MEDIA ALERT: (change of venue) Libyan communities of Australia to hold rallies across the nation

MEDIA ALERT – Change of Venue

29 April 2011

Libyan communities of Australia to hold rallies across the nation

This Saturday, 30 April, the Australian-Libyan community in five different states have organised a day of Action for Australia with rallies taking place in each state. They will be joined by families and community members who are all outraged by the Gaddafi regime.

W.A. – Perth

Location: WESLEY CHURCH – Corner of William and Hay streets.

Time: 12:00 PM

Date: 30 – 04 – 2011

The Australian government needs to join the list of other countries that have formally recognised the Libyan National Transitional Council as the only legitimate governing body in Libya. This recognition also needs to be reflected in actions of support to help the council protect the Libyan civilians still at the mercy of the current situation.

The Libyan assets that are still frozen in various countries around the world need to be released to the National Transitional Council and greater coordination is required to equip the Libyan people with the support required to end this horrific situation that has been ongoing for the last three months. There is no room for Gaddafi and his family in the New Democratic Libya.

The rallies are united in their call for:

· Recognition of the National Transitional Council.

· An end to the Gaddafi genocide currently taking place.

· Greater humanitarian assistance for Libyans and Libyan refugees in various countries such as Tunisia and Italy.

Media Alert: Libyan communities of Australia to hold rallies across the nation #Libya

MEDIA ALERT

29 April 2011

Libyan communities of Australia to hold rallies across the nation

This Saturday, 30 April, the Australian-Libyan community in five different states have organised a day of Action for Australia with rallies taking place in each state. They will be joined by families and community members who are all outraged by the Gaddafi regime.

W.A. – Perth

Location: Rally starts from Forrest

Chase, marches to Murray Street – William St –

Hay St – Barrack St – Murray St, then

ends in Forrest Chase

Time: 12:00 PM

Date: 30 – 04 – 2011

The Australian government needs to join the list of other countries that have formally recognised the Libyan National Transitional Council as the only legitimate governing body in Libya. This recognition also needs to be reflected in actions of support to help the council protect the Libyan civilians still at the mercy of the current situation.

The Libyan assets that are still frozen in various countries around the world need to be released to the National Transitional Council and greater coordination is required to equip the Libyan people with the support required to end this horrific situation that has been ongoing for the last three months. There is no room for Gaddafi and his family in the New Democratic Libya.

The rallies are united in their call for:

  • Recognition of the National Transnational Council.
  • A stop to the current Gaddafi genocide currently taking place.
  • Greater humanitarian assistance for Libyans and Libyan refugees in various countries such as Tunisia and Italy.

For further information and interview requests please contact:

Nuri Salem ( DM @perthtones for Nuri’s mobile contact )

Corner-cutting governments leave Australia unprepared for oil price spike – WA Senator

WA Senator Scott Ludlam

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Corner-cutting governments leave Australia unprepared for oil price spike – WA Senator

Media release – Thursday April 28th, 2011

Decades of under-investment by governments across Australia have left the country extremely vulnerable to rising oil prices, the Australian Greens warned today.

The Greens transport spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said governments had been pouring money into roads and fuel subsidies while neglecting public rail.

“Over the past decade in this country, the amount of money spent by all levels of government on building public roads and bridges has been 4.3 times that spent on public railway construction,” he said. “At a time when it is clear the days of cheap oil are over, and with Australia set to import 70% of its oil by 2015, this is a recipe for disaster.”

Senator Ludlam said the Public Transport Report published by the Australian Conservation Foundation yesterday made for troubling reading.

“Following $5.1 billion given away as subsidies in the Fuel Tax Credits program in 2007-08, $11.3 billion was spent on road construction and more than $1 billion in Federal funding was surrendered for the Fringe Benefits Tax for private use of company cars in 2008/2009. Those figures contrast starkly with the $3.3 billion spent that year on rail construction nationally,” he said.

“The price of oil is rising and so is our dependence on imported fuel, without decisive action this will put enormous financial pressure on the vast majority of Australians,” said Senator Ludlam.

“All levels of governments need to work together to implement a national strategy for breaking our reliance on oil by developing world class public transport systems in every city and regional centre.”

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre

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Australia – Nuclear industry over-taken by renewable energy – WA Senator

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Nuclear industry over-taken by renewable energy – WA Senator

Media release Wednesday April 27th, 2011

Nuclear power has been out-performed and over-taken by the renewable energy sector and Australian governments must embrace the rise of clean power, say the Australian Greens.

Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the report published this week by major think-tank Worldwatch found that in 2010 world-wide cumulative installed capacity from wind turbines, biomass, waste-to-energy and solar power surpassed installed nuclear capacity for the first time in history.

“The Rubicon has been crossed for nuclear power – it is a dying industry and there is no turning back,” said Senator Ludlam. “Renewable capacity additions per annum have been outpacing nuclear start-ups for 15 years. In the United States of America – the world’s largest economy – the share of renewables in new capacity additions boomed from two percent in 2004 to 55 percent in 2009, with no new nuclear capacity added in that time.”

“With nuclear power in decline, ambitious projections about the future of uranium mining are either delusional or disingenuous. Uranium mining makes no environmental sense and it has become clear that it makes no economic sense, given that it already contributes just 0.3 percent of Australia’s export revenue and just 0.03 percent of Australian jobs.”

Senator Ludlam said total investment in renewable energy technologies around the world in 2010 was estimated at $243 billion.

“While investment in renewable power flourishes, the nuclear industry is on life-support. Without massive government support, funded by tax-payers, it would not survive in an open energy market. Nuclear power plants can’t even get insurance,” he said. “Looking at the human, environmental and economic bottom lines – nuclear power is a dead end.”

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2010-2011: Nuclear Power in a Post-Fukushima World was published by Worldwatch this week. The Institute’s State of the World report is published annually in more than 20 languages. For more information, visit www.worldwatch.org. The report’s lead author Mycle Schneider is an independent international consultant on energy and nuclear policy based in Paris. He founded the Energy Information Agency WISE-Paris in 1983 and directed it until 2003. Since 1997 he has provided consulting services to the French and German Environment Ministries, USAID

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Australia – An incredible week for our mental health campaign

I hope this finds you enjoying a lovely Easter break. It has been an incredible few days for our mental health campaign, so I want to share a quick update.

It started on Wednesday. Our full page newspaper ad, featuring thousands of photos submitted by GetUp members, called on the Government to deliver more funding for mental health. The evening news ran images of our ad, and reporters directly asked Julia Gillard to respond.

Then on Thursday Professor Patrick McGorry and I met with Treasurer Wayne Swan and presented him with GetUp’s 100,000 strong petition. For the second day in a row, our campaign made national news. At the same time, Tony Abbott announced an increase in the Opposition’s commitments to mental health funding.

Now, it looks like our campaign is about to translate into real results. Channel 10 reported that mental health funding may be the centrepiece spending initiative in the upcoming Federal Budget. Click below to watch the story:

Click here to watch the video
www.getup.org.au/campaign/healthreform&id=1671

The catalyst for this campaign was an email from a GetUp member about year ago, pointing out that in an hour-long leaders debate about healthcare, neither Kevin Rudd nor Tony Abbott mentioned mental health once. At that time, none of the major parties had a serious mental health policy. Now we’re on the verge of a tri-partisan approach to this issue. That’s a testament to mental health advocates from around the country, and to every single person who has taken action over the last year.

Before the meeting with Wayne Swan, Pat McGorry and I went to pick up the GetUp mental health petition from the printers in Cairns. Printed out on A4, it was four feet tall. The petition we were struggling to carry represented 104,064 people: more than could fit in the MCG!

Together, we have called, faxed, email and visited politicians; we’ve run a people-powered TV and newspaper campaign; held candlelight vigils across the country; and created the biggest petition the Treasurer has ever received. That makes me so proud to be involved in GetUp. I hope you are too.

With thanks,
Simon, for the GetUp team.

PS – If your friends and family haven’t joined this campaign yet, it’s not too late to make an impact. There are still three weeks until the Federal Budget: still time to grow our petition and keep the pressure up.
Invite friends and family to join the campaign at: www.getup.org.au/health_reform.

Australia – Greens media release – Light rail: The Opposition agree, but will the Government see the light?

The Opposition agree, but will the Government see the light?

Media Release – Tuesday April 19th, 2011

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam has called on the Barnett Government to release its long over-due public transport plan, while welcoming the State Opposition’s support for light rail in Perth.

“Light rail should be a component of the State Government’s 20-year public transport plan – but where is it?” said Senator Ludlam. “The 20-year plan is six months overdue, and apparently went to State Cabinet over a month ago.”

The Opposition has suggested a light rail line between West and East Perth, with six kilometres of light rail from the Causeway to Thomas Street. The Greens have produced a detailed whole-city plan including services across the metro area. Senator Ludlam spoke at a national conference on light rail in Sydney last week.

“Light rail will ease congestion, transform our city and cut carbon emissions.”

“It is time for the Western Australian Government to catch up to the rest of the country and make a substantial investment in public transport.”

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre