#australia Joint Committee report makes case against #ACTA: Greens

Joint Committee report makes case against ACTA: Greens

Media Release: Greens Communications spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam. 27 June 2012.

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties report into the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) tabled today.

“The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has thoroughly examined the text, the arguments and the positions taken by other governments and sees the writing on the wall; there appears a very real possibility that ACTA will not be ratified by sufficient countries in order to come into existence," said the Greens communication spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam.

“The Greens would welcome ACTA being ruled out completely because the content of this treaty is fatally flawed and the process that brought it about was shamefully and unnecessarily secretive. While our government did hold consultations they were farcical because those being consulted did not have the secret text and therefore couldn’t provide advice and feedback.

“Australia’s parliamentary committee is not alone in its detailed criticism of this Agreement. No less than five European Parliament Committees have recommended it be rejected. Several EU countries have suspended consideration until further notice and the Dutch Lower house has recommended its rejection outright. Hundreds of thousands of people have come out in demonstrations against ACTA throughout Europe and the United States.

“ACTA may well go down if governments listen to their people and parliamentary committees, however, many of the interests that drove ACTA are currently driving the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – the obligations of this Agreement being negotiated in secret will affect very similar areas such as affordable medicines, Australian content and digital copyright issues,” Senator Ludlam concluded.

The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties report into ACTA can be found at this link: http://tiny.cc/fthjgw

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

#mentalhealth #children #diagnosis – Will ‘Disruptive Mood Disregulation Disorder’ proposed for inclusion in DSM5 be the next child mental health epidemic?

Given recent news that Australian Insurers are refusing to grant protection and services to many people with mental illness, diagnosis and disclosure are more important than ever.

See Depressed? Forget about insurance – http://goo.gl/Os8cb& demand change NOW from Insurance Council @ICAUS

Sadly, key areas of mental health are dominated more by Big Pharma and the self-interest of service providers and academics.

below is the latest from respected MP and advocate Martin Whitely:

Will ‘Disruptive Mood Disregulation Disorder’ proposed for inclusion in DSM5 be the next child mental health epidemic?


The American Psychiatric Association is on the verge of following disgraced Harvard Professor Joseph Biederman’s ‘Juvenile Bipolar’ lead and condemning irritable children to a label of ‘Disruptive Mood Disregulation Disorder’ and ’off label’ antipsychotics.

The central characteristics of ‘Disruptive Mood Disregulation Disorder’ proposed for inclusion in DSM5 are childhood “irritability” and “temper outbursts” occurring, ”on average, three or more times per week”.1 Disruptive Mood Disregulation Disorder represents a disturbing evolution of the absurd and dangerous practice of diagnosing children, even very young children, with ‘Juvenile Bipolar Disorder’. Although not an official psychiatric disorder Juvenile Bipolar Disorder was enthusiastically and successfully promoted by disgraced Harvard University Professor of Psychiatry, Joseph Biederman.

Biederman, who was also Director of the Johnson & Johnson Centre for Paediatric Psych-Pathology research at Massachusetts Hospital and according to the New York Times is the “the world’s most prominent advocate of diagnosing bipolar disorder in even the youngest children and of using antipsychotic medicines to treat the disease”.2 He is largely responsible for the enormous growth in US antipsychotic prescribing rates to children including Johnson & Johnson’s very profitable antipsychotic Risperidone (brand name Risperidal). In April Johnson & Johnson were fined US$1.2Billion by an Arkansas court for making misleading claims about the safety of Risperidal. This followed similar outcomes in other US states.3

In 2011, US congressional investigations led by Iowan Senator Charles E. Grassley exposed that Biederman received at least US$1.6m in undisclosed fees from drug-makers from 2000 to 2007 and only revealed a tiny fraction of this income to Harvard University.4 The New York Times reports “court documents dating over several years that Dr. Biederman wants sealed showed that he told the drug-giant Johnson & Johnson that planned studies of its medicines in children would yield results benefiting the company”.5

Taking and not disclosing drug company money and planning beneficial research results is reprehensible behaviour. Harvard University’s decision to effectively give Biederman little more than a rap on the knuckles brings discredit to one of the world’s most prestigious universities.6 Perhaps Harvard was motivated more by the funding that Biederman and his cronies attract to the university than by the damage they bring to the university’s reputation. Harvard’s failure to take strong ethical action against Biederman has meant that his influence, although waning, is still considerable.

