You are here

Victoria

Joe Toscano - Your local anarchist on podcast; antidote to the Jon Faine & Madonna Kings of the airwaves

Tired, angry, frightened by your government and big business? Surrounded by hysterical idiots? ABC and the shockjocks make you grind your teeth? Don't know where to turn? Need to get a grip? - Look for the Joe Toscano anarchist pod-casts on 3CR Victoria. You can download his soothing but relevant political counsel every week. It's all about relocalise, energy, population, democracy and land-tenure. It's called anarchism, and Joe is the only person I've ever heard talk about it coherently and simply.

Coalition, Greens & DLP vote Tim Holding's North South Pipeline enabling regulations down!

Victoria's Water Minister, Tim Holding, is angry that his government's regulations to allow country water to be funnelled to Melbourne via a north-south pipeline were rejected in the Victorian parliament on Wednesday. The opposition moved a disallowance motion to block the order, which regulates the delivery of pipeline water. The Greens and DLP supported the motion, giving the coalition the numbers it needed for it to pass.

Bulk water entitlements: There's a hole in the bucket, Mr Brumby

"It will be interesting to see if the exact matters we have argued through the legislative process end up being argued in a court somewhere, where perhaps some of the facts we have been so desperately trying to expose can for once be tested. Perhaps the people in the community can be offered not just an environmental and social future but some answers to the questions they have been so regularly and constantly asking." Greg Barber, Greens MLC 12-8-09

Brumby's wet dream interrupted in Parliament - (North-South Pipeline Victoria)

“Today’s successful disallowance motion in Parliament highlights the overwhelming opposition to the Government’s attempts to loot water from food producers and the environment because it has failed to plan for Melbourne’s future water needs,” Mr Ryan, Liberal Nationals Coalition.

Parliament disallows Brumby's bulk water entitlement for North-South Pipeline

“The Order clearly breached commitments the government made to the environment, food producers and Victorian communities and shows the Brumby Government is prepared to place the future of farming communities and our rivers in jeopardy for the sake of sending 75 gigalitres of northern Victoria’s water to Melbourne."

Lights out for democracy - privatisation of essential services in Victoria

Victoria is outsourcing its essential services for competitive profit and marketing taxpayer-funded 'gifts' to taxpayers as if they were 'free'. The activities of the sector are to be monitored - but only economically - by a new body calledThe Essential Services Commission - which apparently approves of these 'free' gifts. Would you trust people with so little concern for democracy? A concerned citizen expresses her disgust at the whole scammy system, marketed by naive young people cold-calling customers at home. Comment inside from Essential Services Commission

MP Matt Guy asks Finance & Public Admin Committee to call Madden & GAA in for questioning on GAIC

Shadow Minister for Planning Matthew Guy will today ask the Parliament’s all-powerful Finance and Public Administration Committee to call the Planning Minister and the Growth Areas Authority (GAA) to appear before it to urgently explain the proposed Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) that will have damaging effects on Victorian families. See related articles.

Victorian Parliament Urban Growth Boundary debate 10:30 am Wednesday 29 July 09

David Davis MP will introduce his resolution for the Outer Suburban/Interface Services and Development Committee of Parliament to hold an enquiry into the Extension of the Urban Growth Boundary at 10:30 am on Wednesday 29 July 2009 in the Upper House. Concerned citizens are urged to attend parliament to watch as our representatives argue the toss of our remaining quality of life and environment in Melbourne. A link is also provided to listen on-line. See also: Other relevant articles about the Urban Growth Boundaries assault

Victoria: Urban Boundaries Expansion is another name for Lebensraum

Developers, led by Planning Minister Justin Madden, in a move reminiscent of Hitler's tanks on Poland, are poised to invade and bulldoze the green wedges to enrich themselves, with the same excuses for aggression of ‘lebenraum’ – living space - despite the objections of the people who live there. Is there a Churchill in Victoria with the guts to stop the bulldozers or will the government sacrifice democracy completely? Here is a submission that spells out what the damage will be if the Opposition allows the government to legitimise the totalitarian aggression of “lebensraum” – Urban Boundaries Expansion.

