farmers' rights

New national food plan to feed corporate hunger

On July 17 the Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig released the green paper for Australia’s first-ever National Food Plan. According to the minister, this plan: “[W]ill ensure Australia has a sustainable, globally competitive, resilient food supply that supports access to nutritious and affordable food.”

Quit Coal renews challenge to mining in Bacchus Marsh

About 200 people met on June 28 on the steps of Parliament House in Victoria to oppose new coal projects in the state.

Speakers spoke out against expanding the brown coal export industry, which would triple Victoria's contribution to greenhouse gas pollution.

The star of the event was “billionaire” Twiggy Palmcock, representing “the forgotten voices of mining magnates”.

He said all coal is good coal, and offered to dig coal mines in a bowl shape for the “Greenie farmers from Bacchus Marsh”.

GREEN LEFT TV: Free Baba Jan - political prisoner of the climate crisis

For 9 months, Baba Jan Hunzai and 4 fellow activists have languished in Pakistani jails, charged with terrorism offences, and suffered torture. Their crime? Organising the oppressed local community to struggle for compensation, after their villages were submerged by a climate-change induced landslide. Green Left TV's Peter Boyle interviewed Labour Party of Pakistan spokesperson Farooq Tariq.

Growing Change screening in Hilton

A documentary that looks at Venezuela's attempt to grow a fair and sustainable food system.

Hilton Community Centre, Paget St.

Organised by Socialist Alliance. Entry by donation.

Event date: 
Sat, 09/06/2012 - 3:00pm
Event time: 
Sat, 09/06/2012 - 3:00pm
Phone: 
Sam 0412 751 508

Community cooperative points to new food system

A large public forum was held in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley on May 16 to officially launch a community cooperative that local people hope will become an example for the rest of the country.

The launch came almost a year since Heinz announced it would shut down its tomato processing plant in the nearby town of Girgarre. The closure left 146 workers without a job and affected about 600 people whose livelihoods depended on the factory.

Coal & gas endanger shrinking Koala population

The Wilderness Society released the statement below on April 27.

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Koalas must be included on the national threatened species list as part of Environment Minister Tony Burke’s 30 April announcement, especially in NSW’s Gunnedah region and the Pilliga Forest where they face the additional threat of expanding coal mining and coal seam gas operations, according to the Wilderness Society.

How 'productivity' is destroying rural Australia

Behind the hype of Australia’s mining boom and “economic stability” lies the very real crisis affecting rural Australia.

The impacts of droughts and floods (aggravated by capitalist-induced climate change) are part of the explanation. The real culprits behind the devastation being wreaked on rural communities are big business and the free market fundamentalists running the country in their interests.

And unless a fundamental shift in priorities takes place, the situation is set to worsen.

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Community proposes cooperative alternative to factory closure

Far from taking the closure of the Heinz tomato factory sitting down, workers and community members from the 150-strong rural Victorian town of Girgarre are getting organised.

After the announcement by Heinz last year that it would shut down its operations in Girgarre, 200 kilometres north of Melbourne, more than 300 people met there in August and formed the Goulburn Valley Food Cooperative (GVFC).

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How 'productivity' is destroying rural Australia

LIVE BLOG: Illawarra Coal Seam Gas conference

LIVE BLOG Sunday March 25
Green Left Weekly is reporting live from the Coal Seam Gas Community Conference at Wollongong Town Hall on March 25.

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Coal seam gas: People’s power can stop it!

Farmers, environmentalists, irrigators, winemakers, horse breeders, the NSW opposition, and coal seam gas (CSG) campaigners have all been angered by the NSW Coalition government's new land use plans, which give the go-ahead to CSG and coalmining across the state.

Despite Premier Barry O’Farrell’s pre-election promise that key agricultural land would be protected from mining and CSG activity, the government's draft Aquifer Interference Policy and draft Strategic Regional Land Use Plans "have left the gate open", said the NSW Farmers Association.

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