Thankfully Juvenile Bipolar Disorder is not officially recognised as a diagnosable condition in the current DSM (DSMIV). Supporters lobbied to have it included in the DSMIV, however the DSMIV development committee “found scientific support unconvincing and refused to do so”.7 Regardless, hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of children have been diagnosed with the unofficial disorder and treated with anti-psychotics like Johnson & Johnson’s Risperidal.8 These medications “can cause serious complications – major weight gain, obesity, diabetes, cardio vascular disease and possibly shortened life expectancy. Sudden death has occurred in a few cases where excessive doses and/or multiple drugs were given to very young children.”9

The proposal to include Disruptive Mood Disregulation Disorder is in part a reaction to criticisms of the use of anti-psychotics for Juvenile Bipolar Disorder. The authors of DSM5 are proposing Disruptive Mood Disregulation Disorder as an alternative to the diagnosis of Juvenile Bipolar Disorder, using the rationale that this will help curb anti-psychotic prescribing rates to children. In effect, they are proposing a “juvenile bipolar light” disorder.

Given the unrestrained enthusiasm for prescribing psychotropics ‘off label’ to children exhibited by many clinicians, particularly paediatricians, the opposite is likely to occur.10 The inevitable outcome is that more children will be diagnosed and experience tells us the more children diagnosed with a ‘psychiatric disorder’, the more children are subjected to the cheap and convenient practice of speculative ‘off label’ prescribing.

The only sensible course of action for the American Psychiatric Association is to reject out-of-hand the notion of Juvenile Bipolar Disorder or any lighter version thereof including Disruptive Mood Disregulation Disorder. Failure to do so will drag the American Psychiatric Association into another epidemic of childhood drugging for which, unlike ADHD, they currently bear no responsibility.

Martin Whitely MLA www.speedupsitstill.com

  1. For a full description of the proposed diagnostic criteria see http://www.dsm5.org/proposedrevision/pages/proposedrevision.aspx?rid=397
  2. New York Times Topic Page for Professor Joseph Biederman available at http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/b/joseph_biederman/index.html
  3. Companies belittled risks of Risperdal, slapped with huge fine, Los Angeles Times 11 April 2012. Michael Muskal available at http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/11/nation/la-na-nn-risperdal-arkansas-20120411
  4. New York Times Topic Page for Professor Joseph Biederman available at http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/b/joseph_biederman/index.html
  5. New York Times Topic Page for Professor Joseph Biederman available at http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/b/joseph_biederman/index.html
  6. For more detail see http://speedupsitstill.com/world-leading-adhd-%e2%80%98expert%e2%80%99-harvard-professor-joseph-biederman-sanctioned-hidden-drug-company-money-allegations
  7. Dr Allen Frances, Huffington Post, The false epidemic of Childhood Bipolar Disorder available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allen-frances/children-bipolar-disorder_b_1213028.html
  8. There are no reliable estimates of child prescribing patient numbers. In the U.S. outpatient office visits for children and adolescents with bipolar disorder increased 40-fold from 20,000 in 1994–95 to 800,000 in 2002–03. http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/06/19/mommy-am-i-really-bipolar.html
  9. Dr Allen Frances, Huffington Post, The false epidemic of Childhood Bipolar Disorder available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allen-frances/children-bipolar-disorder_b_1213028.html
  10. A recent study of psychiatrists in Christchurch New Zealand revealed that 96% of them prescribed antipsychotics off label. While it is unlikely that rate is replicated across the globe it is nonetheless an alarming statistic and indicates the practice is very common. M. Slezack, Psychiatry Update, 26 April 2012, 96% of psychiatrists prescribe off-label anti-psychotics http://www.psychiatryupdate.com.au/latest-news/off-label-anti-psychotics-almost-universally-presc

#australia FM again displays ignorance re #Assange , minces words -ABC News: US has no plans to extradite Assange: Carr

read the quotes, this unelected minister is a dangerous failure…

US has no plans to extradite Assange: Carr
The Federal Government says there is no evidence to suggest Julian Assange will eventually be extradited to America to face trial for divulging US state secrets.