Video: Taxed Out Michael Hocking's speech on GAIC Tax: Melbourne Rally 14 July 2009

You tube video inside of Michael Hocking's speech about the GAIC tax which Planning Minister Madden wants to inflict on the people who live in the Green Wedges which he wants to rezone for urban development.

Madden's land-grab would bring about an Animal Apocalypse of Victorian wildlife

"We are looking at an imminent wildlife disaster of unprecedented proportions in Victoria. The situation is growing so serious for species, especially kangaroos, that I cannot keep up with the calls I receive for help and our volunteers are stretched to the limits on the frontiers of encroaching suburbia, dealing with a sort of 'animal apocalypse'. Wildlife corridors are the only answer, but Mr Madden, the Minister for Planning's plans, should he succeed in getting them through parliament, would cut off this final escape from extinction." (Maryland Wilson, Australian Wildlife Protection Council, July 14, 2009.)

Unnatural growth and rotten taxes doom democracy in Victoria - July 14 Protests in Melbourne

The Progressive Business organisation calls itself is ‘an associated entity of the Australian Labor Party [which] from time to time, donate funds to the Party’. It has two membership types : Corporate - $1,550 (incl. GST) and Business - $990 (incl. GST). Corporate members get 5 Tickets to the Breakfast Briefing Program and access to 5 Twilight Briefings for 5 company representatives; Business members get 3 Tickets to the Breakfast Briefing Program and access to 5 Twilight Briefings for 3 company representatives.

Most Victorians pay far more than this in taxes every year but the Minister for Planning doesn't listen to them.

Rights of Landowners against the State: Farmers vs Brumby Government, Victoria, Australia

The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizens was passed in France in 1789 and people all over the world since have based their social standards on these rights. Serfdom was repealed and it was declared That Property is an inviolable and inalienable right and That the natural rights of man are liberty, property, safety and resistance against oppression.

In Australia, however, these rights are increasingly in doubt. On 27 August a case in Seymour Magistrates Court will examine right of property owners against the state: Brumby Government against two Yea landowners. Rights to enter freehold land prior to acquisition under Land Acquisition and Compensation Act.

Multi NGO Rally Melbourne Bastille Day (14 July) against urban expansion in green wedges & rotten taxes

Multi NGO including Wildlife groups Melbourne Bastille Day rally to protest land speculation, green wedges destruction, and taxation without representation, including the proposed $95,000 ha rezoning tax; the privileged hearings granted to paid up members of the ALP-linked Progressive Business lobby, whereas taxpayers pay far more for no representation at all."We would be very glad if you can send us a message on behalf of your organisation in support of the rally (contact details end of article). This will help prove that your organisation is not city-centric or has "NIMBY" tendencies." (Oh those dreaded NIMBY stand up for yourself SUFI - ca suffit - tendencies!)

Victoria: Urban Growth Boundary extension into Green Wedges

The public are finding democratic ways to combat the devastation of all they hold dear and threats to life itself, as Victoria's government closes its eyes and steps as hard on the growth-accelerator as it can. You may already know about the requisitioning of 50,000 ha for residential development and new roads and the government's intention to simply take away our green wedges and get rid of our wildlife and trees. Yes our democracy is being trampled along with everything else, but we have not entirely lost people power.

Justin Madden calls democracy Cultural Snobbery

Referring to Madden's Age article, "Opposition to a bigger Melbourne smacks of Cultural Snobbery", AWPC says, "Planning Minister Justin Madden should consult the people of Victoria if he wants a planning strategy with the needs of individuals and Victorian families at its heart. A burgeoning population is not for the benefit of most Victorians and certainly not for our biodiversity." (Vivienne Ortega, Vice President, Australian Wildlife Protection Council)

Urban Democracy & Environment movement stops rotten DACs law - Victoria, Australia

Another success for the urban democracy and environment movement. The day after the "Restore Residents Rights" rally at parliament house on June 10, which was attended by about 600 people, Victoria's upper house rejected changes to the Planning and Environment Act that would have introduced Development Assessment Committees [DACs] to the State.

