Greens & the Billionaire #Perth event – Adam Bandt joins Clive Palmer

Adam Bandt joins Clive Palmer – in Perth

MEDIA ALERT: Adam Bandt MP. Deputy Leader, Australian Greens. May 24th, 2012.

What: Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP joins Clive Palmer and other participants on a QandA style panel, hosted by Tony Jones, at mining employers’ conference.

Who: Tony Jones (Moderator), Adam Bandt MP, Clive Palmer, Marita Chang (2012 Young Australian of the Year), Senator Eric Abetz, Gary Gray MP, Professor Paul Gollan

Where: AMMA Conference, Astral Grand Ballroom, Burswood Convention and Entertainment Complex, Perth

When: 1-3 PM (Perth Time), Friday, 25 May 2012

Media contacts:

Damien Lawson – 0487 900 005

Giovanni Torre (Perth) – 0417 174 302

THIS! 💰Business leaders pay for access to WA Premier

Remember at election time that your vote is meaningless unless you pay $30,000. The Barnett Government is already owned.

Business leaders pay for access to WA Premier
Around 30 of Western Australia’s leading business figures have been paying $25,000 per year for access to Premier Colin Barnett and his ministers.

Proceeds from the group, dubbed the Leaders’ Forum, go into state Liberal Party coffers.Perth construction boss Gerry Hanssen says the idea surfaced si…

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#australia #Greens – Move to allow #refugees to appeal #ASIO findings

Move to allow refugees to appeal ASIO findings

The Greens will move a bill in Parliament today to challenge the way ASIO conducts security assessments which often see refugees stuck detention with no hope of release.

A growing number of refugees have found themselves stuck in legal limbo, granted protection in Australia only to be banned by A…

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#Australia radio 7.30 Perth time #Ethnic Ability on #disability

Friend & colleague Zel Iscel on air about new plans to support Aussies who’ve been left to their own devices for way too long.

From Zel:

NDIS with Sen Jan McLucas, parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers on ‘EthnicAbility’ tonight.

What can people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with disability expect from a National Disability Insurance Scheme?

How can you have your say in the design of this scheme?

Get it from the Senator’s mouth … Tonight on ‘EthnicAbility’. 7:30 pm (WA time) on World Radio 6EBA fm 95.3 Mhz or listen live on the web at .

#australia #uranium -> EPA recommendation on Wiluna uranium mine sets a dangerous new low – Greens

Robin Chapple MLC

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region


EPA recommendation on Wiluna uranium mine sets a dangerous new low – Greens

May 21st, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency should change its name after today’s appalling recommendation to approve Western Australia’s first uranium mine at Wiluna, WA Greens said today.

Greens spokesperson on nuclear policy Senator Scott Ludlam said “The proposal by Toro Energy is full of gaping holes. If the EPA is prepared to back this half-baked, messy scheme – it sets a dangerous low standard for uranium mining in Western Australia”.

“The EPA recommends that the Minister ‘notes the EPA has concluded that it is likely that the EPA’s objectives would be achieved’. Well if this shoddy plan is all it takes to achieve the EPA’s objectives, then its objectives need to be reformed urgently in the interest of public health and safety.”

In his submission to the EPA, Senator Ludlam had identified a several alarming flaws in company’s impact assessment of the proposed mine.

“Toro has not revealed estimates of future mine closure liability and has not submitted a final rehabilitation plan. This is remarkable given the company intends for post-closure liability to pass to Australian taxpayers only 10 years after mining ceases, though the consequences of the mine will endure for many centuries. This project should not proceed until there is a full public inquiry as provided for under the Act into the wider environmental and public health consequences of uranium mining in WA.”

Greens WA Member for Mining and Pastoral, Robin Chapple, said “The original Environmental Impact Statement in March 1981 of the failed Lake Way project identified the need to build a new bore field for the Town of Wiluna as the water draw done would have posed a risk to the community. There is no such commitment or acknowledgment in the current referral relating to water drawdown or contamination”.

Senator Ludlam said he was disturbed by Toro’s plan to transport radioactive material by truck over vast distances.

“Transporting radioactive materials is never completely safe, but transporting by road rather than rail is particularly foolhardy.”

The Medical Association for Prevention of War recently called on Toro Energy to stop promoting the view that low-level radiation is beneficial to human health.

“Toro has sponsored a number of speaking tours by Dr Doug Boreham, who promoted radiation as ‘anti-carcinogenic’ at the Paydirt uranium conference in Adelaide. It is little wonder that 45 Australian medical doctors have written to Toro calling on them to stop promoting this character and his dubious views,” said Senator Ludlam.

Dr Peter Karamoskos, a nuclear radiologist and public representative on the radiation health committee of ARPANSA – the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency – said "to promote such marginal views without any counter-balance is self-serving and irresponsible… Recent research has heightened rather than reduced concern about the adverse health impacts of low-level radiation”.

Senator Ludlam said Toro’s promotion of Dr Boreham’s views added to the serious questions hanging over their ambitions.

“Toro has no proven experience and is sitting on a low grade uranium deposit encased in calcrete which is notoriously difficult to process. There are no calcrete uranium mines in Australia and Toro seems hell-bent on proving they are not fit to operate the first.”

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

The tragic state of #australia #politics & #media -> ABC News: Union official threatened to set me up: Thomson

This case & the Peter Slipper affair confirm public suspicion that our politicians and corporate media are well past their use by date.

Remember this crap when next you cast your vote, because the big party candidates will lie & buy your vote while corporate media will serve its own interests.

There’s plenty of real news via independent online media and more choices for candidates than those who line up for the Liberal Labor duopoly.

ABC story below

Union official threatened to set me up: Thomson
Suspended Labor MP Craig Thomson has named the Victorian union official he says set him up over allegations he used union money to pay for prostitutes during his time with the Health Services Union (HSU).

Speaking under parliamentary privilege in the House of Representatives, Mr Thomson said Victo…

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#australia #environment UPDATE: Catastrophe on Great Barrier Reef averted – but more risk ahead

Update: Broken-down ship narrowly misses Reef, just a taste of what’s to come if mining export projects currently planned along the Reef get the green light. Watch this video and share with all your friends to learn the scary truth about what’s planned for our Reef: —

Dear tony,

Yesterday we heard news of a cargo ship that had broken down off the Great Barrier Reef. Marine authorities were deeply concerned it was going to drift into the Reef and run aground or cause damage in the form of a fuel spill. Many of us were anxiously awaiting news last night, desperately hoping that the ship would miss the Reef. Luckily, it narrowly missed, averting a potentially catastrophic fuel spill.

That’s great news for now, but this is just the beginning of dangerous scenarios like this if new coal export facilities dotting the Reef are given the go-ahead, turning our World Heritage Listed natural wonder into a shipping superhighway. All we need is one Exxon Valdez-style fuel spill and this fragile environmental wonderland and international tourist attraction will be lost.

On Friday we released this video which GetUp members are helping go viral online right now. The video, for the first time, connects the dots between the increasing number of threats to our Reef – including the massive increase in shipping traffic which increase the risk of a fuel spill.

We can help prevent this from happening. If enough of us share and expose the disturbing plan that people like Gina Reinhardt and Clive Palmer have to increase shipping, dredging, pollution and the risk of fuel spills and accidents on our precious Reef, we can make it toxic enough that no Government or investor will want to touch it.

Already, the Abbott point proposal for building the largest coal export facility in the entire world is in danger, with investors on the cusp of withdrawing.[1]

Let’s push them over the edge. First, we need to share the video that connects the dots of the threats to the Reef so we’re all on the same page. Then we will be in touch in the coming weeks with more ways in which together, we can save our Reef from these catastrophic threats.

We have a really simple decision to make. What do we value more? Our iconic natural treasure, or a little more cash from the mining boom – the majority of which will be sent overseas and most of us will never see anyway. Tell your friends why spending three minutes to watch and share this video could be the best three minutes they spend this year:

In hope,
the GetUp team.

[1] ‘Massive Abbot Point expansion plans on hold, labelled unrealistic and undeliverable’. Courier Mail, May 19th, 2012.