.au La Trobe University commits to fossil fuel divestment https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61869 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 28/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/p2la_trobe.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="140" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>La Trobe University has become the first university in Australia to commit to full divestment from fossil fuel companies.</p> <p>Vice-chancellor John Dewar said that over the next five years, La Trobe will “divest from the top 200 publicly-traded fossil fuel companies ranked by the carbon content of their fossil fuel reserves.”</p> <p>He said the University was also committed to transparency and “Accordingly, we will also disclose the carbon exposure of our investments and provide annual reports of our divestment progress over the next five years”.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61869" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61869#comments 1096 Australian News full divestment from fossil fuel companies Good news (for a change) La Trobe University Sat, 28 May 2016 08:25:26 +0000 kathy_f 61869 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Ken Loach wins Palme d'Or at Cannes https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61868 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 28/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/p2_ken_loach.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="88" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Veteran British director Ken Loach has won his second Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for <em>I, Daniel Blake</em>.</p> <p>The film is a warm and realistic drama about a middle-aged widower who, after a heart attack, can neither work nor get benefits. </p> <p>It follows his frustrations as he winds his way through an archaic system that seems designed to bring him down. </p> <p>Accepting the festival's top prize, Loach said: "We must give a message of hope, we must say another world is possible. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61868" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61868#comments 1096 Australian News Cannes Film Festival Good news (for a change) Ken Loach Palme d'Or Sat, 28 May 2016 08:16:11 +0000 kathy_f 61868 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Hundreds protest BP's Great Australian Bight project https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61867 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 28/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/855">Kerry Smith</a></span></div><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/p3_hands_across_the_bight_3.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hundreds of people lined the shores in “Hands Across the Sand” events across southern Australia on May 21 to protest BP's plans to drill for oil in the pristine waters of the Great Australian Bight. Hands are used to symbolise a barrier to oil hitting our shores. Similar events were held around the world to raise awareness of the risks posed by the offshore oil and gas industry.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61867" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61867#comments 1096 Australian News BP drilling in Great Australian Bight Great Australian Bight Alliance Hands Across the Sand Kerry Smith offshore oil oil spills Sat, 28 May 2016 08:09:19 +0000 kathy_f 61867 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Bob Brown protest charge dropped https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61866 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 28/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/p3_bob_brown_arrested.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="86" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tasmanian Police have discontinued their prosecution of former Greens leader Bob Brown, who was arrested earlier this year under controversial anti-protest laws which he went on to challenge in the High Court.</p> <p>Brown was arrested in January for standing in the way of bulldozers primed to clear forest at Lapoinya, in north west Tasmania. </p> <p>He was one of the first to be charged under the <em>Workplaces (Protection from Protestors) Act 2014</em>. </p> <p>The law is part of a controversial series of legislation, which aims at deterring protests that interrupt businesses' activities.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61866" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61866#comments 1096 Australian News Bob Brown Climate environmental High Court challenge Hobart Lapoinya north west Tasmanian forests Tasmanian Police Workplaces (Protection from Protestors) Act 2014 Sat, 28 May 2016 07:44:51 +0000 kathy_f 61866 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Bust the Budget or be Busted rally https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61865 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 28/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/p3_pensioners.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="105" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>About 100 members of Fair Go for Pensioners (FGFP) rallied in Melbourne on May 25 to call on political parties to reverse severe funding cuts to welfare, health and education in the federal budget which will condemn more pensioners and low-income families to living below the poverty line.</p> <p>FGFP president Roger Wilson said the budget focus on giving the business sector generous tax cuts came at the expense of slashing services for the most vulnerable — pensioners, low-income families, the unemployed and those fearing homelessness. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61865" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61865#comments 1096 2016-2017 federal budget austerity Australian News Education Fair Go For Pensioners funding cuts Health pensioners poverty welfare Sat, 28 May 2016 07:36:32 +0000 kathy_f 61865 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Protest against Turkish government's attack on HDP https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61863 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 28/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/p4_kurds.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="91" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sydney's Kurdish community and their supporters took to Martin Place on May 23 in a snap protest against Turkey's increasingly repressive Recep Tayyip Erdogan government after it cancelled the parliamentary immunity of progressive opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) MPs. </p> <p>This is part of a bloody war the regime has been waging against the Kurdish people since June last year. </p> <p>Socialist Alliance candidate for the federal seat of Sydney Peter Boyle addressed the rally.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61863" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61863#comments 1096 Australian News Kurdish community Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Recep Tayyip Erdogan Sydney Turkish government Sat, 28 May 2016 07:30:11 +0000 kathy_f 61863 at https://www.greenleft.org.au SA and ACT top renewables report card https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61860 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 28/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/p4_solar-australia-roof.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new Climate Council report card on the renewable energy progress of Australia's states and territories finds South Australia and the ACT are topping the class.</p> <p>NSW received the worst grade due to its low and falling percentage of renewable energy, no renewable energy target and low levels of rooftop solar.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61860" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61860#comments 1096 Australian News Climate Climate Council report card environmental renewable electricity renewable energy rooftop solar Sat, 28 May 2016 07:04:39 +0000 kathy_f 61860 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Country Women's Association in favour of equal marriage https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61859 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 28/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/p4_cwa_equal_marriage.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Victorian branch of the Country Women's Association (CWA) has voted in support of marriage equality at their latest conference.</p> <p>The CWA's decision contrasts with its conservative image and defies stereotypes of rural communities as being less accepting of LGBTIQ people.</p> <p>The motion was titled "That the CWA of Victoria Inc advocates for equality for all Australians under the Commonwealth Marriage Act".</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61859" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61859#comments 1096 Australian News Country Women's Association (CWA) equal marriage rights Sat, 28 May 2016 06:58:58 +0000 kathy_f 61859 at https://www.greenleft.org.au