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Australia must take stand against nuclear weapons
MEDIA RELEASE – Thursday 28 October 2010
The Australian Greens today urged the Government to support a United Nations draft resolution calling for a ban on the production, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons to be voted on tomorrow in New York.
Greens spokesperson for nuclear issues, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the Government should take the opportunity to make a clear statement of support for a nuclear weapons convention.
“It is almost difficult to believe that the Government abstained from voting on the equivalent resolution last year,” said Senator Ludlam. “In 2009 124 countries supported the resolution, with only 31 against and Australia amongst the 21 member states that refused to take a stand on the issue.”
Draft resolution L.50 is a new version of the resolution adopted annually calling on the implementation of the 1996 International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion through the negotiation of a nuclear weapons convention prohibiting the development, production, testing, deployment, stockpiling, transfer, threat or use of nuclear weapons and providing for their elimination.
Senator Ludlam said the 2010 version of the resolution also includes statements affirming that International Humanitarian Law applies at all times, calling on the nuclear weapons states to undertake a number of nuclear disarmament steps, stressing that all UN members states need to make efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons and acknowledging the UN Secretary General’s five-point proposal for nuclear disarmament.
“Australia can show leadership on this issue. There have been recent positive signs in that regard such as the work of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties and the report from Gareth Evans. Friday’s vote in the UN is a great opportunity to continue that progress,” said Senator Ludlam.
*With New York 15 hours behind AEDT the result of the vote may not be known in Australia until late tomorrow or early Saturday.
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LNG will cause massive expansion in WA’s greenhouse gas emissions
WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam says that all new highly polluting liquefied natural gas projects must be forced to sequester their greenhouse gas emissions, as new figures reveal a massive expansion in Western Australian greenhouse gas emissions within six years if all proposed new LNG projects go ahead.
After raising the issue in Senate Question Time today (WED 27/10), Senator Ludlam dismissed the Government’s vague acknowledgement of the massive blowout.
“Most people would be horrified if they knew that rather than curbing our greenhouse gas emissions, new projects being promoted by the WA and Federal governments will cause Western Australia’s total emissions to double – and add significantly to our national emissions profile,” Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said.
“WA’s annual greenhouse gas emissions are around 80mtpa now; if all the new gas and coal projects proposed in WA go ahead, by 2016, WA will emit more than double that each year.
“About 60mtpa extra emissions will come from major new gas developments targeting the liquefied natural gas export market, including Browse Basin, proposed to be processed at James Price Point in the Kimberley.
“The proposed James Price Point hub, to process Browse gas, will alone emit an extraordinary 32 million tonnes a year of greenhouse gases – equivalent to five per cent of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions now, or all of New Zealand’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions,” Senator Ludlam said.
“The companies behind these gas projects claim that gas is a clean energy, but they don’t talk about the massive emissions that are caused when gas from high-CO2 gas fields is processed and that CO2 is stripped out and vented to the atmosphere,” Senator Ludlam continued.
“Much attention has been given to plans to geo-sequester CO2 from the Gorgon venture into the rock beneath Barrow Island – yet less than 40 per cent of Gorgon’s annual greenhouse gas emissions is proposed to be sequestered.
“Worse, under an appalling arrangement quietly signed off by the Federal Government and Premier Barnett in August 2009, Federal and State and taxpayers have been made liable for the potential multi-billion dollar cost if the CO2 leaks out.
“Geo-sequestration has not been proven to be achievable, safe or cost-effective.
“The Greens say that all new polluting coal and gas projects must not go ahead until carbon capture and storage is proven to be effective and safe and can therefore be made a binding condition on projects going ahead. In addition, the owners of these projects, not taxpayers, must be made legally liable for any future pollution costs should the CO2 leak.”
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Parliament must have final say on war – WA Senator
The Australian Greens used the Afghanistan war debate today to strengthen their call for Parliament to be given the power to declare war.
“The Greens believe the power to send Australian forces to war should rest in the hands of Parliament,” West Australian Senator Scott Ludlam told the Senate today. “The former Government’s reckless and indefinite commitment to an unwinnable war in Afghanistan is a stark reminder of the need for Parliament, as the body in which the will of the people is invested, to decide upon the deployment of the nation’s defence forces.”
The Greens’ legal affairs spokesperson used comments from the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition to support The Greens’ push for more democratic decision making on war.
