#OccupyPerth News – TOMORROW!! Planning Meeting for #Globalnoise

Occupy Perth News – TOMORROW!! Planning Meeting for #Globalnoise

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General Assembly 11am September 1st -Perth Cultural Centre
Planning for International Day of Action – #globalNOISE

Occupy Perth have been invited to bring the following proposal for an international day of action to our local assembly and aligned groups for endorsement and involvement. Please check out the following and if it is of interest we invite you to come down to the Perth Cultural Centre outside the State Library of Western Australia THIS SATURDAY 11am on the 1st September to begin planning our involvement.

Please RSVP HERE – https://www.facebook.com/events/335391453220960/ – and share with your contacts!!


What is globalNOISE?

International activists involved in the Indignato and Occupy movements have begun a campaign to create GlobalNoise, a worldwide cacerolazo, or casserole march, on Saturday, October 13th, 2012. The hope is that local Occupations and Collectives will take up the call to march, using the method of a casserole march to highlight whatever issues are the most important to their community.

Historically, banging on a pot has been a universally understood means to gain attention. From children to adults, we all know that a pot or pan can be easily used as a makeshift drum or an alarm. With #globalNOISE, it’s both. The casserole march has its origins as a means to call attention to problems facing the community that the power structure is not addressing, using a method that is hard to ignore. In the past, this form of activism has been used to draw attention to education reform, starvation, government corruption, inequality in resources, and more.

It has been revived recently in the international Occupy and Spanish Indignatos movements, and most notably by the Student movement in Canada. Since then, it has spread worldwide. It is from these historical references and recent examples that the idea of a coordinated worldwide cacerolazo emerged. An international showing of frustration and unrest on a global scale that would be hard to ignore. A GlobalNoise.

How to make noise with kitchen equipment

The basic idea behind potbanging is simple. Using any cooking spoon or utensil, you hit the bottom of an empty pot, a pan, or some similarly shaped non-glass kitchen equipment. In our experience, metal or wooden cooking spoons make the best drum sticks.

Alternative instruments

The goal of the GlobalNoise initiative is to draw attention to itself, indeed that is the very idea behind a casserole march. And while kitchen equipment may be the first choice, it is most certainly not the only choice. Remember, the goal is to draw attention. If you don’t have access to kitchen equipment, you can use whatever will make noise, even actual instruments, like whistles, horns, vuvuzelas, or even drums. DIY instruments or established noise makers don’t matter, just make noise. You can even encourage drivers to join in with their horns as you pass them on the march. In Spain, they call that “Pitodromo”.

As you can see there´s no limit to the imaginative way you choose to make some noise. And if you have any interesting and fun ways in mind, please share it with us. We love suggestions. post on our facebook page, tweet at us (@potbanging), or join the working group!

Size and Shape of a casserole march

A potbanging demonstration can be any size, from small to big. The bigger the group the louder the noise, but even one person banging on a pot makes a lot of noise.

The GlobalNoise working group encourages you to organize Cacerolazo actions in your own city for October 13th 2012. (Due to events already being planned and in progress in various assemblies, some groups and collectives will have GlobalNoise actions over the course of that week. So if the 13th is impossible for your group, try for another day in that week.

Remember, potbanging marches are particularly suited for spontaneous participation, especially if the attitude and tone of the march stays festive and positive. Spectators quickly realize that they don’t need anything more than a noise maker to join in.

Examples of potbanging actions

There have been many potbanging-protests worldwide over the last year since the formation of the Ingdinado and Occupy movements. The reason for unrest has ranged from the student debt crisis to the shortage of resources, while the method of expressing the frustration has been the same.
There was a large casserole march against inflation in Argentina earlier this year. Reuters reported that “Several thousand Argentines protested against the government… by banging pots and pans in front of the presidential palace in Buenos Aires.” In Seattle, the “noise making” from the Student Debt Noise Brigade takes place once a week. In addition, as reported by Global Montreal, the Montreal casserole marches inspired solidarity demonstrations worldwide. Even back in October 2010 Oldenburg, Germany held the ‘Krach schlagen statt Kohldampf schieben‘ demonstration demanding living wages and fair access to resources.

