W #Australia environment and #Indigenous heritage at risk -> Obligation now lies with Burke to protect James Price Point – Greens

30 October 2012

Obligation now lies with Burke to protect James Price Point – Greens

The Australian Greens say the obligation to protect James Price Point now lies with Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke, after the WA Government accepted the findings of the Appeals Committee’s report which found in favour of the original, tainted EPA assessment of the proposed LNG Hub and industrial gateway.

“It is incredibly disappointing that the WA Government has backed the findings of the flawed EPA assessment despite the astounding number of appeals lodged against their decision,” Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The WA Government, led by Colin Barnett’s narrow vision, are now taking the next step towards industrialising the entire Kimberley region.

“The community has raised valid points, and it is disappointing that the appeals against the EPA Recommendations have been dismissed in this way.

“The EPA and WA Government have failed to adequately assess or address the significant number of issues surrounding this project, including the marine and terrestrial impacts, greenhouse gases and heritage concerns.

“The Federal Minister now needs to step in and act where the WA Government has failed. Yet again, a state Liberal Government is strongly prioritising the interests of the resource sector over the interests of local communities and the environment.

“The Kimberley region is too precious to be handed over to a future of industrialisation and exploitation,” Senator Siewert concluded.

Media Enquiries – Chris Redman on 0418 401 180

Political influence should not be for sale: WA Greens move on ministerial access #wapol #auspol

Political influence should not be for sale: WA Greens introduce Private Members Bill on Ministerial access

18 October 2012

Access to Government Ministers should not be a fundraising source for political parties, and legislation is required to stop this concerning practice, says WA Greens Spokesperson for Electoral Affairs Alison Xamon.

Today Ms Xamon introduced a Private Members Bill , designed to prevent a political party from selling access to Ministers to raise political funds.

“It should go without saying, that selling access to Ministers for the purpose of party-political fundraising is a fundamental breach of democratic principles,” Ms Xamon said.

“Ministers should make decisions according to law and act fairly and in the best interests of the entire community and they are responsible for a wide range of powers at their discretion.

“It is in the interest of every West Australian that we protect the ability of Ministers to do act in the interests of everyone, not just those who can afford special access.

“The Bill I have now introduced to Parliament will enhance public confidence in the integrity and transparency of the Executive and the process of government decision-making.

“The Electoral Amendment (Access to Ministers) Bill 2012 (WA) is short and straightforward. It makes it an offence to promote or hold such an event, subject to a fine of up to $10.000.

“This Bill provides a simple and effective means to safeguard one fundamental component of our democratic system.

“It will go some way to improve public confidence in government decision-making and I urge the Liberals, Nationals and the ALP to demonstrate their commitment to maintaining the integrity of the Executive and to support this Bill.”

Note from Alison Xamon: The Bill has some important limits.

  • In addition to their Ministerial role, Ministers are also MPs elected by and accountable to their electorate. MPs must be able to consult with their constituents. Therefore, the Bill will not prohibit political party fundraisers that provide access to MPs in their role as electoral representatives.
  • The Bill will not prohibit promoting access to Ministers events that raise money for charity.

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

#australia Govt shames us all #Gitmo #Torture, Medical Experimentation and Secrecy #DavidHicks

"Until late 2003, when Mr Hicks was assigned counsel, he had been subjected to injections of unidentified medication prior to interrogation" Joshua Dratel

The Australian Government’s knowledge of David Hicks’ torture and unfair trial is all beginning to unravel.

It has been sometime since our last newsletter, so we want to give you an update in recent events.

On July 23 the Australian Government announced that it was dropping the Proceeds of Crime Case against David. This, in many respects, can be viewed as a positive, in that David and his family were not subjected to a lengthy and public court process. However, it is also unfortunate considering that the trial would have uncovered, and put on the public record, the evidence surrounding his treatment whilst in US custody.

Throughout September, articles outlining the evidence of medical torture, including forced drugging and injections were published by Truthout and Sydney Morning Herald. More people continue to come forward, including medics and former Guantanamo guards.

Also released, was Joshua Dratel’s affidavit, that revealed admissions made by the US military that David was drugged before he was read the charges- which is unlawful under international law. The affidavit also uncovered aspects of David’s treatment and the reasons why he had no other choice but to sign the plea deal to get out of Guantanamo Bay.

In a statement to the press, the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions acknowledged that they had to drop the case because there was insufficient evidence to prove that a crime had been committed. They also claimed that ‘new’ evidence was submitted to the court- including the circumstances around the Alford plea, and his treatment. However, this evidence has been publicly available for years now.

The fact that the case was dropped was a great victory for David, and a further step towards him clearing his name.

Charge Ruled Invalid

In a US Appeals Court ruling earlier this week, it was decided that “Material Support for Terrorism”, the charge that David Hicks was forced to plead guilty to, was not a recognised crime under international law, and it was applied retrospectively.

Stephen Kenny, who is the spokesperson for The Justice Campaign, stated that in light of the new ruling, the Australian Government should recognise David’s conviction as invalid, null and void, due to the retrospective application of the law and the unfairness of the process.

This law was created in the Military Commissions Act of 2006, five years after David was sold to the US Military and sent to Guantanamo Bay. The judgment reinforces what we and many others, including Attorney-General Nicola Roxon, have said – that the system was unfair.

Now is the time to hold an independent and open inquiry into David’s case. The Australian public have a right to know the extent of the political involvement in David’s case, and exactly what was known of David’s treatment in Guantanamo.

We need to ensure this ugly chapter of Australian history is never repeated again. Please take the time to write to your federal MP, or even better, go and see them in person. If you are short of time, you can sign the petition here.

As always, thank you for your support.

