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GREEN LEFT REPORT #9: Feminism's resurgence, Venezuelan eyewitness + more

This episode focuses on feminism's resurgence and Venezuela's unfolding revolution. It includes activist news on Stop CSG protests, Global Noise protests, plus Carlo Sands on the European Union's Nobel Peace prize win, and a performance by 1000 eyes at Occupy.

Will Abbott save Galilee Basin coalmine?

In its latest federal budget, the Tony Abbott Liberal-National government announced the setting up of a $5 billion “concessional loan facility” called the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. The proposal has been condemned by environmental and Aboriginal rights groups.

Lock the Gate’s rally for the future

More than 250 farmers and their city cousins rallied at Queensland Parliament House on May 21 calling for an end to unconventional gas production and coal mining.

The rally was organised by Lock the Gate (Queensland). Farmers from the Bentley Blockade and Northern Rivers in NSW travelled to Brisbane for the rally.

Stop Coal Seam Gas Blue Mountains campaign meeting

Get involved in Blue Mountains residents’ campaign against coal seam gas exploration and mining.

Tuesday, 2 June (and the first Tuesday of every month)
7.30pm – 9.30pm
Lawson Bowling Club, 2 Loftus St, Lawson

All welcome.
Organised by Stop Coal Seam Gas Blue Mountains.
For more information, email: mail@stopcsgbm.net.au, or visit http://www.stopcsgbm.net.au

Event date: 
Tue, 02/06/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Event time: 
Fri, 02/01/2015 - 7:30pm

Bentley CSG protesters: ‘We will fight if we have to’

Residents of Bentley, near Lismore in the NSW Northern Rivers district, have vowed to continue their fight against coal seam gas (CSG) mining following the Supreme Court’s “technical” decision to overturn the government’s suspension of Metgasco’s gas drilling licence.

Film: An Occupied Country

Photographer Dean Sewell accompanies a group of NSW farmers on a fact-finding mission to Queensland where farmers are dealing with the terrible consequences of coal seam gas mining. Fri May 29, 6.30pm. Hut 18, Addison Rd Community Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville.

Event date: 
Fri, 29/05/2015 - 6:30pm

Supreme Court rules for Metgasco in Bentley case

Gas company Metgasco has won its case against the state government to reinstate its drilling licence at Bentley after it was suspended last year.

However, Justice Richard Button said that while the suspension process undertaken by the government was not lawful, the judgement did not reflect the merits or otherwise of the suspension itself.

Metgasco’s licence was suspended in May last year after a large community campaign against its plans to drill for unconventional gas at Rosella, about 15 kilometres from Lismore.

Tony Abbott aims for fracking boom

A new report on unconventional gas development from the federal Department of Industry and Science has been released.

Its stated aim is “to ensure the responsible development of coal seam, shale and tight gas resources for the benefit of Australians and position Australia to remain an energy superpower”.

In order to achieve this, the report notes at the outset that state governments, and Indigenous landowners will need to be dealt with – though the report uses prettier words.

Police warn Knitting Nannas to stop protesting

Police have cautioned the Knitting Nannas Against Gas that their actions could be illegal and warned them to stop protesting.

For three years the group has met weekly outside the offices of MPs in NSW to protest against coal seam gas development in the state. The nannas say their knitting is a form of non-violent political activism to remind politicians they are being watched.

California: Dire water crisis amid climate change-driven drought

Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, made a dire warning in March: there is only one year's worth of water left in the state's reservoir storage and river basins.

Famiglietti said even nature's oldest water backup supply —groundwater — could be gone soon after the reservoirs dry up.

About 38.8 million people live in California, which produces much of the United States' food. California's drought is throwing the ecology of the region into crisis, and ordinary people are scrambling for ways to help.

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