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Australian Government obstructs fight to save the whale

Captain Paul Watson describes apparent deliberate hampering by the Australian Government of the efforts of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to have its ship the Steve Irwin docked and overhauled in Australia. Last whaling season the Steve Irwin succeeded in preventing the Japanese whalers from achieving half of their intended quota whilst the diplomatic efforts of the Australian Government, which places its trading relations with Japan above the enforcement of international law against the killing of endangered whales, achieved nothing.

This editorial was originally published as "The Politics of Pretending to Save the Whales" on 19 Nov 08 on www.seashepherd.org. See also: "Captain Paul Watson Responds to Greenpeace Quotes in International Herald Tribune" of 21 Nov 08, "In Battle Against Whaling, Groups Split on Strategy" in NYT of 22 Nov 08, "Daryl Hannah Joins Sea Shepherd Crew To Fight Japanese Whaling Fleet" in ecorazzi of 22 Nov 08.

Community activist blasts reckless plan to fill flood mitigation dam to capacity

Merilyn Haines, spokesperson person for Queenslanders For Safe Water questioned Queensland Premier Anna Bligh's apparent stated intention to fill to capacity the Wivenhoe Dam, which was built, not as water storage dam, but as a flood minitagation dam following the catastrophic Brisbane floods of 1974.

Merilyn Haines will be standing as an independent candidate against Anna Bligh in her seat of South Brisbane at the next state elections.

Chilliwack's water supply threatened by overdevelopment

Norm Smith, who stood as an anti-growth grass-roots candidate for Mayor of Chilliwack, in elections held on 15 November, warns that Chilliwack faces a water crisis as growth and overdevelopment, encouraged by the City of Chilliwick, dangerously depletes the Sardis-Vedder Aquifer, one of the rare pristine water sources in Canada that requires no chlorination.

Federal Government threatens Internet censorship

Internet users are face with the technological equivalent of Australia Post being required to open every one of their letters if the Federal Government's proposed mandatory Internet Filtering legisltation becomes law. It will slow down internet access speeds and is opposed by the industry and internet users alike.

See also: "Filtering out the fury: how government tried to gag web censor critics" in the SMH of 24 Oct 08, "Filtering Pilot and ACMA Blacklist - Not just 'illegal' material" on Electronic Frontiers Australia on 15 Nov 08, "Net censorship plan backlash" in the Age of 11 Nov 08, YouTube broadcast of Senator Scott Ludlum questioning Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy about the planned censorship, "Winning the war against Internet censorship" by David Jackmanson on Online Opinion of 17 Nov 08, Online Opinion Forum "What's happening about the internet censor?" of 13 Nov 08, "Australia Joins China In Censoring The Internet" on TechCrunch of 30 Dec 07, www.scottludlam.org.au

Federation for American Immigration Reform : Illegal immigration costs Georgia US$1.6 billion annually

A new report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) demonstrates why Georgia has taken a lead in adopting state-based policies to control the costs of illegal immigration. - 24 Oct 08

See also: "Costs of Illegal Immigration to Georgians", full pdf report (460K).

Why U.S. immigration reformers can still remain hopeful

Whilst the accelerating influx of legal of legal and illegal immigrants in recent years has corrupted America's democratic institutions and has undermined its environmental movement, there are, nevertheless, reasons to be hopeful that the cause of population stability in the United States may prevail, writes Leon Kolankiewicz in response to Tim Murray's "Is it game over for immigration reformers in America?". Leon is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Chickens of economic collapse on course - CSIRO

Based on then ground-breaking modelling, the forecasts of global ecological and economic collapse by mid-century contained in the controversial 1972 book; The Limits to Growth, are still ‘on-track’."

Armistice Day, 90 years on our rights are in jeopardy.

It now seems these sacrifices were in vain, because in Queensland our present government is a dictatorship. One person, Anna Bligh, forcibly medicates us through our water supply with fluoride chemicals and we shall have water that has been sourced from sewerage whether we like it or not.

Queenslanders Against Water Fluoridation media release

What you can do: attend public meeting
Date: Saturday, 15th Nov, 2pm–5pm,at Ahimsa House, 26 Horan St, West End, Brisbane

Public Meeting: "The Dark Side of Water Treatments by Queensland Government"

As the truth about the hazards that recycled water, undemocratically imposed by the Beattie Government in 2007 on the Queensland public, poses to our health, emerge, the community group Queenslanders Against Water Fluoridation (www.qawf.org) plan to hold a public meeting in which experts and activists describe these hazards and discuss what to do stop them.

Date: Saturday, 15th November, Time: 2pm–5pm 
Venue: Ahimsa House26 HoranStreet, West End, Brisbane

Real change depends on stopping the Bailout profiteers

Naomi Klein, author of the monumental work "The Shock Doctrine" explains the significance of Barack Obama's historic election victory and how, in spite of many worrying signs that he may be largely a captive of corporate America, there is still hope for significant change for the better if grass-roots activists remain focused.

