People's Climate March: why are there no demands?

Ahead of the climate talks in Paris in December, it is important that people mobilise and demand strong action on climate change.

Without a clear message from ordinary people, the demands that business and polluting industries make of governments are more likely to dilute the outcomes.

Remember Rio? Kyoto? Copenhagen? At the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 conference in Paris, our leaders need to do more, and fast.

Wasting Australia's future

The appointment of nuclear power advocate Alan Finkel as Australia's next Chief Scientist led to speculation that the federal government might be softening up Australians for the introduction of nuclear power.

But that speculation is likely misplaced. Finkel is not the first Chief Scientist to support nuclear power. It goes with the turf: boys like toys and Chief Scientists like nuclear power. Finkel's comments were actually quite nuanced and at least as supportive of renewables as nuclear power.

Restoring a safe climate: Impossible dream or dangerous distraction?

Should the climate movement call for the restoration of a safe climate, rather than just zero emissions?

According to a recent paper, Striking Targets, by climate writer Philip Sutton, greenhouse gas concentrations are already too high to avoid dangerous global warming, so the zero emissions goal is inadequate.

People's Climate March - Adelaide

People's Jobs, Justice Climate March + Festival!
On November 29th, will you help create the biggest climate march the world has ever seen?

As world leaders gather in Paris to discuss a global agreement on climate change, we will be part of an international movement- on Sunday November 29th.

Event date: 
Sun, 29/11/2015 - 11:30am
Event time: 
Sun, 29/11/2015 - 11:30am

Britain: Can Corbyn end Labour's slavish support for war?

Jeremy Corbyn. Photo:

Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader has raised hopes for people who oppose Britain's wars. More than in any other area, it will take a mighty effort to make those hopes real.

There is no other area in which national politics so ignores the population at large. On the economy, health, education and so on, there is at least debate.

Film screening: The Man Who Saved The World

Join with the People for Nuclear Disarmament (PND) for light refreshments and the screening of "The Man Who Saved the World” followed by a discussion led by PNDs Jo Vallentine and Judy Blyth.

Uniting Church in the City Hall, level 1, 97 William St, Perth.

Book tickets online:

Event date: 
Tue, 22/09/2015 - 6:00pm
Event time: 
Tue, 22/09/2015 - 6:00pm

How to get active


Join us at Nuclear Politics in the Pub on Wednesday September 16 at 6.30pm. While submissions are closed for the Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Chain, the discussion is just getting started! Speakers and a special screening of short film Homelands with Bobby Brown. Hosted by SA Nuclear Free Coalition. Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Fort Rd Hindmarsh. Ph 0432 388 665


Nuclear Politics in the Pub

While submissions are closed for the Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Chain, the discussion is just getting started!

Come and hear a range of authors and contributors share in brief ( 5 mins each) some of the key points of their submissions, on a range of economic, cultural and environmental issues.

Speakers include:

• Chris Hannaford, Prospect Local Environment Group
• Karina Lester, YNTAC Chairperson
• Tauto Sansbury, SA Congress
• Cr Michelle Hogan, Port Adelaide Enfield Council
• Dr Philip White, Friends of the Earth Adelaide

Event date: 
Wed, 16/09/2015 - 6:30pm
Event time: 
Wed, 16/09/2015 - 6:30pm
0432 388 665

Oxfam Australia responds on Better Power

This is a reply by Oxfam Australia's Climate Change Policy Advisor Simon Bradshaw to Andrea Bunting’s article “GetUp!-Oxfam’s Powershop partnership raises questions” in Green Left Weekly #1064.

As a leading international development agency working around the world, Oxfam is seeing the world’s poorest people made even more vulnerable through the increasing risk of droughts, floods, hunger and disease due to climate change.

The crimes of Robert Menzies

Robert Menzies achieved many things in his long political career. To remain prime minister as long as he did, Menzies kicked the communist can for as much as it was worth.

He also benefited from a split in the Australian Labor Party and the ALP’s remarkable talent for shooting itself in the foot. By choosing ineffectual leaders — Doc Evatt was brilliant but erratic, while Arthur Calwell was dour, dull and unelectable — the ALP was putty in Menzies’ clever political hands.

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