Israeli story & video Gaza flotilla ships transported to Ashdod – Israel News, Ynetnews http://ht.ly/1RY2A
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West Australian Whale calves under threat from Woodside sonar: Greens take Action and say Minister should go:
Whale calves under threat: Greens take Action and say Minister should go:
Greens MLC Robin Chapple has savaged Woodside for undertaking unapproved seismic surveys in the immediate vicinity of a whale pod that includes many baby whales.
Mr Chapple also said that the Minister for the Environment, Donna Faragher should resign over the affair because the EPA was apparently oblivious to the survey work taking place in the
Browse Basin whale nursery and off James Price Point.
“It is unacceptable for Woodside to undertake this work without fulfilling the most basic requirements for environmental approval,” Mr. Chapple said.
“To operate seismic survey equipment in the immediate area of calving whales is unconscionable.”
The first sighting of the annual northern migration of humpback whales, known as Breeding Group D, was confirmed in Kimberley waters on May 24. Woodside commenced seismic blasting operations in the area on the same day.
The booming noise from oil and gas seismic testing can hinder whale-to-whale communication and threaten the whale’s ability to navigate, kill prey and reproduce.
“If this happens to adult humpback whales, the effect would be multiplied on the fetuses and newborns” said Mr. Chapple.
“It is obscene that this Government is allowing seismic blasting to occur amongst the returning pregnant whale cows and new born calves.”
Under questioning from Mr. Chapple last week, the Minister admitted that she and the EPA had no knowledge of Woodside’s intended seismic air blasting proposals.
The Greens MP immediately referred the matter to the Environmental Protection Authority but said that it was unbelievable that the Minister had no knowledge of the operations.
“It is utterly disgraceful that an Environment Minister should be so oblivious to such an important issue this again demonstrates that the current Minister has to go,” Mr. Chapple said.
“This affair makes Australia’s referral of the Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean to the International Court of Justice in the Hague quite hypocritical. This whale pod is the same that were being harpooned in the southern ocean and are now going to be blasted with underwater geological testing off WA by Woodside.”
Contact: Robin Chapple on 0409 379 263
|Nearshore high resolution seismic refraction survey||Seismic refraction survey using a 5 cubic inch gun and two fifty metre streamers (towed half a metre below the sea surface). There will be no stabilization chains.
Activity occurs within state waters in the vicinity of James Price Point with the extent of this survey being the same as the nearshore geotechnical extent.
|24 May 2010||~21 – 28 days|
|Nearshore geotechnical site investigation||This activity will utilise 1 to 2 jack-up barges to drill a number of boreholes within state waters in the vicinity of James Price Point.||Late June||~35-75 days (depending on number of jack-up barges utilized)|
|Koolama 2D seismic survey||A two dimensional (2D) seismic survey in Petroleum Permit Areas WA-415-P, WA-416-P and WA-417-P. This survey will be undertaken in waters approximately 40km from Broome. A seismic vessel towing a single 6km streamer will undertake 4km transects.||25 May 2010||~35 days (completed by 30 June)|
|Offshore pipeline route – geotechnical sampling site investigation survey||Drilling of bore holes and cone penetration tests on the sea bed along the approximate offshore pipeline route out to the Brecknock and Calliance fields (approximately 400km from Broome).||25 May 2010||~60 days|
Right now we’ve got some big decisions to make, and we need to make them together, as a community. Cast your vote now to help shape our 2010 election strategy:
The 2010 election is almost upon us — some sources say it could be just 9 weeks away. But in many ways election season has already begun.
This week Tony Abbott released a refugee policy that would take us back to the dark days of children in detention, offshore processing and temporary protection visas. On the other side, Kevin Rudd too has caved on refugee policy, abandoned action on climate change and failed to deliver enough on key issues like mental health care.
But this election there’s something different in Australian politics – you, the independent, connected movement of some 350,000 people committed to keeping our politicians accountable. The next few months will be critical to our country’s future, and we need your vote now to decide how we can best make a difference.
