Green Left Weekly https://www.greenleft.org.au en 'Citizen scientists' force VicForests to halt logging https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61705 <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, 06/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/482">Ben Courtice</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/p10sylvia_creek_2011_protest_3_ben_courtice.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="105" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Volunteer conservationists forced a last minute stay of execution for a section of forest near Toolangi that they had shown was home to the critically endangered Leadbeater's possum, which VicForests contractors were due to clearfell within days.</p> <p>Despite <a target="_blank" href=" https://www.facebook.com/VICWOTCH/?fref=ts">finding evidence of the possum in mid-April</a>, posted as a video on facebook, “citizen scientists” monitoring logging operations were alarmed on May 4 to find the Imperium logging coupe where the possum was found was due to commence logging any day.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61705" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61705#comments 1094 anti-corporate Australian News Ben Courtice Climate Department of Environment environmental Greens MLC Samantha Dunn Land & Planning Leadbeater's possum Sylvia Creek Toolangi VicForests Fri, 06 May 2016 07:19:09 +0000 pip.hinman 61705 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Sydney celebrates May Day https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61704 <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, 06/05/2016</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/p10_may_day.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="93" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>May Day is a historically significant day for our class: without unions we would not have any rights on the job. These are under attack today and on May Day we were there to defend our penalty rates, our unions' right to organise against Turnbull's new construction police (ABCC), against racism and for peace, justice and for an ecologically sustainable future.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61704" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61704#comments 1094 anti-corporate civil liberties democracy economy Ken Canning May Day march Socialist Alliance workers' rights & unions Fri, 06 May 2016 06:46:40 +0000 pip.hinman 61704 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Protesters race to save Medicare https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61703 <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, 06/05/2016</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/p6medicare.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="93" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Trade unionists and activists from the Save Medicare Campaign held a snap lunchtime rally in Sydney on May 5, which featured a "Race To Save Medicare". </p> <p>Three patients were in the race while a dark-suited Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tried to disrupt the race and steal their Medicare cards. They highlighted the charges patients will be hit with for various medical tests from July this year under a Coalition government. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61703" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61703#comments 1094 anti-corporate austerity Australian News Brett Holmes civil liberties health NSW Nurses Association Save Medicare Campaign Fri, 06 May 2016 06:15:30 +0000 pip.hinman 61703 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Massive boost needed to meet Renewable Energy Target https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61702 <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, 06/05/2016</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/p6_solar-and-wind.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="140" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to a new report Australia will have to increase the pace of large-scale renewable energy development sevenfold to reach its Renewable Energy Target (RET) this year.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61702" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61702#comments 1094 anti-corporate Australian News Australian Wind Alliance democracy economy Kerry Smith renewable energy Renewable Energy Target (RET) Fri, 06 May 2016 06:03:40 +0000 pip.hinman 61702 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Vale John Kaye: defender of public education and renewables https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61701 <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, 06/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/716">Hall Greenland</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/p6_john_kaye.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 conspicuous absence from the weekend No Coal protests in Newcastle will be Greens MP John Kaye.</p> <p>He would have certainly been there but for his sudden death on May 2 aged 60 of bone cancer. His death has robbed us all of an incomparable champion of the environment and the public interest. </p> <p>John was widely known as the author of a plan to convert NSW to 100% renewable energy by 2030 and as the staunchest parliamentary champion of public education in the country. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61701" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61701#comments 1094 anti-corporate civil liberties Climate Comment and Analysis education Hall Greenland Fri, 06 May 2016 05:25:29 +0000 pip.hinman 61701 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Damning interim report finds fracking is toxic, unsustainable https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61700 <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, 06/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1093">Pip Hinman</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/p11_campbelltown-csg-tour-2-of-20-1024x684.