Also published in Common Dreams, the "Huffington Post", etc. on 6 Nov 08

South Australian tax payers set to bail-out Managed Investment Schemes

South Australia's emergency Critical Water Allocation scheme may end up subsidising, with taxpayers' funds, large environmentally destructive monocultural agribusinesses to the detriment of smaller, less 'profitable' farms, which would be more sustainable in the longer term.

See also: www.fairwateruse.com.au

How not to resolve the Murray-Darling crisis

As the nation struggles to find extra water to revive our dying Murray-Darling system, South Australian River Murray and Water Security Minister, Karlene Maywald approves a marina at Mannum requiring an allocation of 520 megalitres.

See also: www.fairwateruse.com.au, "Lakes may go dry but Adelaide's gardens still watered" in Farm Online on 31 Oct 08, "Win-win?" in the Murray Valley Standard of 31 Oct 08, "New marina approved on Adelaide's Murray river" in the West Australian of 30 Oct 08.

Farmers occupy Qld Premier's office to save Darling Downs from coal mining

Farmers from the Felton Valley in Queensland's Darling Downs occupied Queensland Premier Anna Bligh's Office in West End in order to prevent the destruction of irreplacable farmland from the ravages of an out-of-control boom in coal mining, coal seam gas extraction and coal liquefaction. The protest was typically ignored by Brisbane's Courier Mail newspaper which is far more interested in drumming up enthusiasm about the claimed prosperity that the coal industry will bring to the Darling Downs.

See also: www.friendsoffelton.blogspot.com, YouTube broadcast of (Oct 2008(?)) "Coal Mines To Replace Farms in Australia", "Darling Downs community fights farmland for mine move" in Sunday Mail of 1 Nov 08 (Friday's protest not reported), "Coal vs cropping fight widens" in Stock and Land of 15 Oct 08, "Lone stand as coalminers poised to bulldoze Acland" in the Courier Mail of 18 Oct 08, "Darling Downs farmers vow to resist coal miners" in the Courier Mail of 5 Oct 08.

National Water Commission holds out desalination to dodge responsibilities to fix Murray-Darling Basin

Instead of acting to end the endemic abuses by corporate water users now threatening to kill our fragile Murray-Darling Basin, Ken Matthews CEO of the National Water Commission, is diverting the attention of the Commission towards the expensive, technologically complex and fossil fuel dependent 'solution' of desalination.

See also: www.fairwateruse.com.au, "Groundwater use unacceptable, says report" in SMH of 23 Oct 08

Expert warns that recycled water poses unacceptable health risks

Australian National University Emeritus Professor, Patrick Troy, an authority on water infrastructure, on the 29th October was widely reported with advice that it was not possible to prevent potentially harmful organisms from entering southeast Queensland's water supply when recycled sewage is added to it in February.

See also: "Queensland Premier Anna Bligh tells water plan critics she will drink recycled sewage" in the Australian of 31 Oct 08 (including readers' comments), www.qawf.org, "Disease expert warns on recycled sewage" in the Australian of 30 Oct 08, "Bligh says academic ill-informed on water claims" in the ABC on 29 Oct 08, "WA slow to recycle sewage as drinking water" in Perth Now of 29 Oct 08, "Recycled sewage 'will have bugs', Queensland Government warned" in the Australian of 29 Oct 08, "Flush then drink in the Sunshine State" in the Australian of 30 Oct 08, "Water talkfest simply a farce" by Bill Hoffman in the Sunshine Coast Daily of 15 Oct 08

Victorian Government now logging last significant stands of old-growth forests

The Wilderness Society has reported that Brown Mountain (old growth forest in East Gippsland) is being logged right now for woodchips to be exported to Japan - the bulldozers moved in last week.

See also: NSW and Victorian Governments accused of having colluded to start controversial logging operations at exactly the same time in "Forest protests limited" in the Bega District News of 28 Oct 08.

Gillard threatens TAFE system privatisation

NSW Greens Legislative Councillor Dr John Kaye, who helped lead the successful campaign against the planned privatisation of that state's electricty assets earlier this year, calls upon NSW Premier Rees to resist the plans by Federal Education Minister Julia Gillard, recently endorsed by COAG, to privatise its TAFE colleges.

See also: "Govts planning TAFE privatisation: NSW Greens" on the ABC on 29 Oct 08, "TAFE Bulletin - Brumby's reforms will privatise our TAFEs" on Web site of Vic branch of Australian Education Union on 12 Aug 08, Australian Education Union Stop TAFE Privatisation Campaign.

Australian renters' hardship demonstrates need for European-style tenancy laws

A letter, which appeared in Brisbane's Courier Mail of Saturday 18 October, notes that European renters can enjoy long term leases which allows them to raise their children knowing that they will be able to go to the same school. This allows their children to grow up to become balanced successful adults and helps create stable communities.

Unanswered 9/11 questions

The collapse of New York's World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001 is arguably one of the most well documented events in human history. Less well documented is the controversy over why the buildings fell as they did.