In 2007, GetUp members shocked the political world with an unprecedented campaign from an independent movement. We were on the ground, online and across the airwaves. In 2010 it’s time to GetUp again — but this time we’re even bigger: our community has more than doubled to 350,000 across Australia. In fact, in some key electorates nearly a quarter of voters are now part of GetUp!
This is your movement. Let us know what’s most important to you, so we can direct our resources, finalise our election plans and make the 2010 election our biggest moment yet.
Thank you for sharing your views,
The GetUp Team
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For most, Govt’s renewable energy subsidy will be meaningless: Greens
The Greens have dismissed the Government’s announcement of their “net feed-in tariff” for renewable energy as meaningless for the vast bulk of well-meaning people who have installed or are considering installing small-scale renewable energy systems for their home.
“The fact is the Government have totally backflipped on this issue, retreating from a laudable ‘gross’ feed-in tariff promised during the 2008 State election to a grossly inferior net tariff scheme,” said Greens energy spokesperson Robin Chapple MLC.
“What that means is that householders will not get paid a cent from the Government’s new scheme unless they export more power to the grid than they use.”
“Anyone reading the newspaper will tell you that lots of solar panels companies are busily putting photovoltaics on residential roof tops, but they are almost always for systems of around 1 to 2kW in size, which will help greatly to reduce the power consumption at those houses but will not totally provide for the energy consumption of those residents.”
Mr Chapple said that even if 95% of the average power consumption of a home was provided with renewable power infrastructure, the householder in question would get absolutely nothing from the WA Government.
“The Minister today has made ludicrous claims about the payback period under his scheme, but unless householders have more solar panels than they need the payback period is simple; never.”
“It should also be noted that at this stage there is no action on the possibility of a feed-in tariff scheme for businesses; just a proposed feasibility study,” Mr Chapple added.
Questions unanswered over Montara dispersants as toxicity concerns grow click this link for Burma Generals’ murky ties
Australian Greens Marine Spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert has expressed concern that information is still not available on the amount of various chemical dispersants used during the Montara oil spill
Senator Siewert has used Senate Estimates to raise questions about the dispersant chemicals used on the Montara oil spill off the West Australian coast.
Two chemicals from the Corexit family, the dispersants Corexit 9500A and Corexit 9527A were used on Montara and are being used in huge volumes in the Gulf of Mexico. Corexit is already banned in parts of Europe including the UK.
The US Environmental Protection Agency last week ordered BP to find alternatives to the dispersant chemicals it was using on the Louisiana slick after public concerns were raised over the toxicity of the dispersants.
“I find it incredible that we still don’t know how much of each specific dispersant was used on the Montara oil spill. At Estimates yesterday AMSA were still unable to tell us how much of each chemical was used, this information hasn’t been available to the Montara inquiry either,” Australian Greens Marine Spokesperson Rachel Siewert said today.
“This impacts the ability to asses the real environmental impact of Montara,” Senator Siewert said.
“I’m concerned about the way decisions are made on when, where and which dispersants are used by Australian authorities. I believe that he process for determining the toxicology of dispersants needs to be reviewed and that our environmental authorities should be involved in that decision making.
“Dispersant chemicals help the oil to move down through the water column. They can play an important role in protecting our coastline or key environmental assets like Ashmore reef – but there is also quite serious risks involved in their widespread use, particularly at a time when the fish and coral are spawning.
“The safety of these chemicals is in dispute – Corexit is banned in parts of Europe and questions have been raised over its use in the Gulf of Mexico.
“While each spill has different management needs depending on its size and location, the ongoing environmental concerns over Corexit in the US, coupled with the European bans should be raising a big red flag here at home.
“Over 185,000 litres of various dispersant chemicals have been used on the Montara spill, it is critical that all the information pertaining to these chemicals is forthcoming, and application processes given the necessary review and assessment.
“We may not know for some years if the dispersants, or the oil, have had an impact on recruitment in key fish stocks in our northwest fishery, given their particular vulnerability during their larval phase.