A worldwide globalNOISE is coming

In June of 2012, activists from many different countries, social justice movements, and networks began planning a nonviolent worldwide day of action connected solely by this most noticeable of protest methods, the cacerolazo. The collected activists formed a working group, and the following proposal was created.
Each collective or general assembly interested in participating is encouraged to identify what local or regional issues most adversely affect their communities and then join the world in a casserole march. We feel using the power of our collective mass can create a sound of our world population calling out for change that will be hard to ignore. The globalNOISE working group has called for Saturday October 13th to be the day of action where we as flood the streets and towns with the distinctive noise of potbanging.

As of late August, members of the Indignado and Occupy movements from many cities, including London, Brussels, Chicago, Madrid, Paris, Hamburg, and Perth, have endorsed this proposal and/or begun planning a globalNOISE casserole action. And the list is growing daily.

Get involved!

It’s easy to help make globalNOISE a success. You can simply share the idea of globalNOISE with your family, your friends, on facebook, over twitter, and other social networks. Consider sharing the official facebook page and twitter account, or using the hashtag #globalNOISE.
Contact your local general assembly or activist collectives to begin planning creating an event in your area. And be sure to let us know about it!
If you’d like to help coordinate the global aspect, please feel free to join the working group meetings and listserve. As it’s a world wide global action, we have a need for translators, and other contributors. If you’re interested, we’d love to have you involved. More information can be found on our website: www.globalnoise.net

While we may be separated by physical space, we are all united in our struggle. Help us make sure that on October 13th, in every town, in every city, on every continent, the world will hear the sound of change.
We will make a globalNOISE!

For questions, concerns, comments, suggestions, here’s some contact info and web resources:

Website: www.globalnoise.net
Twitter: @potbanging #globalNOISE
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/globalNOISE
Facebook group: http://on.fb.me/PWb8L5
InterOccupy hub: http://interoccupy.net/globalnoise/
Occupii: http://occupii.org/group/globalnoise-international

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New Port for Kimberley being pushed by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy.

Robin Chapple MLC

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region


New Port for Kimberley being pushed by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy.

Friday, 31 August 2012

The Liberal/National push for the Industrial development of the Kimberley is now also being supported by the CME with its support for a new Industrial Port at Point Torment north of Derby.

Any development at this location would threaten the breeding cycles of the critically endangered Freshwater Sawfish, Speartooth Shark, Northern River Shark, Snubfin Dolphins and Barramundi, not to mention the globally significant mangroves lining the shores of the Sound, as well as the turtles nesting on the Point.

The Liberal/National government has made no secrets of its vision for Point Torment as a deepwater port and industrial hub, thereby facilitating the industrialization of the Kimberley.

However, as Premier Barnett has also said, the ‘challenging tidal conditions’ in King Sound make the big ships intended to use the proposed facility a major chemical and biological threat to the ecological systems both here and in the Fitzroy River, which flows into the Sound a little to the west.

Robin Chapple MLC, Greens WA Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region has this to say about the proposed development today:

“To develop this rich and unique area would, in my opinion, be a travesty. I will do everything in my power to promote the wonderful values of this Garden of Eden and to prevent its destruction.”

Point Torment has been firmly in the sights of developers since 2005 when the Regional Minerals Program of the Department of Minerals and Petroleum (DMP) released its ‘Developing the West Kimberley’s Resources’ report.

This document identified the infrastructure required to develop a bauxite mine at Mitchell Plateau and an alumina refinery and industrial port at Point Torment. Links were clearly established between using the natural gas resources of the Browse Basin to power the proposed alumina refinery and heavy industrial area to be based at Point Torment.

When Rey Resources announced its brown coal reserves in the Fitzroy River floodplain they added they could use Point Torment as a port terminal for its coal resources.

