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#ows message to Mainstream #Media #MSM – #wikileaks #assange

First they came for Wikileaks

and I didn’t speak out because I trust my Govt

Then they came for the Egyptians,

and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t Egyptian.

Then they came for the Syrians,

and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Syrian.

Then they came for the Occupiers,

and I didn’t speak out because I thought they were hippies.

Then they came for mainstream journalists

and there was no one left to speak out for me.

 

…no-one except the rapidly growing number of citizen journalists & activists online

expect us…

 

 Wikileaks

 

 

 

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Australia – Mining battle has just begun in South-West: Greens

March 22, 2011

Mining battle has just begun in South-West: Greens

The WA Greens have welcomed the EPA’s decision to reject the Vasse Coal project, but warn that continued exploration for coal seam gas in the South-West poses an ongoing threat to the region.

Coal seam gas is just one of the ‘unconventional gas’ resources in WA being spruiked by the WA Government in its Strategic Energy Initiative: Energy 2031 document,” WA Greens Water Spokesperson, Alison Xamon MLC said.

“Exploration for coal seam gas, as well as shale gas, often involving hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking,’ is already occurring in the South-West and Mid-West regions, according to company sources.

“As yet, there is no clarity from the WA Government about what, if any, chemicals are being used in these processes and what the implications may be for local water tables.

But given the extensive problems we have already seen in the eastern states from fracking, including falling water tables, groundwater contamination and uncontrolled methane leaks, we have every reason to keep an eye on this emerging industry in WA.

“In the South-West, test drilling is underway near the Kaloorup Road near Busselton and possibly other areas.

So Mr Barnett’s claims that he supports the EPA’s decision and cares about the environmental risks don’t seem consistent.

“Sooner or later, we may see proposals to mine coal seam gas or other forms of unconventional gas and the same fight to protect our water sources and private property will start all over again.

“If the media doesn’t report as widely on the next mining proposal, I wonder if Mr Barnett will be so quick to speak up about his environmental concerns,” added Ms Xamon.

For media enquiries, please contact Alison Xamon

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Mental Health isn’t a prority for Kevin Rudd…is he nuts! Mendoza resignation disappointing but not surprising: Greens

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Mendoza resignation disappointing but not surprising: Greens

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The Australian Greens say John Mendoza’s resignation as the Prime Minister’s main mental health advisor is disappointing but not surprising given the Government’s ongoing failure to adequately invest in mental health services.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for Mental Health understands John Mendoza’s frustration with the Government.

“It is an indictment on the Federal Government that John Mendoza’s expertise has been lost. I share his deep concern about the Government’s continued lack of investment in the area of mental health,” Senator Siewert said today.

“Experts say that $5 billion of new funding is needed to bring our mental health services up to scratch and yet the Government has fallen short of this investment,” said Senator Siewert.

“The Australian Greens have been consistently calling on the Government increase it’s investment in mental health and we’ve put forward a number of key initiatives which would see this occur.

“The Government missed an opportunity in its health reform package by failing to adequate address mental health. They need to go back and fix this as a matter of urgency.

“The Government can no longer ignore the growing mental health crisis in Australian,” Senator Siewert concluded.

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Chris Redman

Media Officer
Senator Rachel Siewert – Australian Greens Senator for WA

P: (08) 9228 3277 | www.greensmps.org.au

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Important news for activists, advocates and old hippie geeks :) “Camp Obama” coming to Perth via getup.org.au

Via the team at GetUp

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The Obama campaign was one of the most successful on-the-ground campaigns in history. Millions of volunteers took the campaign to their neighbours and friends. Their secret? ‘Camp Obama’.

At ‘Camp Obama’ volunteers around the United States learnt how to integrate powerful stories with strategy and skills. Meeting each other at a million points of hope and energy, these stories transformed a political campaign into a popular movement. Now we’re bringing this powerful training to Perth.

We’ve already seen in the lead-up to the federal election that we’re back to politics as usual: sound bites, spin doctors and media pundits ignoring real people and their stories. This is the opportunity to learn the secret weapon of the Obama campaign so we can work together to make a massive impact this election.

Yes, I’m interested in attending the Community Organising Workshop.

Where: Venue TBA – somewhere in Central Perth
When: 15th and 16th of May
Registration cut off: 10th of May
Cost: $20 (this is to cover costs and includes lunch)
Spaces are limited — don’t miss out!

Click here to read the draft agenda and apply for the Community Organising Workshop

When you arrive on Saturday morning you’ll be greeted by an enthusiastic group of highly caffeinated facilitators. You’ll mingle with members of various organisations, like the Conservation Council of WA and the Union Climate Connectors. You might even be surprised to find one of your neighbours there.

And there will be a moment that day–when the room falls silent and your breath catches in your throat, as a story captures you completely. Often it’s the quiet person in the room that manages to blow everyone away. Last year, in Adelaide it was a story about the struggle to speak out against homophobia from within the church. In Sydney, an engineer who gained the courage, and learnt the skills, to talk with his coal-mining company colleagues about new directions.