“There are major changes needed to the regulation and compliance monitoring of the oil and gas industry and the way we respond to disasters in our marine environment – I look forward to the release of the report by Montara Commission of Inquiry,” Senator Siewert concluded.
Senator Rachel Siewert
Australian Greens Senator for WA
P: (08) 9228 3277 | www.greensmps.org.au
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GetUp and locals succeed in Tasmania campaign – here’s the latest news update and “The results are in”
No urgent call to arms today: instead, a note of congratulations. GetUp members have been on a roll in recent weeks, creating national headlines and locking in a big victory protecting native forests. Hear about the four ways you’re making an impact. This email is best enjoyed with a cup of tea–here’s hoping it brightens up your Friday afternoon.
1 – The views of GetUp members are creating headlines (and cartoon punchlines)
Every Sunday, Barry Cassidy and the panel on ABC Insiders review the political news of the week – the buzz amongst politicians and journalists in Canberra. Last Sunday they opened with a 10-minute conversation about the results of our monthly surveys of GetUp members which is showing a huge dip in the PM’s approval ratings after his backflips on climate change and refugees. And that was just the beginning: GetUp featured in over three dozen news stories this week alone–see below for a full list. This Bill Leak cartoon from Monday’s edition of The Australian is one favourite:
2 – An important win for the river red gums on the Murray-Darling.
On Wednesday night NSW Premier Kristina Keneally reversed her position and passed a bill to protect river red gum trees in the Murray-Darling basin. Thousands of hectares of these sacred old trees were set to be logged, but in the last month 11,000 GetUp members faxed, emailed or called the Premier’s office asking her to protect the trees. Congratulations! Thanks to your efforts, and the tireless campaigning of our friends in the environment movement (particularly the Wilderness Society and the National Parks Association), these ancient trees will now be safe from logging. Click here to send a message of thanks to Premier Keneally on twitter, or here by email.
3 – We’re Australia’s largest progressive advertiser
This week alone we have an incredible two newspaper ads and three television ads running across the country.
Page 5 of the Australian yesterday featured our parody ad on the mining super profits tax — and because members hit the target of $105,000 you can find a new ad today in the Oil and Mining Markets page (p. 31) of the The Australian Financial Review: the paper delivered straight to the desks of mining executives.
Three GetUp ads are also running on TV at the moment, made possible by donations from GetUp members. Did you know you were such a media powerhouse?
Mental Health: our message from Australian of the Year, Prof. Patrick McGorry, will continue running for the next month, with some 400 ad spots booked across the country.
Refugees: the GetUp ad featuring Riz Wakil, an Afghan refugee, is running on Border Security (with an audience of 2 million) and SBS world news in major cities.
Internet Censorship: our Censordyne ad parodying the Government’s proposed internet filter is still showing every Sunday on Channel 10.
4 – We’re making waves in Parliament House
In recent weeks, tens of thousands of GetUp members called their Labor representatives at their electorate and Parliament House offices to voice dissent over the Government’s delay on climate action. We asked our MPs and Senators to speak up in the Labor party caucus over the back-flip. It worked: "PM tries to pacify worried caucus" read the headline in The Herald Sun1.
To drive it home, GetUp traveled to Parliament House and hand delivered a dossier to every parliamentarian showing the number of GetUp members in their electorate, and the total number of actions and donations. One MP in Victoria said he’d received over 150 calls from GetUp members in a day — more than their office usually receives in months!
GetUp is more than any one campaign or single success. Your actions breath life into the progressive principles of social justice, economic fairness and environmental sustainability. Together our movement, now 350,000 strong, holds power to account, whatever its form, and helps create a fairer, more sustainable and more just Australia.
Now there’s an election coming–word in Canberra is that it may be upon us as early as July or August. Elections are moments for movements to bind together to make a difference. It is a time to recommit ourselves to achieving real progress and to inspire others to take notice and join the cause.
Thanks for making these past weeks possible,
The GetUp Team.
–RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE OF GETUP CAMPAIGNS–
- ABC’s insiders discuss GetUp members’ opinions
- Sky News discusses GetUp members’ opinions
- SBS News on GetUp membership survey
- GetUp on ABC’s Four Corners program on internet filtering
- Former GetUp Executive Director Brett Solomon on ABC’s Q&A program discussing our internet filter campaign
- Grassroots drive for mental health boost – May 17th 2010, Adam Cresswell, The Australian
- Activist Group’s Key Campaign to Target the Need for Better Mental Health Funding – May 21st 2010, Rasik Sharma, TopNews United Kingdom
- Trendy young voters shun PM – May 17th 2010, Simon Kearney, The Sunday Telegraph
- Kevin 07 adman joins big miners’ fight – May 21st 2010, Geoff Elliott and Sarah-Jane Tasker, The Australian
- Australian miners unhappy with ‘super tax’ talks, May 21st 2010, Yahoo News
- Labor fights over ‘big tax on everything’ – May 18th 2010, Sarah O’Malley, The Herald Sun
- Wayne Swan responds to GetUp poll – May 17th 2010, Barry Cassidy, ABC
- New research confirms that Australian Prime Minister Rudd is losing popularity – May 16th 2010, Joe Brooks, Wire Update
- Labor warns against protest vote – May 15th 2010, AAP, The Sydney Morning Herald
- Anti-Environment Budget Draws Fire – May 13th 2010, James Arvanitakis, New Matilda
- Eyes on Australia as Govt. Pushes National Internet Filter – May 10th 2010, James Hutcinson, PC World Magazine
- Australia backflips on climate action – May 10th 2010, Stephen de Tarczynski, IPS news
- I’ll put my hand up – May 2nd 2010, Tobias Ziegler, Crikey
- Time for Labor to Worry – May 1st 2010, Peter Hartcher, The Age
- Climate action ‘would win votes for ALP’ – April 26th 2010, Sydney Morning Herald
- Ring of protesters rounds on refugee policies – May 8, 2010, Danielle Teutsch, Sydney Morning Herald
- Emissions put on the back burner – April 27th 2010, Tom Arup, The Age
- US model can entice punters into politics – May 10th 2010?, Nicholas Reece, Sydney Morning Herald
1 "PM tries to pacify worried caucus", Michael Harvey, Ben Packham, The Herald Sun, 11 May 2010.
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STRONG GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR THE FIRST EVER ‘KIDS HELPING KIDS AWARDS’
Senator The Hon. Ursula Stephens, Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector has expressed her strong support for the nation’s first Awards program rewarding and recognising outstanding achievements in school-based philanthropy.
Senator Stephens commended SchoolAid on establishing the Kids Helping Kids Awards, saying, “So often wonderful philanthropic acts fly under the radar. These new Awards will celebrate and elevate these activities to a national level, inspiring and motivating others to experience the deep rewards of giving. We know that those who learn about the importance of giving at an early age tend to become life-long donors and volunteers. SchoolAid helps teachers and parents to instill in children these vital ‘habits of the heart’. ”
The inaugural Kids Helping Kids Awards will acknowledge the empathy and innate compassion of Australian school children, whilst recognising the tireless work of schools and educators who nurture and encourage the next generation of philanthropists. SchoolAid’s sponsors, Microsoft and Cartoon Network are providing an incredible range of technology and entertainment prizes to recognise and reward these achievements, whilst the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation is a primary supporter of the Awards.
Entries for the Kids Helping Kids Awards are now open, with schools across the nation ready to share their stories of support for kids in their local communities, around Australia, and throughout the world – anywhere kids are in need.
In addition to strong government support, The Kids Helping Kids Awards has the endorsement of the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA), Principals Australia (PA) and state Education Departments across Australia. SchoolAid encourages philanthropy in Australian kids, tapping into their innate concern for their peers and kids in need everywhere, whilst fostering leadership, resilience and independence. The ‘Kids Helping Kids Awards’ provides a much-needed avenue for these critical life skills and values to be rewarded through a national Awards program.
The Kids Helping Kids celebrity Ambassadors, including media commentator and children’s author, Andrew Daddo, and former captain of the World Champion Australian Netball team, Anne Sargeant OAM, represent the wealth of Australia’s media and sporting personalities with a philanthropic heart. Awards Ambassadors will personally visit winning schools throughout November 2010 to meet students, recognise their achievements and present prizes.