Regrettably, but not surprisingly, Torment spit, including Point Torment, was not included in the West Kimberley National Heritage listed area that was proclaimed by the Federal Minister for the Environment Hon Tony Burke MP in August 2011.

For more information please contact Robin Chapple on 9486 8255

WA Greens urge Ministers to take bold action on housing affordability

WA Greens urge Ministers to take bold action on housing affordability

Greens WA State housing spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC, national housing spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam. Thursday August 30th, 2012.

The Greens WA applaud the release of the Australians for Affordable Housing four-point plan on the eve of the Housing Ministers meeting in Perth tomorrow.

Greens state housing spokesperson Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC said: “The four-point plan is not a Band-Aid solution – it is a comprehensive approach to a complex problem.”

“Listen up, Mr Redman – the voices of Australia’s leading thinkers on housing affordability, backed by almost 70 NGOs and peak bodies, are putting forward the kind of innovative solutions we need to see. What action will you take?”

“While Western Australia now has an affordable housing strategy on paper, we need to see action. Mr Barnett’s Liberal colleagues in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria have not even taken the first basic step of drafting a plan. Tomorrow’s meeting must produce a real strategy for solving this problem nation-wide,” said Ms MacLaren.

The Greens national housing spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said: “State and Federal ministers could draw much from this plan. It sets realistic targets to tackle Australia’s housing crisis. The missing ingredient is political will.”

“Australians for Affordable Housing’s target of 30,000 additional new affordable units each year is achievable. Over five years, this would make a real difference in affordability; it will reduce homelessness and bring stability to the lives of many people who struggle to pay the rent one fortnight to the next.”

“The Greens have long advocated a coordinated State and Federal approach to affordable housing. We’ve called for the expansion and continuation of the National Rental Affordability Scheme, and the introduction of a ‘Convert To Rent’ programme to put the thousands of unused properties around the country to use as low-cost housing,” said Senator Ludlam.

Media contacts:

Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

#Australia ‘Billionaire’s burden’ a cruel hoax – Greens @SenatorLudlam – poor can’t afford 99% of rentals in W.A.

‘Billionaire’s burden’ a cruel hoax

Australian Greens housing spokesperson – Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam. 30August 2012.

Mining billionaire and heir to Lang Hancock’s empire Gina Rinehart has no idea what life is like for workers on the minimum wage, the Australian Greens said today.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said Ms Rinehart’s desire to cut the minimum wage was “based on ignorance and a complete lack of concern for the challenges working people face in their lives”.

“According to Anglicare’s research, people on minimum wage can’t afford more than 95 per cent of the rental properties in this country, and more than 99 per cent of the rentals in Western Australia. Workers on minimum wage can’t pay the rent, and they’ve got an old-money billionaire telling them they should work more and be paid less for it.”

Senator Ludlam said it was “insulting” that Ms Rinehart told working people to, in her words, “spend less time drinking, or smoking and socialising, and more time working”.

“Gina Rinehart’s message to these workers is – stop trying to enjoy the little free time you have, and work harder. Australian workers already work very hard and productivity is growing. Not all of us were able to inherit a mining empire shortly before a world-wide mineral commodities boom.”

“Australian workers on the minimum wage should be paid more, not less, and mining billionaires should pay their fair share of tax.”

Media contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

#Australia New #fracking regulations welcome but still some way to go: Greens

New fracking regulations welcome but still some way to go: Greens

29 August 2012

WA Greens Spokesperson for Water Alison Xamon MLC has today welcomed the release of the 2012 Petroleum Environment Regulations, saying they went a long way to addressing problems of regulation and transparency in the industry of fracking for unconventional gas.

“The Greens have been repeatedly calling for tougher regulations around this industry and for complete transparency for over 18 months,” Ms Xamon said.

Ms Xamon first called for a moratorium in March of 2011, which was debated in Parliament last month.

“When we first started calling for tougher regulations the response from Government was that the existing regulations were fine, when we knew they were far from acceptable. It took the Hunter review to confirm what the Greens had been saying, that there was significant need for improvement.