With the looming federal election just months away, the skills, strategies and stories you’ll learn to tell will give you a powerful voice on issues from climate change to refugees. Click here if you’re interested in coming along, and we’ll give you a call to talk about the workshop:

Click here to find out more and apply for the Community Organising Workshop

The spin doctors, attack ads and focus group tested sound bites are waiting in the wings. Media pundits have their eyes on the political horse race, ignoring the people affected by the policies they squabble over. In this campaign, we will tell the stories of these people. Together we will provide the passion, humanity and energy so absent in the practiced smiles and hollow lines of our politicians.

Hope to see you,

Sara, for the GetUp team

PS – Can’t make the workshop but still want to be involved in the election campaign? Click here.

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NAMI Raises Voice For Mental Health – let’s talk lobbying and effective campaigning

Well done @NAMI for your work ( see story below )

A Healthy Blog » NAMI Raises Voice For Mental Health.

Tuesday night (USA) Wednesday morning (W. Australia) we plan to talk lobbying and effective campaigning – share success stories, and adopt the Greens strategy of thinking globally and acting locally.

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MHSM is Mental Health Social Media and we are mostly people who’ve travelled the rocky road and hope to light the way for others.

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Please follow our #mhsm convenor Amy at @MHSMchat


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We are also planning to meet via Skype conference call in the near future and set up a global clearing house for resources on brain health, healing and recovery.

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Anyone who derives income from providing MH services is asked to declare that as they join, and any other potential conflicts of interest or bias need to be on the table too.

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Many #mhsm crew are doing amazing work already, the chat is about us sharing, not re-inventing the wheel and forging effective networks for effective change.

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There has never been a better time for those of us who’ve been or are ill to have our voices heard and to effect much needed change and public education.

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As a local colleague says ” nothing about us without us”

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Geeks, bloggers, journalists and sponsors are especially welcome, because right now a very few are doing a lot more than might be good for them, so please help lighten the load if you can.

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more tomorrow

cheers and thanks

tony ( @perthtones )

click here for more from this blog on mental health, including resources and audio

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Japanese Whaling Ships intercepted by Seashepherd vessel, Captain Paul Watson calls for action by Australia and New Zealand

The Steve Irwin and Bob Barker have succeeded again in stopping illegal Japanese whaling in Australian waters off Antarctica.

Seashepherd water cannon

Please click the pic to visit & support Sea Shepherd work to protect whales

Steve Irwin’s skipper Paul Watson spoke with Tony Serve at 2300 w.s.t Feb 8

2 More here on the shameful Japanese prosecution of activists who revealed a blackmarket in whale meat, showing flesh from the Nisshin Maru to media in Tokyo last yearthe United Nations  has now condemned the arrests

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3 Earlier audio from the Steve Irwin broadcast on 6PR and online here

4 Greens call for an end to Japanese spy planes flying out of Perth to help whalers


Australia’s water supply will not come from the north, no pipeline or canal for W.A.: Alison Xamon Greens (WA) – NALWT report forces attention onto sustainable water planning

New report forces attention back to sustainable

water planning for Western Australia.

Alison Xamon MLC for East Metropolitan ( Greens WA )

Visit Alison Xamon.org.au for contacts and more

The Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce report ‘Sustainable Development of Northern Australia’ has at long last buried the calls for water megaprojects in the north of Western Australia as the solution to Western Australia’s water woes, Greens MLC Alison Xamon and spokesperson for Water said today. The focus for the future of water in WA must now move back to economic and environmental sustainability.

The NALWT was established by the Federal Government to examine environmental, social and economic opportunities in Northern Australia. It establishes a far reaching sustainable vision for the future of these precious landscapes in line with the principles of sustainable water accounting as espoused by the National Water Initiative.

“Colin’s Canal and Ernie Bridge’s pipe are last century thinking that have been finally laid to rest,” Ms Xamon said.

“Water resources in the north of the State are not unlimited and neither are they wasted. Free-flowing rivers provide immense opportunities for indigenous management of landscapes, tourism and a careful consideration of pastoral expansion.”

“The myth about a potential South Asian food bowl in the north of the State has also been exposed.”

The report urges a complete re-examination of agricultural production practices to focus on landscape resilience and carbon sequestration in native intact woodlands. Close management of water availability, water use and a precautionary approach to development, with much more water resource investigation is needed to generate data.

“Water use efficiency must be the intense focus for Western Australia from this moment forth. There is no big bucket of water that we can just hope will appear. In the face of climate change and after the hottest summer on record WA must become much smarter in using the limited water we have and focus on real solutions to our water shortages instead of pipedreams.”

“The time has come for the government of Western Australia to stop miming words about how special the Kimberley is, to stop regarding the Kimberley as one immense quarry and start providing sustainable and respectful economic and environmental opportunities for all communities in the north of the State.”

Farmers, cattlemen, indigenous, and environment groups have all supported the recommendations of the taskforce.

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