Finalists for each of the six Awards categories, and the overall ‘Best of the Best’ Award, will be selected by a panel of expert judges representing fields of education, philanthropy and commerce, including Professor Rosemary Ross Johnston, Director of the UTS Centre for Children and Youth, Zoe Eaton, Cartoon Network’s Associate Director of Marketing and Jane Mackarell, Microsoft’s National Academic Programs Manager.
For more details about the Kids Helping Kids Awards please visit www.schoolaid.org.au
Andrew Daddo – media commentator and children’s author
Anne Sargeant OAM – former captain of the World Champion Australian Netball team, netball coach and sports commentator
David Wirrpanda – former professional AFL player and now Director of the David Wirrpanda Foundation
Sara Haghdoosti - student activist and high profile member of Australia’s Iranian Community
Steve Crombie – activist and adventurer
Stone Parade – award winning Aussie band who recently performed in the Rock the Schools tour
Jane Mackarell - Microsoft’s National Academic Programs Manager
Mark Sparvell -Microsoft’s Worldwide Innovative Teacher 2009 and Principal from Kadina Primary School
Professor Rosemary Ross Johnston – Director of the UTS Centre for Children and Youth: Culture and Wellbeing
Sara Haghdoosti – youth activist and high profile member of Australia’s Iranian community
Sean Gordon- SchoolAid Founderand former school principal
Zoe Eaton - Cartoon Network’s Associate Director of Marketing
SchoolAid is a non-profit organisation which provides resources to principals and teachers to support them in creating philanthropic, caring students. SchoolAid provides children with the means to engage with children around the world – kids helping kids – and turn their compassion into action.
Kids Helping Kids Awards Partners
The 2010 Kids Helping Kids Awards is supported by:
· Tim Fairfax Family Foundation
· Microsoft through its Partners in Learning Initiative
· Cartoon Network
For further information, please contact:
Project Manager, Kids Helping Kids Awards
02 8904 0566
02 8904 0566
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Have you seen the mining scare campaign?
Super rich mining companies are running full page ads in the papers this week, trying to scare the Government into abandoning their new tax on mining profits.
The resources tax would mean less money in the pockets of mining executives and more for the superannuation of Australian workers. But if we don’t act quickly, the industry scare campaign might scupper this reform just like they’ve been scaring off action on climate change.
Let’s hit back with our own parody ad, exposing the real beneficiaries of the mining industry’s scare campaign–super rich CEOs. Can you make it happen?
The big miners are trying to hold our economy hostage, with thinly veiled threats of sending their investment elsewhere in full page newspaper ads. Sound familiar? It’s the same strategy they’ve been using for years to thwart action on climate change.
We can’t afford to let another mining boom pass us by without securing a fair share of the wealth for those who own the resources: the Australian community.
So what is this super profits tax? The proposal is simple: a 40% tax on profits made from exploiting Australia’s non-renewable natural resources such as coal and other minerals. It means more of the profits from Australia’s mining boom will end up in the community, not on the balance sheets of corporations.
We may not have the dollars of mining giants, but working together we punch well above our weight. Let’s all chip in to put our parody ad right alongside theirs in the newspapers this week and make sure the mining scare campaign doesn’t go unanswered:
Our minerals wealth is part of our lucky country, but those resources are limited; one day our luck will run out. We need to capture our fair share of that wealth today so we can invest in our economic future, rather than letting foreign mining magnates line their pockets with Australian resources.
Thanks for being part of this,
The GetUp team.
PS – The Minerals Council are today accusing supporters of the tax on mining profits of “class warfare” — but in fact Treasury estimates that mining royalties have decreased to the tune of $35 billion over the last decade1. Check out our parody of the Minerals Council newspaper scare campaign here.
1 “Kevin Rudd picks $35bn tax fight with miners”, David Uren and Dennis Shanahan , The Australian, May 1, 2010.
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