“The Prime Minister said she believes this debate is ‘an important one for our people and our Parliament’ and that ‘our highest duty is to make wise decisions about war’,” he said. “The Leader of the Opposition said ‘something as grave as a serious military campaign should be justified to the Parliament’. This justification should take place before the campaign begins, rather than nine years after the fact.”
Senator Ludlam said the decision to support the invasion of Iraq was, to the best of his knowledge, made by only 17 people – a situation that must not be repeated.
“There was no debate, no discussion and certainly no vote,” he said. “Never again should the executive be able to unilaterally commit this country to war.”
The Senator said the United Kingdom was on the brink of adopting similar changes and the US Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war. He added that a large number of other democratic countries around the world require parliamentary approval for declarations of war.
Senator Ludlam said non-military aid would do more to assist the Afghan people than an ongoing military intervention. He was critical of the high civilian death toll and the Karzai Government’s alleged corruption and vote rigging.
“The ongoing presence of foreign armed forces in Afghanistan acts as a provocation for recruitment to insurgent forces… Only a legitimate Afghan government – which draws its legitimacy from the mandate of its people – could successfully put an end to the fighting in Afghanistan.”
Melbourne 2010 – Knowledge Cities World Summit
21 October, 2010 | Understanding James Packer’s $300 million plunge back into free-to-air television requires insights into the workings of casino regulation in Australia, argues Stephen Mayne in the Drum Unleashed.
21 October, 2010 | There is an important difference between meeting a curriculum priority and the general capability of Intercultural understanding.
26 October, 2010 | Climate change efforts are becoming more decentralised, writes Stephen Howes in Inside Story
19 October, 2010 | How have the regions weathered the GFC? Robert Tanton looks at the data
25 October, 2010 | Kevin Rudd might prove to be a much better foreign minister than prime minister, writes Mike Steketee in the Australian
25 October, 2010 | Barnaby Joyce praising Canberra? It’s a reminder of the mixed feelings evoked by the national capital, writes Norman Abjorensen in Inside Story
22 October, 2010 | As the ALP begins its official investigation into the causes of its recent near catastrophe, political advisers will be singled out for blame. Denis Glover argues in The Australian that this is unjust and wrong.
21 October, 2010 | Marshall McGuire takes the artistic pulse of the Australian orchestral sector by reflecting on five keystones of what can make this art vibrant.
Australian Bureau of Statistics
21 October, 2010 | Covering topics including employment in culture, time spent on cultural activities, attendances at cultural venues and events, expenditure on culture, and imports and exports of cultural goods and services, this report provides a comprehensive statistical overview of culture in Australia.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority
21 October, 2010 | A national fax marketing industry standard is intended to provide the community with greater certainty regarding the minimum level of behaviour they can expect from fax marketers. To develop a national industry standard, ACMA is seeking public comment on this discussion paper .
Peter Achterstraat | The Audit Office of New South Wales
21 October, 2010 | The Government of New South Wales is not able to provide assurance that it is safeguarding its holdings of sensitive personal information because its policy has not been properly implemented, concludes this audit.
David Ingles | The Australia Institute
22 October, 2010 | The Australian tax-transfer system targets those in need and, as a consequence, is prone to poverty traps, where higher private income leads to very little gain in disposable income. This paper examines available evidence on this problem, and looks at both incremental and radical solutions.
Patricia Apps | Centre for Economics Policy Research (CEPR)
21 October, 2010 | Proposing a return to a strongly progressive individual based income tax and universal family payments, this paper shows that the reforms suggested by the Henry Review would consolidate the existing, unfair, family tax system.
25 October, 2010 | These reports provide the results of qualitative and quantitative research into community attitudes about superannuation.
Training and Skills Commission
25 October, 2010 | This report is the annual update of the Skills for Jobs Five Year Plan. The update reflects the changing priorities of industry in South Australia and what is required to meet those priorities over the next five years.
John Stanwick | National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
25 October, 2010 | In mid-2010 NCVER undertook a review of a program that encourages early-career researchers, VET professionals and experienced researchers from outside the sector to undertake research in vocational education and training.
Angelo Gavrielatos, Susan Hopgood | Australian Education Union
24 October, 2010 | This survey of over 11,000 Australian public school principals and teachers examines the affect of class size on student education as well as the extent of fundraising undertaken to provide basic classroom resources.
Bronwyn Hanna, Peter Phibbs | Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)
25 October, 2010 | Encouraging private investment in affordable housing Australia has been recognised as a major challenge by researchers and policy-makers for some time and this has generated considerable work on possible models.