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="94" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Senator Glenn Lazarus’s 117-page <a target="_blank" href="http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Gasmining/Gasmining/Interim_Report">interim Senate report on unconventional gas mining in Australia</a> was released on May 4. It makes a case for much tighter federal control of the industry and the public resources it has access to, but does not recommend its closure.</p> <p>If anything the report underscores the need for a royal commission into the toxic industry that relies on commercial in confidence provisions to get away with poisoning people and the environment. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61700" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61700#comments 1094 anti-corporate Australian News coal seam gas coal seam gas democracy economy Pip Hinman Senate Select Committee into unconventional gas mining Senator Glenn Lazarus Fri, 06 May 2016 05:20:14 +0000 pip.hinman 61700 at https://www.greenleft.org.au New campaign to protect swift parrot https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61699 <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, 06/05/2016</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/p12_parrot_demmo.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 Bob Brown Foundation launched a new website, SaveBrunyIsland.org, on May 3 with a peaceful demonstration outside Hobart’s Parliament House. Conservationists held placards of the swift parrot, with an image drawn by cartoonist First Dog on the Moon.</p> <p>The new campaign is designed to mobilise members of the community to urge the Prime Minister and Tasmania’s Premier Will Hodgman, to protect all swift parrot habitat in secure reserves. The campaign will also target customers of logging company Ta Ann, asking them to reject timber logged in swift parrot habitat.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61699" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61699#comments 1094 anti-corporate Australian News conservation environmental forests Kerry Smith logging Swift parrot Fri, 06 May 2016 03:41:13 +0000 pip.hinman 61699 at https://www.greenleft.org.au The 'lens of whiteness' shaping Melbourne's schools https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61698 <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, 06/05/2016</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/p12_students.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Melbourne’s <em>Age</em> newspaper has run a series of articles highlighting what it calls middle class “white flight” from inner north state schools closest to the Housing Commission towers, leading to unofficial segregation along race and class lines.</p> <p>Experts say this phenomenon is mirrored around the country in areas where public housing meets affluent areas, such as the inner-Melbourne suburb of Carlton and inner-Sydney suburbs of Redfern and Glebe, as the gentrification of public schools with booming enrolments impacts on poorer students' access to a good education.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61698" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61698#comments 1094 affluent schools anti-corporate civil liberties Comment and Analysis disadvantaged public schools education government funding of private schools Kerry Smith public housing youth rights Fri, 06 May 2016 03:17:27 +0000 pip.hinman 61698 at https://www.greenleft.org.au This federal budget continues to attack youth https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61697 <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, 06/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/6253">Jacob Andrewartha</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_sad_youth.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="69" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Treasurer Scott Morrison <a target="_blank" href="http://budget.gov.au/2016-17/content/glossies/jobs-growth/html/jobs-growth-07.htm">presented his budget for 2016-17</a> on May 3. What does it mean for young people today? Does it address higher education and growing youth unemployment? No.</p> <p>From April 1 next year, jobseekers under 25 who are receiving welfare payments such as Newstart and have been looking for a job for at least six months, will be able to participate in intensive pre-employment skills training within five months of registering with the Centrelink program “jobactive”. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61697" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61697#comments 1094 anti-corporate anti-privatisation attacks on education civil liberties Climate Comment and Analysis Jacob Andrewartha Resistance Young Socialist Alliance unemployment youth rights youth rights Fri, 06 May 2016 02:46:32 +0000 pip.hinman 61697 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Why I'll join the Newcastle harbour blockade https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61696 <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, 06/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/8745">Ken Canning</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/p13_ken_canning.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="140" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a First Nations activist I’ll be joining the harbour blockade on May 8.</p> <p>Newcastle’s beautiful harbour is a fitting place to take a stand against coal exports and environmental destruction.</p> <p>People hunger for a different world based on cooperation and treating the land with respect, values at the heart of all First Nations cultures.</p> <p>The violation of these values is illustrated by the failure of Hunter-based coal companies to sign land use agreements with the traditional owners.</p> <p>As a First Nations activist I'll be joining the harbour blockade on May 8.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61696" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61696#comments 1094 anti-corporate anti-mining Australian News civil liberties coal environmental fossil fuels Indigenous rights Ken Canning Newcastle Harbour blockade poverty renewable energy Fri, 06 May 2016 02:15:02 +0000 pip.hinman 61696 at https://www.greenleft.org.au The Unemployed Workers' Union — Australia's fastest growing union https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61695 <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, 06/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/8729">Nicholas James</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/p13_unemployed_workers_union_rally_melb_2015.