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20 July 10am Meeting to save Victoria Market from Council micro-management

Victoria Market, as we know it, is under threat. The City of Melbourne, along with the top end of town, has plans to reduce and gentrify our historic market, paying lip service only to its valued heritage and the important service it provides to the wider Melbourne community, in particular, its role in keeping food quality standards high, food prices down, while providing astounding diversity.

The Council’s intention is to:

sell off part of the market’s land for commercial development, road extension and other purposes
to build high-rise buildings at its immediate doorstep,creating tall walls and corridors around its perimeter
to shrink the market from 12 sheds to 5
to gentrify this historical market by cherry picking which traders will stay or go,
jeopardise &/or close small, family-run businesses by not renewing or extending leases beyond one year,
to create a gourmet food precinct and entertainment space.

In short the Council proposes to micro-manage a cultural change of the market, to change its size and shape and give itself free rein to make physical changes to its layout without further public consultation.

Secondary Boycotts could be illegal under Competition and Consumer Act, 2010


Conservation groups seeking boycotts of products linked to alleged poor environmental practices may soon be liable for prosecution under consumer law. The move, which could severely hamper market-based campaigns by groups such as Markets for Change and GetUp!, is to be pursued by the Abbott government.

Parliamentary secretary for agriculture Richard Colbeck told The Australian the move would prevent green groups from holding companies to “ransom” in their markets. In other words, they don't want non-monetary and intrinsic values to get in the way of business profits!

Why take action?

Environmental activism can be all consuming and exhausting. Is it worth making the effort?

Free and Open Software and Gnu/Linux users - late report on fascinating Open Day 16 September 2011 - Docklands

On 16 September 2010 I attended an unusually inspiring political and humanistic movement amid the half-deserted towers of Melbourne's sparsely populated but nature-poor Docklands. (Ed. Some small changes made on 22 Jan 2012 due to mistakes in transcription being picked up by a reader.)

The Dues We Pay To Political Correctness---Buying Approval At The Cost Of Truth

The venerable superstars of the population movement carried the cause on their backs for decades, but do they warrant immunity from our criticisms simply on that basis? Are the things that they are NOT saying to remain within the pale of socially acceptable comment impeding the advancement of the "neo-Malthusian" agenda? Is "overpopulation" the most absurd taboo----or is it the measures needed to reverse it?

Jan Beer of Plug the Pipe takes Melbourne Water to VCAT over right to privacy

Jan Beer, Plug The Pipe spokesperson and environmental activist in opposition to North-South Pipeline, is taking legal action against Government Agency Melbourne Water for alleged infringements of her right to privacy over a 2 year period.

General MacArthur and His Island-Hopping Strategy: The EROEI for Internet duels with Growthist Fools is Negative

With limited time and energy at one's disposal, it is wise to deploy it to its best effect. And that certainly is not by wasting hours on Internet forums debating with PC cornucopians with exclusively anthropentric human rights agendas and limited numbers of neural pathways that are set in concrete. Better to target those with flexible minds who have yet to consider our message and intuitively know that something is amiss with unending growth.

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