Georgie’s view is very close to a growing number of us, connected globally, working for the short, medium and long term.

expect change…

Heather Marsh

Here are my wishes and predictions for 2013. Have a wonderful New Year’s and may we make great progress in 2013.

Dying

Centralized media: Not just corporate media but also celebrity livestreamers and bloggers, collectives, leak platforms, book publishers, etc. Media now belongs to everyone, news will come from those it is happening to, every person will be a news outlet.

NGO’s: After centralized media, the next institutions to go should be NGO’s. Society’s challenges are for society to deal with directly. If people are in need of assistance, they can ask the world directly.

UN: See above. We can speak to each other now. In the future, epistemic communities, farmgate importing and shunning can replace UN sanctions and resolutions.

Intellectual Property: Credit must be given and compensated, but intellectual property rights must die. The sooner copyrights and patents are gone forever, the sooner we can get on with creation…

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W #Australia – #MentalHealth Greens call for Government to come clean over Graylands future

Greens call for Government to come clean over Graylands future

30 December 2012

The Greens have today called for the Barnett/Grylls Government to come clean over what is planned for the future of Graylands Hospital and the site on which it sits.

The call comes after a week of damaging revelations surrounding the Hospital after a man was incorrectly detained and given psychotropic drugs at the Hospital.

“For the last couple of years I have been calling on the Minister for Mental Health, Helen Morton, to be clear about the Government’s future plans for Graylands Hospital to no avail, said Greens spokesperson for Mental Health Alison Xamon.

“There has been much speculation within the mental health sector that the reason that long overdue investment in Graylands Hospital has not been forthcoming is because there are plans to ultimately close down or scale down the site and sell off much of the land.

“If this is not the case then the Minister should put to rest this speculation as soon as possible. What is certainly known is that the land that Graylands is currently sitting on is valuable land and that any retention of the Graylands Hospital will necessitate a large scale financial investment to bring it up to scratch as a therapeutic environment.

“Some of the buildings are extremely old and come from a time when people with mental illness were locked away rather than given help and treatment. We also know that the number of beds available has neither kept up with population growth nor the severity of many of the cases we are now seeing, particularly as a result of increased amphetamine use. Subsequently Graylands Hospital has struggled to offer world class care with an increasingly demoralised and understaffed workforce.

“This is not to say that there aren’t committed and professional staff, but that they are being expected to operate in sub-standard conditions.

“On the other hand, if it is indeed the intention of this Government to close down Graylands then they need to come clean on that. They then need to be up-front about where they expect any new sites to be located, and importantly where any new forensic mental health facilities will be placed.

“What we know is that forensic mental health facilities are needed, but as we saw with the proposed Disability Justice Centres there can often be significant difficulties in convincing local residents that such facilities are safe to be located near homes. At least with Graylands as a long standing facility no local residents can object to its presence, having bought into the area with the knowledge of its existence.

“I appreciate that the Government has started work to increase the number of step up/step down facilities around the metropolitan area, but these are no substitute for a large scale Hospital such as Graylands.

“In the meantime what we know is that if Graylands is to continue as a Hospital then an urgent and significant increase in capital funds is desperately needed. I once again call on the Minister for Mental Health to let the community what the plans for the future of Graylands Hospital are,” Ms Xamon concluded.

For further comment please contact Alison

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

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#Uranium #mining – Greens welcome Toro delay – #leaveitintheground

18 December 2012

Senator Scott Ludlam
Robin Chapple MLC

Greens welcome Toro delay

The Australian Greens have welcomed Environment Minister Tony Burke’s decision to delay assessment of Toro’s Wiluna uranium project in Western Australia.

“Toro have been telling nervous investors that Commonwealth approvals were a done deal in 2012,” Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

“Minister Burke has done the right thing in calling the company out on its deficient proposal.

“If the company continues to obfuscate its waste and water management plans, the decision next year should be a resounding ‘no’.

“In the wake of Toro’s decision to delay capital raising in the face of low uranium prices and the slow collapse of the global nuclear industry, it has been a bad few weeks for the company,” said Senator Ludlam.

WA Greens Mining and Pastoral MLC, Robin Chapple says Minister Burke has made the right call on the flawed proposal.

“I am pleased that Minister Burke has delayed this decision,” Mr Chapple said.

“The proposal is not well conceived or designed. Together with other members of the Greens I have made a submission outlining our serious concerns about this proposal and our reasons for opposing it,” he said.

For Senator Ludlam:

Electorate Office: 08 93357477

Chris Redman: 0418 401 180

For Robin Chapple:

08 9486 8255

0409 379 263

Links, info for Friday December 14 on #Assange #Psychiatry #BigPharma #Disability #NDIS #Australia #Auspol

Disclosure: I am a long time supporter of Wikileaks and the work of Julian Assange and all the others who risk everything to shed light on the ugly truth.

I was a mainstream journalist/radio host for 30 years, but no longer work in a newsroom ( apart from the odd fill-in to help out at 6PR & 96fm ) My work now is not objective, but I do strive for balance and welcome polite opposition.

Audio of Interview with Christine Assange as Mainstream Media focusses again on Julian Assange’s bid for the Senate.

 click here for audio of Christine Assange with Tony Serve Perth’s 6PR Dec. 14 2012 

***Edited audio segments here, grabs of 1-3 minutes on everything from Govt lies to Mainstream Media #FAIL – more to follow

CA on our tweets making us terrorists, and liable to arrest

CA ON Gillard Roxon lies over draconian new laws

CA on MSM not pursuing Govt lies

CA on MSM & citizen journalism

Wikileaks site is here http://wikileaks.org ( including the store  ) and needs/deserves your support , see also http://justice4assange.com

Follow @wikileaks for news, infoz from WL and occasional tweets from JA.

