From @GetUp -Fwd: Our most popular video ever!

Dear tony,

Have you seen this?! So far this weekend over 800,000 people have shared our latest video, Love Story, making it the fastest trending video in the world on YouTube right now!

Click here to watch the video!

We don’t want to spoil the twist… but this video is about ending discrimination, and there’s just one week left until a crucial decision that could help do that at the ALP National Conference.

So we’ve adapted this smash-hit online video for TV, and if we can raise enough donations together, we’ll buy national prime-time spots to put it on air this week.

So this week, share the butterflies of a first meeting. Share the pain of loss, and the joy of building a life together. Then share the video: flood your friends Facebook walls, email and tweet at them, or chip in for national TV ads, and let’s share this modern love story.

Paul, for the GetUp team.

Families4FamiliesWA & MHM2 Peer Support group – 13th Dec – 7pm

Good Morning,
Could you please send the information below to your networks?

Also if you have a staff and/or public notice-board, we’d appreciate if you would you be so kind as to print off the attached A4 flyer for display.

Many thanks for your support.

Kind regards
Margaret Doherty
041 3861 049

proudly supported by
Mental Health Matters 2
invite you to the December Education & Support Evening
Tuesday 13th December, 7 – 8.30pm
The Carer Centre, 182 Lord Street, Perth
(venue kindly supported by ARAFMI)

“Tips on having a Mentally Healthy Christmas”

Guest Speaker: Carol Evans, Senior Psychologist, Centrecare

Carol Evans is a Senior Pyschologist with Centrecare with experience in the drug and alcohol field, family relationships and suicide prevention. Carol delivers Mental Health First Aid training throughout WA and is the West Australian Co-ordinator for Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention training. In her presentations, Carol draws on her experience as a mental health professional, carer and consumer.

The 30-minute presentation will be followed by a short group discussion. For this pre-Christmas meeting only, attendees are invited to bring a small plate of supper to share.

Families4FamiliesWA is a new peer-based, monthly, recovery, education and support group for families dealing with co-occurring mental health and alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues. ‘Families’ is defined as families and supporters.
Share the collective wisdom of peers and gain new information to aid your family’s recovery.

Participation is FREE
RSVPs by Monday 12th December are appreciated for set-up purposes.
RSVP to mentalhealthmatters2 or to 0413 861 049

Margaret Cook

Consumer Consultant /Mental Health Advisor
0413 487 045

being australian appears meaningless – esp. citizen #Assange of Wikileaks – Fwd: Assange questions delivered to PM: next stop London

23 November 2011

Assange questions delivered to PM: next stop London

Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has delivered a series of questions to Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s office today urging her to ensure Australian citizen and WikiLeaks editor in chief Julian Assange is not transferred from Sweden to the United States.

During Senate Question time on 24 November, an Opposition motion to hijack question time meant that the questions Senator Ludlam intended to ask the Prime Minister were not asked.

“I am extremely concerned at the apparent lack of urgency displayed by the Australian Government, and I intend to travel to the UK – at my own expense – to attend Mr Assange’s appeal hearing in the London High Court,” Senator Ludlam said.

The Australian Foreign Minister has the responsibility for the protection the citizenship entitlements of Australian’s overseas and has answered some but not all of Senator Ludlam’s questions on this matter. Three questions have been referred to the Attorney General.

The questions forwarded for the Prime Minister’s consideration are as follows:

  1. Was the US probe into WikiLeaks and Julian Assange raised whether formally or informally with President Obama or members of his delegation to Australia? If so in what manner and by who and what assurances for information were requested and what was the US response.
  2. Has the government used what was apparently known as the “Wikileaks Bill” within the AG Dept., aka the Intelligence Amendment Bill, to spy on Wikileaks or its people or has the recent MOU with the US on data sharing information on Australian Citizens who are said to have committed or will commit crimes for which there is a penalty for 4 years or above been used to this end?
  3. Will the Australian Government prevent Mr. Assange being further extradited from Sweden to the United States for doing what the media have always done which is bring to light material that governments would prefer to keep secret.

Link to further information here:

Marion Rae
Director of Media/Senior Media Adviser

Senator Bob Brown | Leader of the Australian Greens

Suite SG-111 Parliament House, Canberra ACT
P: 02 6277 3577 | F: 02 6277 3185

Main Stream #Media and the ‘Costs’ of #OWS #auspol – reblog #occupycyberspace

New post on Occupy Cyberspace – American Autumn

The Main Stream Media and The ‘Costs’ of OWS

by TooDamnEZ

A new study has compiled some figures to see just how much Occupy Wall Street, with the extra police presence and so forth, has been costing cities and the mainstream media was sure to jump all over it. What’s interesting is that there’s no question as to whether cities spending this much has been warranted. Whether bringing out hundreds of police, using tear gas, flash grenades, having a massive police presence, was really necessary.


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#Australia Greens ask Govt to help citizen #Assange #wikileaks – Gillard govt can do more to help Assange: Ludlam

24 November 2011

Gillard govt can do more to help Assange: Ludlam

The Australian Government appears to be failing to fully protect WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange from extradition to the United States and should better explain its position, Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

“The Attorney-General, Robert McLelland, has made no comment on the issue in several months and initially pronounced WikiLeaks’ actions illegal and wouldn’t rule out cancelling Mr Assange’s passport,” Senator Ludlam said in Canberra.