With hope for justice,

The Justice Campaign Team

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#Environment under threat W #Australia Stand up for the Burrup & James Price Pt – too precious to lose #JPP

Burrup Peninsula and James Price Point are too precious to lose – Greens launch campaign

Australian Greens Senators for Western Australia Scott Ludlam and Rachel Siewert. 18 October 2012.

The Australian Greens today launched a nation-wide campaign to protect the country’s most precious ecological sites.

The ‘Too Precious To Lose’ campaign will defend sites and species under threat: www.tooprecioustolose.org.au/#

Senators for Western Australia Scott Ludlam and Rachel Siewert will lead the campaigns to protect the Burrup Peninsula and James Price Point.

“There is nowhere like Murujuga – or the Burrup Peninsula – anywhere else in the world,” said Senator Ludlam. “World-renowned for its rock art, the Burrup is also home to three endangered animal species, 39 endangered or endemic plant species, and a range of marine life including dugongs, turtles, and a whale nursery. There are also waterholes and stunning areas where the red hills of the Pilbara meet the Indian Ocean.”

“Despite the unmatched artistic, ecological, cultural, and historical significance of the Burrup Peninsula, the Western Australian government continues to encourage and approve industrial development there. By the Premier’s own admission, around 25 per cent of the ancient rock art has already been destroyed. It is under further threat from a new ammonium nitrate plant that was recently approved.

“We need to halt the destruction of rock art on the Dampier Archipelago and the industrialisation of the Burrup Peninsula,” said Senator Ludlam.

Senator Siewert said James Price Point was “home to a large number of threatened and endangered species, a whale nursery, and the world’s largest dinosaur footprints, and is the only place in the world where Aboriginal culture incorporates remnants of dinosaurs”.

“The cultural and heritage value of James Price Point for Aboriginal people is unique and significant, yet it is under threat because it has been chosen as the proposed location for an LNG processing hub.

“This massive gas hub would permanently change the Kimberley and open the door to widespread industrialisation across the whole region. The WA Government is pushing ferociously to develop James Price Point despite the fact that alternative locations exist for processing Browse LNG.

“The State Government has failed to properly assess the impact of the project. It is up to the Federal Government, through Environment Minister Tony Burke, to step in and save the Kimberley – it is far too precious to lose.”

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

#australia ‘s #Uranium is a blight, not a blessing, for #India

Uranium is a blight, not a blessing, for India

Australian Greens spokesperson for nuclear policy Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam. 15 October 2012.

“The Prime Minister should put human rights and safety before uranium profits during her current visit to India,” said Australian Greens spokesperson on nuclear issues, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, today.

“This visit will no doubt be spun as a triumph for the uranium industry, a deal is a long way from reality. Australia and India are months away from a formal agreement, and the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties should be expected to conduct an exhaustive inquiry into any agreement that emerges.

“Recently at the site of a nuclear reactor in Koodankulam, police have used brutal tactics against tens of thousands of peaceful protestors. Two people have been shot dead by police, most recently Mr Anthony Samy in September. There have been at least five deaths in the struggles against Koodankulam (Tamil Nadu), Jaitapur (Maharashtra) and Gorakhpur (Haryana) nuclear power plants since 2010.

“There were more arrests in September and as recently as three days ago – 12 October – an ‘All India Fact Finding’ team of about 12 people was intercepted at Nanguneri on route to Idinthakarai, interrogated and remanded in Tirunelveli Jail. This is part of a pattern of intimidation to silence dissent.

“The September 2012 Comptroller and Auditor General’s report on India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and on nuclear safety regulation in India highlighted a series of grave organisational and operational flaws, and raised serious concerns about the lack of independence of the Board. The Indian Government has legislation before parliament to replace the board with a new Regulatory Authority which will have even less independence than the current board.

“Earlier this year India was ranked 28th out of 32 countries in terms of the security of their nuclear stockpiles, and in 2011 one of India’s pioneer nuclear scientists and formerly a member of India’s Atomic Energy Commission – Dr MP Parameswaran – said India should suspend its entire nuclear program because of safety risks and the unresolved problem of nuclear waste.

“Pushing uranium onto India’s market temporarily benefits a dying industry in Australia at the expense of Indians who deserve energy that is clean, safe, and affordable. Nuclear is none of those things.”

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

Interviews, audio: #Egypt w @AustinGMackell & #Palestine #Nabi Saleh w @MaathMusleh Oct13 & Jenna Tamimi

It was my pleasure to interview colleagues Austin Mackell & Maath Musleh on Perth Radio 6PR (Australia ) Saturday October 13 2012

 

 

 

Austin Mackell-  click to play (October 13 2012)

 

Austin Mackell

 

 

Before you listen to Maath’s interview below, please click on the pic to watch this short video of the

amazing young Palestinian girl Jenna Tamimi facing down and shaming Israeli troops at the edge of her village of Nabi Saleh

Maath Musleh audio – click to play 

Maath Musleh

 

My last interview with @MalcolmFraser12 on old politics, new media, shock-jocks, sovereignty

I first interviewed Malcolm Fraser more than 30 years ago when I was a full time mainstream media journalist & broadcaster – this interview is not very MSM and not meant to be an objective analysis. It was a delight.

The former PM and member of the World Eminent Persons’ Group remains active as the Founding Chairman of CARE Australia.

English: Malcolm Fraser in 1956. Image no. : A...
English: Malcolm Fraser in 1956.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He’s graciously agreed to talk again before the end of the year. meanwhile please follow him on twitter @MalcolmFraser12 ( and if you can handle a massive stream of alt news – use lists to manage high volume accts – follow me @perthtones )

The 20 minute audio is unedited to preserve it’s integrity, sections will be replayed  on Perth radio 6PR Oct 13,14.

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Malcolm Fraser on 2012-10-11 at 13.05.output