URGENT: #ausvotes #australia personnel about to go to war with #Syria under direct US command, but Parlt won’t be told & media won’t ask

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Aussie sons & daughters are already under US command in the Persian Gulf (see this article from 2009 for just part of our deployment story) and are likely to form at least a defensive posture in support of the US attack on Syria in other parts of the Middle east.

R.A.N. ships have had many encounters with elements of Iranian forces since major deployment in John Howard’s illegal support of the invasion of Iraq and are on Tehran’s radar without a doubt. I can’t  speak to aussies deployed or embedded with US land, air, special ops or intel elements. That illustrates the problem.

Aussies will vote for a new Government next saturday but no-one is talking about or asking about the war elephant in the room. That is scary and echoes the deadly, dangerous silence before every disastrous military adventure where we rushed to support the US.

I may be wrong, but if so, let the PM and Opposition leader tell me and you that, and spell out what risk they are putting our defense personnel in the name of a discredited US administration.

The Government is about to enter caretaker mode so there will be none of the parliamentary scrutiny of our war effort, certainly no opportunity for the sound rejection of war that we saw in the UK Parliament. ( A vote that led corporate media to almost visceral condemnation of those who questioned war.)

Whether an attack on that butcher Assad is right or wrong is sadly irrelevant.

What matters is that our sons and daughters are in harms way without so much as a whats up? from any of us.

So, please dear former colleagues in mainstream media, do your job. Speak truth to power and question whomever’s in charge about what is going on and what danger they are putting our family members in to appease a Government that has admitted spying on all of us, including our Politicians.

Whomever forms Government will inherit a defense force already at war and out of direct australian control.

Thesedays we don’t expect fearless reporting from Murdoch media and precious little from the rest, so please, ask  your favourite news outlet and MP, as well as Abbott and Rudd ( Khaki Kev was quoted in John Kerry’s war-drum speech last night as saying ‘we can’t turn a blind eye to Assad’s actions’) WTF is going on?

post script: “lest we forget” successive LNP & ALP Governments have been exposed as not looking after those who’ve returned from other bloody misadventures with Uncle Sam & their weasel words on “our troops” are tragically laughable.

Personal note: I send love and support for those who serve and their families, but I have nothing but contempt for the bastards who send them to foreign lands to kill and be killed for the US.

tony serve


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#Sydney Invitation: Royal Commission forum FRIDAY on child sexual abuse #children


The Dart Centre Asia Pacific/Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma is a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Dear friends,

In early September Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will commence wide-ranging public hearings. This is a historic moment: As the Commission’s chief executive, Janet Dines, said recently, the six Royal Commissioners and their staff will be "bearing witness on behalf of the nation."

The same holds true for news professionals who will cover the Royal Commission’s hearings. With that in mind, tomorrow – on Friday August 30 – Dart Centre Asia Pacific is running a one-day forum in Sydney for media professionals, to promote informed, accurate and ethical reporting on the Royal Commission and its inquiry.

The forum, "Reporting Responsibly on the Royal Commission Into Abuse," will be held at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney on Friday August 30 from 9am-6pm and is open to all working journalists free of charge.

We are especially pleased that The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, chair of the Royal Commission, will address the Dart Centre forum on Friday morning. The morning will also include two expert panels: "Understanding the experiences of those who have been abused – issues over a life span," featuring abuse survivor Peter Gogarty; the mother of a survivor, Pat Feenan; and Leonie Sheedy, of the Care Leavers Australian Network; and "Investigation, Policy and Perpetrators," focusing on Australian law, reform efforts and the mind of the perpetrator, with speakers including Frank McGuire, a State of Victoria Member of Parliament and award-winning former journalist; lawyer John Ellis; and psychologist Gerard Webster.

The afternoon will feature journalist-to-journalist workshops covering craft, ethics, and other issues related to reporting on the Royl Commission’s hearings and the broader issues involved, with the ABC’s Suzie Smith; Marc Bryant of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health; Joanne McCarthy of the Newcastle Herald, and Dart Center executive director Bruce Shapiro, who has traveled from New York to participate.

I hope you’ll consider joining us for this important programme. Pre-registration is required: If you wish to attend, please email my colleague Aly Walsh, aly.walsh.

Best wishes
Cait McMahon
Managing Director, Dart Centre Asia Pacific

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Thanks @RupertMurdoch, but we’ll decide our own election! @getup & Gosford want #ausvotes for Oz

from our friends at GetUp

Dear tony,

The Gosford Anglican Church’s sign perhaps said it best: "Thanks Rupert, but we’ll choose our own Government."

They’re supported by the Australian Press Council who issued a warning to newspapers this week, saying "a paper’s editorial viewpoints and its advocacy of them must be kept separate from its news columns."[1]

If you agree, check out our new ad and chip in to get it on the air:

Murdoch Ad

News Corp employs some of the best journalists in the country. But during this election campaign, News Corp Australia have consistently used the front pages of The Courier-Mail and The Daily Telegraph to launch aggressive political campaigns against one side of politics[2], while failing to scrutinise the other.

Some recent front page Murdoch headlines – all featuring various caricatures of Prime Minister Rudd – include:

  • "Kick this mob out" — The Daily Telegraph
  • "It’s a Ruddy Mess" — The Herald Sun
  • "I know nuthink!" (featuring the PM as Colonel Klink)– The Daily Telegraph
  • "Does this guy ever shut up" — The Courier-Mail
  • "Dear Leader" (featuring the PM as Kim Jong-Un) — The Daily Telegraph

The biased campaign is an insult to readers and the journalists who work on the papers. That’s why we created this new ad.