“Now, largely as a result of the Greens’ calls for action on this issue, far more stringent regulations have been created for Western Australia.

“We welcome the move towards greater transparency, especially in relation to the use of chemicals.

“Until now it has been next to impossible to find out which chemicals have been used in fracking operations, which has potentially put people and the environment at risk.

“There is a question as to whether these regulations will be applied retrospectively and whether the public will be able to find out which chemicals have already been used in the fracking operations for unconventional gas which have already occurred.”

Ms Xamon said despite the improvements in the regulations, there were still some significant areas where even more improvement was needed.

“For example, the fines need to be substantially larger. The maximum fine of $10,000 is simply not a sufficient deterrent for breaches of conditions,” she said.

“Also, we are disappointed that the chemicals are not necessarily going to be assessed by NICNAS for the purposes of fracking before they are approved – we call on the Government to still do this.

“We note in addition that the regulations still don’t contain complete transparency.

“For example, only a summary of the EMP will be released – we are calling for the full, unedited EMP to be made publicly available.

“Other information that must be publicly available includes all the monitoring results, and any decisions the Minister makes in relation to approvals.

“And the Greens remain concerned about the lack of information which exists statewide about aquifer connectivity and geological stress fields.

“Finally we call on the EPA to reverse its decision not to independently assess any of the fracks which have already occurred.

“The EPA must ensure they have undertaken the necessary independent assessment before this industry develops any further.”

For more information contact

Hon Alison Xamon MLC

Member for the East Metropolitan Region

Office: 62 Eighth Ave Maylands WA 6051

Postal Address: PO Box 104 Maylands WA 6931

Phone: (08) 9272 1718

Fax: (08) 9272 1719

Portfolios: Water, Urban Bushland, Mental Health, Education, Training, Industrial Relations, Employment, Occupational Health & Safety, Disabilities, Women, Children & Youth, Public Service, Community Services,Electoral Affairs, Consumer Protection, Vet Affairs, Volunteering

Note of thanks from @liz_beths to all who helped gain the freedom of @austingmackell ( & 2 colleagues) in #Egypt

This is from Elizabeth Humphrys ( @liz_beths on twitter ) who was pivotal in gaining support for Austin’s freedom and confirmation of his good name as a respected professional journalist.

Dear all

Late last night VERY good news came through to Sydney, when Austin tweeted from Cairo that the new Egyptian Justice Minister had advised the Australian Ambassador that the case against him was dropped and the travel ban lifted. A short time later Austin was able to confirm through his lawyer that the charges against his translator and Egyptian national Aliya Alwi, as well as US student Derek Ludovici, were also dropped.

I want to express my gratitude and thank you for lending your name to this open letter/petition – which ultimately received just shy of ten thousand signatures. Thank you for contributing to the success of this campaign!

I would like to thank Michael Brull for helping draft the original open letter, and the change.org team who provided support, advice and promoted the issue in the Australian media. Thanks should also go to Senator Lee Rhiannon and Senator Scott Ludlum from the Australian Greens, who raised this matter in the Commonwealth Parliament, and to Sydney activists Paddy Gibson and James Supple who helped organise the main public demonstration in Australia.

I’m personally very relieved for Austin, and for his family and friends, and trust this is the end of any legal issues for him in Egypt. Austin was arrested on his way to research an article for a open access social movements journal that I help edit (called ‘Interface’), and you can read his account of his arrest and ordeal in our Arab Spring special issue here: http://www.interfacejournal.net/2012/05/interface-volume-4-issue-1-the-season-of-revolution-the-arab-spring-and-european-mobilizations/.

As I’m sure Austin would want me to point out, the future is far from certain in Egypt and many of those actively campaigning for democracy (or reporting on it for the media) often do so at great personal risk. Our thoughts remain with those in Egypt, struggling and working to create a better society for all its citizens.

Best wishes and thank you again
Elizabeth Humphrys