The WikiLeaks founder is holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as his bid for political asylum is consideredHe is seeking to avoi…

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#Perth crew pls share -> SAFE in Oz Training Workshops – WA. #selfharm #mentalhealth

Self-Abuse Finally Ends

“… I now know this would be the most important decision I have made in my life. It gave me my life!”

said Juliet, 27 years of age.

“I have not hurt myself since February 2002”

Hi there everyone … J

SAFE in Oz in partnership with Baptistcare [Perth] in

Welshpool [WA] – 23rd & 24th July 2012

Attached is a workshop flyer and an electronic Registration Form for your convenience …

It would be greatly appreciated if you could please forward this information throughout your networks…

We aim to give workshop participants an insight into the headspace of one who self-abuses in order to better understand their ‘real’ world and experiences; focussing specifically on their thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Throughout the workshop we encourage participants to employ strength based practice, in collaboration with their clients, as a means to discovering a myriad of healthier alternative behaviours to use in response to their inner trauma.

As self-abuse does not impact solely on the physical aspect of an individual’s life, we link self-abuse to its impact on the, mind, spirit and social aspects of life and explore the related long term effects.

We also discuss the connection between self-abuse and suicide, BPD [Borderline Personality Disorder], mental illness, sexual assault, domestic violence and adolescence.

The presentation mode for the workshop is both interactive and activity based and includes ‘real’ case studies, PowerPoint presentation and DVD.

Each workshop participant is provided with a SAFE in Oz brochure, pen and presentation folder. The folder includes a workbook for each day which contains a copy of the PowerPoint presentation, activity pages and additional subject related reference material.

The activity sheets include strategies and tools for use with clients, while the reference material acts to enhance understanding and give insight into related topics.

You can also access information on our website and links to our Training Calendar 2012, individual workshop information, generic registration form and our bi-monthly newsletter – ‘Hope, Help & Hanging Out’…

There are limited places for the workshops.

Thanks and have a great day

Kind regards

Annie Slocombe – 0433 085 367

Di Wines – 0417 303 505

P.O. Box 19 Foster Victoria Australia 3960



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Western Australia a Carbon Emissions Catastrophe – Robin Chapple

Robin Chapple MLC

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region


Western Australia a Carbon Emissions Catastrophe

21 June 2012

On the eve of Australia’s Prime Minister attending the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, research recently released by the Greens WA spokesperson on Climate Change, Robin Chapple MLC, shows that WA is tracking ‘off the scale’ for carbon emissions increases.

The findings of this research are disturbing. In the coming decade, when we should be constraining the growth of carbon emissions and making clear plans to reduce our future emissions, WA is instead set to increase its greenhouse gas emissions vastly and rapidly.

Western Australia’s emissions in 1990, the benchmark year for Kyoto Agreements, were 52.0 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), and by 2009 this had grown to 69.9 million tonnes.

This new research shows that emissions are now in the region of 85 million tonnes of CO2e per annum. The most worrying finding of this research is that pending industrial development is set to emit a further 83 to 128 million tonnes per annum.

These new projects, if approved and operating at full scale, could see our emissions more than double during the coming decade, and more than triple that of our reporting base year of 1990.

“As the primary regulator of industry in our state, our State Government should play a key role in facilitating the transition from a carbon intensive economy to a low carbon, clean economy,” said Robin Chapple today.

“However the current State Government has no policy on how we will support the Commonwealth in meeting Kyoto and National targets, and it sets no articulated targets of its own.

I consider industrial development left unmeasured and unmonitored, with no clear commitment to disclose emissions profiles, or manage and reduce emissions and energy use, tantamount to negligence on the part of the State and call on this Government to consider future generations before it considers mining profits,” stated Mr Chapple.

For more information or to access the full report please go to: http://www.robinchapple.com/sites/default/files/GHG%20Estimates%20WA%202012%20Final.pdf, and for a copy of the WA Emissions Estimates Inventory go to: http://www.robinchapple.com/sites/default/files/Carbon%20Emissions%20Inventory%20Major%20Resource%20Projects%20%E2%80%93%20AGEIS%202012%20data.pdf

Also available is a google map illustrating emitting industries and their ‘per annum’ emissions at: http://ow.ly/awKt0.

Robin Chapple MLC will be available on the steps of Parliament House for interview / statement with copies of the report at 9.30am, Thursday 21stJune, 2012.

For more information please contact Robin Chapple on 9486 8255

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