Originally published on the ABC's Unleashed web site on 16 May 08 attracting 546 comments.
See also: www.911oz.com, 911research.wtc7.net, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, 911truth.org, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, 911blogger.com

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Melbourne communities maintain fight against Brumby's tunnel and freeway plans

Up to 1,000 houses are threatened with requisition and Melbourne's Royal Park is threated with destruction in order to build unsustainable road tunnels in inner Melbourne. On Sunday 26 October community groups will protest to prevent this reckless stupidity.

What you can do: attend the rally at 12 noon for a 12:15 pm start on Sunday 26 October 2008 at Flinders Street Railway Station under the Clocks. 
See also:
www.royalparkprotect.org.au, VCAT "Community Forum highlights problems fixes none" of 17 Oct 08.

Bring Back the Music - the demise of Oz bands

With urban densification new noise regulations have silenced music in pubs and replaced them with pokies. Tony Ryan thinks this was intended and calls on Oz youth to reclaim their territory and bring back the music!

See also: The truth about live export of 20 Jun 11 also by Tony Ryan

Unreliable ratings agencies hold Roozendaal hostage

Why is NSW Treasurer Eric Roozendaal threatening a slash-and-burn budget entailing the risk of a recession in order satisfy Credit Ratings agencies implicated in the subprime mortgage crisis in the US?

See also "Treasurer talks tax rises, job cuts" in SMH of 13 Oct 08, "Tax hike risk if NSW remains in the red" in the Australian of 12 Oct 08.

The Murray-Darling and the Wall Street syndrome

Just as US taxpayers were recently blackmailed into paying, with over US$700billion, for the recklessness of the Wall Street gamblers, Dr Ian Douglas of Fair Water Use (Australia) warns that Australian taxpayers can expect to be made to pay to save our fragile Murray Darling eco-system from the conseqences of the reckless and environmentally unsustainable extraction of its water by Australia's agricultural corporations.

See also: Parliamentary process fails the Murray-Darling of 13 Oct 08, The virtual urban-rural water divide of 16 Oct 08, Transcript of interview with Maude Barlow, Canadian water rights activist on Background Briefing of 12 Oct 08.

Analyzing the 2008 US Presidential election

The energy advisors for both Barack Obama and John McCain have displayed some rudimentary grasp of peak oil, however neither shows any understanding at all of the consequences of additional millions of people on resource depletion and already dangerous ecological degradation.

See also: An immigration policy bought and paid for? of 24 Feb 08 by Tim Murray, Obama's Chicago Boys of 12  Jun 08 by Naomi Klein.

The virtual urban-rural water divide

How rural communities and the environment will miss out in Victorian Premier Brumby's privatised water market.

Also published in Weekly Times Now. See also: Transcript of interview with Maude Barlow, Canadian water rights activist on Background Briefing of 12 Oct 08.

Parliamentary process fails the Murray-Darling

"If the federal Government fails to hold a full Royal Commission and to declare a State of Emergency to save Australia's dying Murray Darling system, the Federal Government will be remembered as the regime which oversaw the greatest preventable environmental catastrophe thus-far encountered by this country," warns Dr Ian Douglas of Fair Water Use (Australia).

A tale of two buildings ... Lucas fails Queenslanders

The Queensland Government has threatened to fine the owners of the heritage listed "Keating House" $75,000 for allowing it to fall into disrepair, yet when large parts of historic Yungaba House, the responsibility of the Queensland Government itself, have been condemned as unsafe due to its own negligience, the problem was 'solved' by selling it off to a Singapore-based developer to be turned into a gated community, against heated community objections.

What you can do: attend Virtual Inaugural meeting of Immigrants' Memorial Association to be held 19 Oct 08.
What has been done: Protest at Community Cabinet at 12:45PM on Sunday 14 Sep at Belmont State School, Old Cleveland Road, Carindale to protest Minister Paul Lucas's decision to disallow the appeal.

Canadian electors given Clayton's choice in regard to immigration

In Australia both major political parties support record high immigration. This ensures that it is rarely questioned in Parliament or in the news. In Canada, the situation is even worse1. Dan Murray reports that Canadians face a 'choice' at the Federal elections scheduled for 31 October of four out of five major parties which see nothing wrong with Canada's record high and growing immigration rate and none which are campaigning to reduce it.

Originally published on Immigration Watch Canada (www.immigrationwatchcanada.org) on 14 Sep 08.
See also: "Truth and immigration" by James Bissett former Head of Canadian Immigration Service in the Ottowa Citizen of 18 Sep 08.

Why 'market forces' cannot save Murray-Darling

Ian Douglas of Fair Water Use (www.fairwateruse.com.au) shows how the 'reform', commencing in 1994, which promised to rectify the Murray-Darling's chaotic piecemeal water management structure by making water allocations a marketable commodity separate from the land titles, has, instead, only help bring the Murray-Darling system to the brink of collapse . In accord with our national constitution's provisions for such national crises, he calls for the declaration of a state of emergency.

Originally published as Ending Australia's water torture on the ABC News web site on 16 Sep 08

See also: Environmental group calls for declaration of State of Emergency to save dying Murray-Darling system, Water stolen from dying Murray-Darling by technicality.

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