The following open letter, signed by more than 250 academics at Australian universities, was released on September 20.
Regarding the Land Court's 2017 recommendation to refuse the Stage 3 expansion of the New Acland coal mine, Queensland's Court of Appeal decided on September 10 that it does not have the power to consider groundwater quantity impacts when hearing mining objections.
Pro-choice activists rallied in Sydney on September 14 to call for the decriminalisation of abortion in NSW.
“Any law that places half the population at risk of criminality simply because of their biology is a ridiculous and unsupportable law”, Jane Caro, one of the speakers, said.
The rally came days before a bill was put before parliament.
A small counter-rally by the religious right was drowned out by pro-choice activists.
Extinction Rebellion activists blockaded Princes Bridge in Melbourne’s CBD for several hours on September 14.
Anti-choice state MPs are seeking to add as many caveats as possible to a bill that seeks to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales and which has the support of medical, legal and feminist organisations.
In spite of Adani Australia CEO Lucas Dow’s claim last year that the corporate energy giant did not require a cent, the company looks set to sign off on a secret royalty deal with the Queensland government.
Adani will receive a $900-million-seven-year low interest royalty capital subsidy on September 30. This will mean Queensland will not receive a royalty return from Adani’s mine for years.
In what was the largest mobilisation for climate action in Australia's history, an estimated 300,000+ people walked out of school and work across Australia on September 20 as part of the School Strike 4 Climate coordinated Climate Strike.
The national demands of the Australian school strike movement are:
No new coal, oil and gas projects.
100 renewable energy generation and exports by 2030.
Funding for a just transition and job creation for fossil fuel workers and communities.
The campaigning efforts of local farmers and environmentalists were rewarded on September 18 when the NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC) rejected South Korean company Kepco’s bid to build a new thermal coalmine in the Bylong Valley, near Mudgee, in central NSW.
Protesters blocked entry to the work site for Adani’s controversial Carmichael coalmine, in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland, for several hours on September 18.
Coral Wynter, who had joined the blockade from Sydney, told Green Left Weekly: “We blocked three gates of Adani’s workers’ camp for four hours, preventing several trucks from entering and leaving the site.”