COAG Reform Council
22 October, 2010 | Provides an assessment of governments’ performance against 2009 reform obligations, an assessment of risks to meeting reform obligations in future years, and an overview of governments’ progress in developing and delivering priority projects.
Murray–Darling Basin Authority
25 October, 2010 | This volume reflects the content of the overview and the regional guides, but at a more detailed level, with more of the technical background identified and explained.
Frank Jotzo | Centre for Climate Economics & Policy
25 October, 2010 | Following the Copenhagen climate Accord, developed and developing countries have pledged to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, emissions intensity or emissions relative to baseline. This paper puts the targets for the major countries on a common footing, and compares them across different metrics.
Erin Turner, Jacqueline Crowle | Productivity Commission
21 October, 2010 | The complex nature of childhood obesity suggests that policies need to be carefully designed to maximise cost-effectiveness, with a focus on evidence gathering, information sharing, evaluation and consequent policy modification.
John R. Graham, Wolfgang Kasper, Jeremy Sammut | Centre for Independent Studies
22 October, 2010 | Describing the negative impact the bureaucratisation of the hospital system has had on staff and patients in the last 30 years, these essays argue for the reestablishment of local hospital boards.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
25 October, 2010 | The supply of employed medical practitioners increased between 2004 and 2008, from 283 to 304 full-time equivalent practitioners per 100,000 population.
Collins M R | Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (ACPACS)
20 October, 2010 | EDR schemes cannot adequately service Indigenous Australians under their current modes of operation according to this article.
Frances Peters-Little, Ann Curthoys, John Docker | Australian National University E Press and Aboriginal History Incorporated
21 October, 2010 | The emotional engagements of both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people with Indigenous history are examined in this book.
Daniel Suryadarma | Centre for Economics Policy Research (CEPR)
25 October, 2010 | Comparing the labour market returns to numeracy and cognitive ability in Indonesia and the United States, this paper argues that different economic characteristics between developing and developed countries may require workers with different skills.
Office of Police Integrity
21 October, 2010 | Issues raised during OPI’s review of the investigation of deaths associated with police contact are identified in this paper.
Australian Institute of Criminology
25 October, 2010 |
A comprehensive evaluation of the Queensland Murri Court
Centre for the Human Rights of Imprisoned People (CHRIP)
20 October, 2010 | The number of women imprisoned in Victoria has increased by 25% over the past year, with a disproportionate number of the women imprisoned coming from Calturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
Family violence: Towards a holistic approach to screening and risk assessment in family support services
Elly Robinson, Lawrie Moloney | Australian Family Relationships Clearinghouse
25 October, 2010 | This paper reviews the current research and literature specific to family violence screening and risk assessment.
Office of Police Integrity
21 October, 2010 | Deficiencies in the recognition and management of conflict of interest in Victoria Police are identified in this OPI report.
Kath Curry | National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
25 October, 2010 | To what extent do local governments use vocational education and training as a staff retention strategy?
Australian Bureau of Statistics
22 October, 2010 | There in an increasing emphasis within Australia on using good statistical information in policy-making. This guide provides an overview of how data can be used to make well informed policy decisions
Daniel Suryadarma | Centre for Economics Policy Research (CEPR)
23 October, 2010 | This paper measures the evolution of the gender differences in numeracy among school age children using a longitudinal dataset from Indonesia.
Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian
22 October, 2010 | Data from a range of sources is collated to provide this eighth annual Snapshot report, a contemporary representation of the status of children and young people in Queensland.
The Salvation Army
22 October, 2010 | Finding that poverty is a complex phenomenon, The Salvation Army commissioned this report to have a closer look at the true impact poverty is having on people and their families.
21 October, 2010 |
A welcome trend has seen designers, manufacturers and consumers becoming increasingly aware of what is wasted, whether that be the left-over materials in producing a product for sale, or once sold, the product itself when we are tired of it.
25 October, 2010 | Discussing the arts component of the new national curriculum, three speakers outline what they think is good and bad about proposals for music, drama, dance, visual arts and media arts in schools up to Year 8.
25 October, 2010 |
A new report by The Grattan Institute titled Cities: who decides? looks closely at eight successful OS cities and asks – is there something in the way they make decisions – that has impacted on their success?
25 October, 2010 | As more and more refugees arrive in Australian waters by boat, Rear Vision takes a look at the history of Australia’s policies on asylum seekers, from the first boatload of Vietnamese back in 1976 through to today.