Follow & support Christine Assange on twitter @AssangeC  – cowards and trolls often hassle her so don’t be shy with support

(1) Legal brief to parl-#Assange Extradition by Jen Robinson: http://wlcentral.org/node/1418

Justice4Assange website: http://justice4assange.com

Campaign Site for #Wikileaks &#Assange supporters.. http://bit.ly/UroYTG

Poll suggesting at least 7 in 10 Aussies would vote for Julian. http://www.theage.com.au/polls/assange-for-senate-20121212-2b9rp.html

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English: Demonstration in front of Sydney Town Hall in support of Julian Assange, 2010, December 10 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What the Australian Govt can do to end the “Assange stalemate” by Professor Donald Rothwell ANU College Law  http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4408852.html#

Pollbludger’s William Bowe on Assange for the Senate http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/12/14/poll-bludger-win-or-lose-assanges-senate-tilt-will-cause-a-stir/

and his article from March 19 2012 http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/03/19/poll-bludger-assange-for-canberra-a-new-can-of-worms/?wpmp_tp=1

abc election maestro Antony Green doesn’t rate Julian a chance http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-13/green-what-chance-does-assange-have-for-senate-seat/4425990

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long standing Mental Health advocate & former MP Martin Whitely is running for Senate pre-selection in the Australian 2013 Federal Election. See more at MartinWhitely.com

Article on disastrous new diagnosis “guidelines” that will be gospel for Psychiatrists in most of the western world  http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dsm5-in-distress/201212/dsm-5-is-guide-not-bible-ignore-its-ten-worst-changes

Article on Martin Whitely’s highly recommended site. http://speedupsitstill.com/american-psychiatric-association-approval-dsm-5-sad-day-psychiatry

Click here for audio of Martin Whitely A 2012-12-14 at 16.04

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Friend and colleague Zel Iscel from EDAC.org.au joined me to chat about the effect of the much vaunted NDIS plans for people with #Disability

click here to hear Zel on the actual impact of the NDIS 

Zel on the right on air for Ethnic Ability Mondays 7.30pm
Zel on the right on air for Ethnic Ability Mondays 7.30pm

link for Zel’s radio show -> http://www.mrtawa.org.au/1/ethnicability.php

click here for the Govt NDIS website 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recommend you follow my colleague  Maath Musleh (MaathMusleh) on Twitter @MaathMusleh. Lecturer at Al-Quds-Bard College. Journalist. MA in Political Journalism from City University in LondonJerusalem, Palestine

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W #Australia Premier alienates everyone on his dodgy plans for James Price Point

12 December 2012

Premier’s approach ostracising all in the push to develop James Price Point

The Australian Greens say the blinkered vision of the WA Government in seeking to develop James Price Point is undermining the project by ostracising Aboriginal people, community members and Joint Venture partners alike.

“BHP’s sale of its Browse stake is another sign of the toll this flawed project is taking on all those involved,” Senator Siewert said today.

“We know that there are other, viable options for processing Browse LNG that don’t bring with them the environmental impact and damage to communities, culture and heritage.

“Despite better options existing, the WA Government is still more intent on compulsorily acquiring land at James Price Point than they are on seeing an agreement which allows processing to occur elsewhere while still ensuring benefits from the project to flow to the area’s communities and Traditional Owners.

“Premier Barnett is not acting in the best interests of Western Australia or the Kimberley.

“The Kimberley is being offered up by the WA Government for future industrialisation but the Joint Venture partners are realising the flaws in this approach and are reacting accordingly,” Senator Siewert concluded.


Media Enquiries – Chris Redman on 0418 401 180

W #Australia government bungles Browse land seizure again: Grylls’ incompetence reaches new heights

Robin Chapple MLC

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region

MEDIA RELEASE

WA government bungles Browse land seizure again: Grylls’ incompetence reaches new heights

Monday, 10th December 2012

Greens WA Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Chapple MLC has called for the Minister for Lands Brendon Grylls to resign after revelations that the Government has once again mishandled the compulsory acquisition of land at James Price Point.

“This is the second time the Government has botched the acquisition of land for the Browse LNG hub by failing to carry out what should be a procedural matter,” Mr Chapple said.

“Just a couple of weeks ago, on 19 November, the Premier Colin Barnett issued a statement saying the agreement reached with Traditional Owners had been in accordance with the Commonwealth Native Title process under the supervision of the Federal Court.

“Now we find this is not the case. This tops anything we have previously seen from this government and I don’t think it can be put down to incompetence alone.

“I can’t imagine Mr Grylls simply forgetting to notify Woodside or its Joint Venture Partners of key points in the process.

“This smacks of a government that has a complete disregard for the Native Title process and disrespect for the Native Title claimants.

“It demonstrates a government that is greedy and that will stop at nothing to push ahead with its own agenda, disregarding anything or anyone that gets in its way.

“Mr Grylls claims that no serious activity has taken place but this is a somewhat misleading statement when there has already been a good deal of land clearing, track building, the formation of a Turkey Nest dam and extensive drilling for water.

“Mr Grylls should resign from his ministerial role, or the Premier should sack him, and the Government should abandon its foolish insistence on building a gas processing plant at James Price point against the wishes and the advice of almost every other stakeholder.”

For more information please contact Robin Chapple on 9486 8255

Maria Mann

Electorate Officer

Office of Robin Chapple MLC

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region

PO Box 94, West Perth WA 6872

Phone: maria.mann | Web www.mp.wa.gov.au/rchapple