Poll results released on January 9 by the Australia Institute think tank show that even before the bush fire emergency peak around the week following New Year's eve, 66% of people in Australia believe the country "is facing a climate change emergency and should take emergency action".
Around 100 people formed a circle at the Queen Victoria Building on January 5 to call for urgent government intervention on the fire emergency, support for the firefighters, and real action to combat climate change. The vigil was organised by Extinction Rebellion Sydney.
Sydney Extinction rebellion began an indefinite vigil outside NSW Parliament House on January 6 to demand that the NSW and federal governments declare a climate and ecological emergency.
"Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the fire crisis had escalated to an unprecedented level.
East Gippsland is one region among many affected by disastrous bushfires. Three quarters of it — stretching about 250 km from west to east and 150 km from south to north — has been burned as I write this: about 700,000 hectares.
Bill Ryan, one of Australia's foremost environmental activists, has died in Sydney at the age of 97.
Climate activists, led by School Strike 4 Climate, protested and set up tents outside Kirribilli House to demand Prime Minister Scott Morrison return from his holiday and take action on the climate emergency and catastrophic bushfires.
Then the police moved in.
Video: Zebedee Parkes
Extinction Rebellion hosted a graduation march on December 11 for current, past and future graduates and their families and supporters to take a symbolic stand for climate action.
"This march is an opportunity for emerging professionals to declare they will not sit idle as the climate crisis looms, but will approach their lives with the health of the planet at the forefront of their minds," according to the event description.
Greg Adler came into left-wing politics in the late 1960s at a time of great political turmoil in Brisbane.
The reactionary Joh Bjelke-Petersen government had moved to shackle the unions and crush dissent, provoking a series of mass protests. In 1969, Greg joined the Revolutionary Socialist Alliance, part of which went on to join the Socialist Labour League (SLL).
Perth Pride assembled its biggest parade to date on November 30, with 115 floats. But many in the LGBTIQ community were unhappy that a large number belonged to corporate sponsors and police while smaller community floats were squeezed out.
The Morrison government has launched a political attack on the arts and artists can no longer afford to be apolitical.