Senator Ludlam will put a further question on behalf of Mr Assange to the government during Senate question time today after Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd answered some, but not all, of the questions put by Senator Ludlam more than 30 days ago about the protection of Mr Assange’s citizenship rights.

“Kevin Rudd appears to be doing his job in providing legal and consular support. However, in a troubling move, three of my questions relating to the extradition or rendition of Mr Assange from Sweden to the United States have been referred to the Attorney-General, Mr McLelland. Two were not answered,” Senator Ludlam said.

“I asked whether he has sought assurances that Sweden will not temporarily surrender Assange to the US. Mr Rudd responded that he has sought assurances from Sweden for due process in the case – not what I asked. I asked whether the government has sought clarification as to what crimes the US Grand Jury is investigating. Mr Rudd answered that there has been no ‘formal’ advice, not whether any had been sought.

“The focus must now shift to the Attorney General and the Prime Minister. Will they make representations to prevent the extradition or rendition of Mr Assange to the United States?

“With a final appeal hearing on December 5, Mr Assange could be sent to Sweden to face allegations there but under the temporary surrender mechanism under extradition treaties, could find himself in the United States.

“Will the Australian Government prevent Mr Assange being further extradited from Sweden to the United States for doing what the media have always done which is bring to light material that governments would prefer to keep secret?”

Senator Ludlam will hold a press conference this afternoon in the Senate courtyard.

Protect Aussie journo from US rendition:

Marion Rae
Director of Media/Senior Media Adviser

Senator Bob Brown | Leader of the Australian Greens

Suite SG-111 Parliament House, Canberra ACT
P: 02 6277 3577 | M: 0438 376 082| F: 02 6277 3185

#OccupyPerth News

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Welcome to our weekly newsletter. If you have any contributions you would like to make to this newsletter please email to occupyperth or join the media and publicity working group

Last week @ Occupy Perth…

This weekend just gone was a great success. The Perth Cultural Centre proved itself a great location for occupation both from the point of view of comfort for occupiers and was a great environment for engaging with passerbys. The response from the public was inspiring, particularly on Saturday night when many open minded people streamed through the area attending the Gay and Lesbiean Pride March.

Highlights of the weekend as follows; (including links to further detail)

Coming week @ Occupy Perth…

Thursday November 10th 6.30pm – General Assembly @ Perth Cultural Centre

Usual weekly GA but MOVING TO CULTURAL CENTRE (outside state library). Agenda for this GA to be finalised on the evening. Forward your suggestions to occupyperth.

Sunday November 27, 2011 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm 10th OCCUPY PERTH!!

This Sunday we are aiming to come together lunch time at PICA, embark on a protest into the city then come back for a planning session.

  • 12pm assemble at pica
  • 1pm protest in city
  • 2pm planning session back at pica.

December 10, 2011 10:00 am – December 11, 2011 8:00 pm

December 10 is an INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION for the Occupy movement.

Occupy Perth will be standing in solidarity with this global cause and occupying space within the Perth Cultural Centre, outside the Alexander Library, over the course of the weekend.

There will be a programme of events including; workshops, rallies, flash mob actions, information sessions and a variety of fun activities.

If you want to be involved with planning this event, or have donations of food, decor, printing, activity ideas, time, etc, please contact us at occupyperth.


Watch this space for further information, including the finalised Event Timetable

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Greens celebrate news that Dixon Island will be saved

Robin Chapple MLC

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region


Greens celebrate news that Dixon Island will be saved


WA Greens are today celebrating after news that Dixon Island, off the Pilbara coast, will no longer be used by industry as part of the West Pilbara Iron Ore Project (WPIOP) Anketell Point Port Development Proposal.

In February this year the Greens Mining spokesperson, Mr Robin Chapple MLC, made a submission to the Environmental Protection Authority on the proposal, opposing the use of Dixon Island for the project and presenting an alternative option.

“Today I met with API Management Pty Ltd (API), the proponent for the West Pilbara Iron Ore Project, and was advised that the information provided in my submission was instrumental in the project being redesigned to avoid the sensitive heritage and environmental areas of Dixon Island,” said Mr Chapple.

“This is clearly an example when common sense, industrial development and environmental and heritage management can be all be dealt with in a sensitive manner.”

“The proponents and the EPA are to be commended for their understanding of the sensitive issues surrounding Dixon Island.” Mr Chapple added.

The issues covered in Mr Chapple’s submission were:

The area is of significant conservation, heritage and cultural value.

The conservation of the mangrove habitats and dependent habitats along the southern flank of Dixon Island.

The number of freshwater soaks which may have been impacted by the proposal to use the Island.

There was no strategic or economic need to use the Island.

The area has been previously impacted by an unusual seismic or tsunami event. and

There was an industrial and economic alternative.

Please see attached:

Dixon Island Submission to EPA by Robin Chapple, and

API Proposal amended

Media contact 0409 379 263

All the best

Robin Chapple MLC

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region

PO Box 94, West Perth WA 6872

41 Havelock Street, West Perth. WA 6005

Phone: Robin.Chapple | Freecall: 1800 138 610