Australia

Police confront Aboriginal march during Canberra ANZAC day

Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia released this statement on April 25.

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Organisers of the undeclared Frontier War’s parade condemned the actions of the Australian Federal Police during the Canberra ANZAC day parade for refusing to allow 200 Aboriginals and their supporters to peacefully march up ANZAC Avenue to lay a wreath to commemorate all those who died in wars, including those who died in the 18th, 19th, and 20th century Frontier Wars defending their country.

Racism, war fuel asylum seeker deaths

About 800 refugees were drowned in the Mediterranean on April 18 when a boat carrying them from Libya, and trying to reach the south of Italy, capsized. Just three days earlier, more than 400 people drowned when another boat on the same route sank.

Refugee deaths in the Mediterranean are rising sharply. “According to the UN and the International Organisation for Migration, 1,776 people are dead or missing so far this year, compared with 56 for the same period last year,” the April 24 Guardian reported.

Government welfare changes are cruel

This open letter to the Minister of Social Services, Scott Morrison was released on April 20.

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On behalf of the many Australians who believe in the importance of a fair and equitable welfare system, we the undersigned write to voice our strong objections to the harmful and damaging legislation currently before the Senate, which would introduce a six-month waiting period for unemployment benefits for people under 30.

We also wish to highlight our concerns over the government’s decision to introduce harsh requirements from 1 July 2015, which will:

Good news (for a change): State Bank of India won’t finance Adani’s coalmine, and more…

The State Bank of India had reneged on a $1 billion financing agreement for Adani’s Galilee Basin coalmine.

The loan was agreed to five months ago to help finance mining giant Adani’s plan to develop the Carmichael mega coalmine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. This is the 12th global investment bank to publicly walk away from the proposal in recent months.

Carlo’s Corner: Gallipoli — never forget... and never forgive

Some things should never be forgotten, and some things should never be forgiven. Both apply to the mass slaughter of ordinary people in World War I, including Gallipoli.

Australia’s climate inaction embarrassment

Politicians, both Labor and Liberal, have spent years defending this county’s pitiful efforts on tackling climate change with the excuse that Australia “can’t go it alone” — it has to wait for other countries to commit to action on climate change. The same excuse was often echoed in the media.

In particular, the lack of action by the US and China were cited as the reasons why Australia should commit to doing little or nothing.

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.

Converge on Melbourne: Rally for refugee rights, change ALP policy

The Refugee Action Collective Melbourne released this statement on April 20.

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott's refugee bashing is not working for him at the polls, but if the Coalition is kicked out what policies will replace him?

Tragically, Labor party leaders continue to support both offshore processing and mandatory detention.

Labor for Refugees, with the backing of many unions, will be proposing a resolution to change Labor policy at this year's ALP national conference being held in Melbourne on July 24 to 26.

First Nations forum: ‘The system destroys us’

More than 200 people attended a public forum called "Resistance Rising: A Panel of First Nations Leaders" at the Brunswick Town Hall in Melbourne on April 18.

The forum was jointly sponsored by Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance and the Indigenous Social Justice Association.

Co-founder of Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance Meriki Onus told the audience: "The system is constantly knocking at our door. The system destroys us or takes our children."

Refugees resist transfer to Nauru

Clashes erupted on April 15 at the Wickham Point detention centre in Darwin when refugees resisted attempts to send them back to the Australian-run concentration camp in Nauru where they have suffered serious human rights abuses.

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