22 October, 2010 | In a country where Question Time is a blood sport and a strong current of anti-intellectualism runs through public life, it can be dangerous to have ideas in politics.
Centre for Policy Development 21 October, 2010 | Help develop the evidence and ideas we need to make Australia’s economy sustainableFull-time, two-year positionBased in Sydney About the CPD
Centre for Policy Development 21 October, 2010 | Make good ideas matter on the future of the public service in Australia4 days a weekBased in Sydney About the CPD
University of Melbourne Law School 20 October, 2010 | Dr Joo-Cheong Tham (Melbourne Law School), Professor Brian Costar (Swinburne University) and Associate Professor Graeme Orr have been awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant for a research project titled ‘Dollars and Democracy: The Dynamics of Australian Political Finance and its Regulation’.
Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences 26 October, 2010 | Established in 2004, the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences promotes and provides advocacy services for the humanities, arts and social sciences. It serves as a coordinating forum for educators, researchers, professionals and practitioners in the sector. The Council is seeking an Executive Director with a strong policy background in any or all of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences sectors, and an ability to marshal Australia’s considerable strengths in research, education and professional practice.
Department of Health and Families, Northern Territory Government 25 October, 2010 | An opportunity exists for an experienced Senior Policy Officer in the Aged and Disability Program.
Brotherhood of St Laurence lunchtime seminar – Early childhood policy, translation of research into practice
LOCATION: 67 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Fr Tucker’s room ORGANISED BY: Mary Sayers, Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, The Royal Children’s Hospital, and Fellow, Dept. of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne
28 October, 2010 | Recent research has deepened our understanding of how children develop and the factors that affect their development. The key areas in which our knowledge has grown include the nature and significance of the early years; the role and significance of relationships in child development; the neurobiology of interpersonal relationships; the cumulative impact of multiple risk and protective factors on child functioning and the interplay between genes and environment (Centre for Community Child Health, 2006).
Family Fortunes and the Global Financial Crisis – the consequences of an economic downturn for work, families and children
LOCATION: Shine Dome, Canberra ORGANISED BY: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
09 November, 2010 | The Global Financial Crisis of 2007-2010 (GFC) has been described as the ‘worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s’. This crisis presents a rare opportunity for the social sciences to directly study the effects of the business cycle on the relationship between the market, family households and the well-being of children.
What if Mainstream Science is Right? The Rout of Knowledge and Analysis in Australian Climate Change Policy
LOCATION: Shine Dome, Canberra ORGANISED BY: Professor Ross Garnaut AO
09 November, 2010 | Professor Ross Garnaut AO, FASSA, presents the 2010 Cunningham Lecture for the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia on 9 November 2010The lecture is open to the public and admission is free.Synopsis of lecture
LOCATION: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote
24 November, 2010 | CDN (Cultural Development Network) and CASPN (Community & Social Planners Network) one day conference
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Hotel ORGANISED BY: Liquid Learning Group Pty Ltd
23 February, 2011 |
LOCATION: National Convention Centre ORGANISED BY: Criterion Conferences
23 February, 2011 | Developing collaborative governance frameworksAccountability, transparency and integrity are the basic principles of good governance, and the key words currently driving Julia Gillard’s minority Government reform commitments. Governance across the Australian Public Service (APS) will now be under intense scrutiny to provide an open Government that is capable of sustaining good governance during policy reform.
LOCATION: Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour
03 April, 2011 |
The game has changed The learning and teaching game has changed. No longer relying on the central platforms and services we choose to provide, students now make their own choices about the technology they will use. They come to the university with their own devices and methods of interacting, and they expect the university to leverage and integrate with these.
20 October, 2010 | Harry Allen convincingly makes the case for Blandowski’s manuscript being a genuinely unique conception – a sort of visual anthropology of Aboriginal life, which is really a very modern conception. Harry Allen makes a compelling case for its significance and all power to him for seeing this. — Prof. Nicolas Peterson, ANU
ALTAR symposium – ‘Language in the disciplines: Disciplinary discourses and the embedding of academic literacy skills within programs’
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21 October, 2010 | This guide was compiled by Australia’s Commonwealth Parliamentary Library to assist Members and Senators as they prepared for the 20 October 2010 debate on Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan. It provides indisensable background information and statistics on the Aghanistan conflict and Australia’s role in it. Read the full guide>
21 October, 2010 |
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Remember, working girls and working boys are our sisters,brothers, kids and parents.
It will be a huge step forward to get even basic OH&S rights as part of new laws.