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="105" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Retirement was only a few years away when Genevieve became so disillusioned and angry with her current circumstances that she joined a union; a most unexpected union. </p> <p>The Australian Unemployed Workers' Union (AUWU) is one of a growing few in the Western world, with a membership base of 3500. As a laid-off public servant, Genevieve joined the thousands that chronicle our neoliberal times. Not since the 1930s have so many Australians been out of work. About 2 million people fall into the job status of unemployed, underemployed or precarious.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61695" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61695#comments 1094 ACTU anti-corporate Australian Unemployed Workers' Union (AUWU) Comment and Analysis democracy full employment Nicholas James work for the dole workers' rights & unions Fri, 06 May 2016 01:51:08 +0000 pip.hinman 61695 at https://www.greenleft.org.au The Turnbull-Morrison 2016 election budget — tax cuts for the rich https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61694 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 04/05/2016</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/turnbull-morrison-.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 2016-2017 budget aims to get the federal Coalition over the line on July 2, the expected double disillusion election date. Treasurer Scott Morrison's budget speech was a far cry from the last two “gloom and doom” budgets from Joe Hockey. But it contained significant cuts to essential services, health and education. </p> <p>Climate change didn't rate a mention. But the government confirmed its previously announced cut to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) which funds clean energy innovation. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61694" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61694#comments 1094 2016-2017 federal budget Australian Council of Trade Unions Australian News elections The Anti-Poverty Network SA The Australia Institute Treasurer Scott Morrison Thu, 05 May 2016 02:27:21 +0000 pip.hinman 61694 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Federal budget continues attacks on youth https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61693 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 04/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/6253">Jacob Andrewartha</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/res_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="140" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Treasurer Scott Morrison presented his proposed budget for 2016-2017 on May 3, but what does the budget mean for young people today? How does it address higher education and growing youth unemployment?</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://budget.gov.au/2016-17/content/glossies/jobs-growth/html/jobs-growth-07.htm">From April 1 next year,</a> job seekers under 25 who are receiving welfare payments such as Newstart and have been looking for a job for at least six months, will be able to participate in intensive pre-employment skills training within five months of registering with jobactive. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61693" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61693#comments 1094 Comment and Analysis education federal budget Headspace higher education funding homelessness services internships Jacob Andrewartha Resistance Young Socialist Alliance university fee deregulation Work for the Dole scheme Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program Youth Psychosis program youth unemployment Wed, 04 May 2016 08:10:03 +0000 kathy_f 61693 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Another refugee sets fire to herself on Nauru https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61691 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 03/05/2016</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/hodan.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="84" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A second refugee has self-immolated in the detention centre on Nauru, just days after 23-year-old Iranian refugee Omid Masoumali died in similar circumstances.</p> <p>Hodan, a 21-year-old Somali woman, has been taken to Brisbane by air ambulance, but she suffered burns to more than 70% of her body and her condition remains critical.</p> <p>Witnesses told Refugee Action Coalition (RAC) that all her clothes had been burned off. Another said she had suffered burns to her upper body and face at least as bad as Omid.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61691" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61691#comments 1094 Australian News border force Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation Centre immigration minister Peter Dutton Kerry Smith Nauru detention centre refugee Refugee Action Coalition refugee rights self-immolation Tue, 03 May 2016 04:48:51 +0000 kathy_f 61691 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Cycling on footpaths legalised in Western Australia https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61667 <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, 30/04/2016</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_cycling.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cycling on footpaths was made legal in WA last week and the government agreed to increase the number of dedicated bike paths after two cyclists were hit and killed by cars in Perth on the same day last month. </p> <p>Previously only children under 12 were allowed to ride on footpaths but the new rules apply to all cyclists.</p> <p>All other states now allow adults to ride on footpaths except Victoria and New South Wales, which restrict the right to children under 12 and accompanying adults.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61667" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/61667#comments 1093 Australian News Cycling on footpaths dedicated bike paths Good news (for a change) Perth Tue, 03 May 2016 00:16:37 +0000 kathy_f 61667 at https://www.greenleft.org.au