Click here to check it out and get it on the air before the election: http://www.getup.org.au/you-decide-this-election

The Murdoch-owned News Corp publications account for 65% of national and metropolitan daily newspaper circulation[3]. In Brisbane, home to more marginal seats than anywhere in the country, The Courier-Mail is the only state-wide daily newspaper available. What’s more, News Corp have been turning their front pages into huge political ads, installing them as bus-shelter and outdoor advertisements in key electorates.

We expect news from our newspapers. We expect to hear from journalists reporting the facts fearlessly, not from editors who have been flown in to run an attack-dog political campaign.

The only way to respond to a media bias this pervasive and influential is to go head-to-head – playing our own TV ads on screens in the same election battlegrounds currently only getting one side of the story from The Courier-Mail and The Daily Telegraph.

Let’s send a message loud and clear: Australian voters decide this election, not Mr Murdoch: www.getup.org.au/you-decide-this-election

For a free, fair and independent media,
the GetUp team.

PS. Interested in volunteering with GetUp on Election Day? If you haven’t already, register here: http://www.getup.org.au/volunteer

[1] Australian press watchdog chides Murdoch media, Reuters. 27th August 2013.
[2] Murdoch’s election coverage ‘insult to Australians’, SMH. 26th August 2013.
[3] FactCheck: does Murdoch own 70% of newspapers in Australia? 8th August 2013.

WA Senate Candidates Forum tomorrow night: Perth Town Hall w @SenatorLudlam

from the GetUp team:

Just a quick reminder about the WA Senate Candidates Forum, where your Senate candidates make their pitch for your vote and answer your questions on the topics that matter. It’s happening tomorrow night, Wednesday 28th August! In case you missed the email we sent last week, check it out below.

RSVP now to let the GetUp members who’ve organised this forum in their free time know you’re coming. RSVP now to let us know you’re coming.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Carl, for the GetUp team on behalf of Angela, Ben, Elvira, Linda, Paul, Peter, Remco and Sebastian in Perth

Dear tony,

Next Wednesday night you have a chance to hear directly from candidates running for the Senate in Western Australia – a crucial race that could determine whether one party gets absolute legislative power after this election.

A team of local GetUp members has organised a forum of Senate candidates, representing the broad political spectrum, who will make their pitch for your vote and answer your questions about the policy issues that matter. It’s how GetUp members put important issues on the agenda and make sure the candidates know Western Australian voters expect their politicians to stand up for a fair economy, social justice and a sustainable environment.

We can only have that influence on the Senate candidates if we show up. When the candidates see an auditorium full of passionate GetUp members they’ll know they need to take us seriously. Whoever is elected, they’ll remember the issues we raise and the questions we ask.

Your fellow GetUp members have done an amazing job pulling this event together. Will you join them on the night?
RSVP now to let us know you’re coming.

What: Western Australia Senate Candidates Forum.
When: 6:00pm-7:30pm, Wednesday 28 August.
Where: Perth Town Hall, Cnr Hay and Barrack Streets, Perth, WA 6000.

Candidates confirmed: Senator Sue Lines (ALP), Senator Scott Ludlam (The Greens), Anthony Fels (Katter’s Australian Party), Gerry Georgatos (Wikileaks Party).
Candidates invited: David Johnston (Liberal Party), David Eagles (National Party), Steve Palmer (Australian Sex Party).

RSVP: http://www.getup.org.au/western-australia-senate-forum

This forum has been organised by a group of local Perth GetUp members who’ve committed their time to organising this forum so that your future Senators are accountable to the community they want to represent.

It will be a fun, interesting night with a feisty debate and a lively question and answer session on the issues that really matter this election. Think of this as an antidote to spin and soundbite politics. After all, it’s not every day you get a chance to have a meaningful conversation with your prospective political candidates.

I hope you’ll join us on the night.

Carl, for the GetUp team on behalf of Angela, Ben, Elvira, Linda, Paul, Peter, Remco and Sebastian in Perth

#australia #Uranium moratorium needed as #Fukushima falls apart @SenatorLudlam

Uranium moratorium needed as Fukushima falls apart

Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, spokesperson on nuclear issues, 23 August 2013

More than two years after the Fukushima disaster began, 300 tonnes of highly radioactive water has poured into the sea from one of 1060 giant tanks storing the deadly liquid.

“The Australian-fuelled Fukushima catastrophe continues with TEPCO operators calling for international assistance to cope with the most recent leak, which they describe as a ‘serious incident’,” said Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

“Cesium 137, Strontium 90 and other radioactive poison is spewing into the Pacific Ocean every day.

“When I visited the Fukushima last year I met some of the 160,000 people who continue to be stranded because their homes and their farms are now contamination zones.

“As an exporter of uranium, the government should declare a moratorium until it has reassessed Australian standards and responsibilities in supplying uranium to Japan and the Tokyo Electric Power Company [TEPCO] where demonstrably inadequate regulation was evident.

“Despite the presence of Australian uranium in the four Fukushima Daiichi reactors when the disaster began, the Australian Government continues to pursue uranium sales to Russia and India – two countries with appalling nuclear safety records.

“The Government has done precisely nothing to address recommendations and issues raised in the September 2011 United Nations (UN) system-wide study on the implications of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

“Australia’s mining and export of uranium is irresponsible and unnecessary, providing only 0.29 per cent of national export revenue and less than 0.015 per cent of Australian jobs in the decade to 2011.

"The fossil and nuclear industries are being rapidly out-competed by renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies,” Senator Ludlam concluded.

Contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302