Report on the Victorian Transport Infrastructure Conference

Full steam ahead. Vast increase in population and infrastructure. Vast decrease in democracy. There is no plan B. Minister Pallas assured the audience they would secure the necessary environmental approvals/considerations. The EES is not a yes or no process. International migration levels never seen before...address future labour force. Long term drivers - migration. Health infrastructure needed - maternity wards. Taxpayers to bail-out developers to continue even more malignant growth. Hastings doomed according to plan.

Madden backs down on site of Cardinia desal infrastructure

No-one wants desalination plants and the overpopulation and loss of democracy that brings them. But the Victorian government has gone ahead and forced these expensive, fuel-intensive artificial water plants on the citizens it should consult. Catherine Manning conducted a brilliant battle to have her community's objections heard when the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden, simply ignored the EES panel's recommendation that plant infrastructure should be located elsewhere. Unfortunately Bass itself still cops a desal plant.

Vic Planning Legislative Bill enslaves Victorians to Growth Lobby


"[T]his bill will enable the government, without any further recourse to the Parliament, to declare an area to be a growth area. Following on from that will be the liability of citizens to pay this increased levy" [$95,000 per hectare on land zoned from rural]. Mr Clark MP spoke of the "extraordinary price" of Victorian Labor's Planning Legislative Amendment Bill "in terms of intrusion on local communities, the diminution of the capacity of local communities to have a say in their own destiny, and the undermining of the role of local government councillors." "The bill, whichever way you look at it, is badly flawed. It attacks principles of democracy, of devolution and decentralisation. It attacks principles of accountability to Parliament by government for revenue raising. It is bad in all of those respects, and it is opposed by the coalition."

Would you like porn with that?

Pornography on display to children at local milkbar. Why do we have to put up with this? Why must our children be exposed to it? Our children are victims of pornography. They are being exposed to images of a sexual nature long before they can comprehend their meaning, but these images make an impression.

Movement consolidating to protect Frankston Pines Reserve from Brumby

Premier Brumby has announced his intention to bulldoze the Peninsula Link Freeway through the centre of Frankston’s 220 hectare Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve. He pre-empted the “Independent” Panel report reviewing the South and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority’s Environment Effect Statement thus wasting $5m of taxpayers money and thousands of hours of submitters time. There is now a dedicated website and a concerted effort by local activists to overturn this decision. See also: "Why wildlife and Devilbend Reserve need more protection"
"Grave loss of native fauna on the Mornington Peninsula"
"SEITA tollway using old data on oil prices"

Senate inquiry Water Amendment (Murray and Goulburn Rivers) Bill 2008 in Shepparton Tues April 14th

Yes, most of these farmers are irrigators, whereas environmentalists prefer dryland farming to irrigation, and permaculture and relocalisation to broadacre. Some environmentalists consider that cropping is better than grazing for water use, value and animal rights. Others consider that cropping is intolerant of any wildlife, whereas grazing can co-exist with wildlife. These differences withstanding, the political reality we all face is that the private/public group the Plug the Pipe people are fighting proposes far worse than what we have now, with massive intensification of irrigation for crops and feedlot farms, total intolerance of wildlife, and no democratic input at all. Comments welcome.
See Orwellian Waterworksfor an explanation of what is at stake here.

VicForests slaughters 500 year old Australian

Radiocarbon-testing has confirmed that a giant rare old-growth eucalypt located in its natural forest habitat on East Gippsland's Brown Mountain has been chainsawed by VicForests, despite it being scientifically confirmed to be at least 500 years old.

Stonington Council goes to Ombudsman over failure of democracy in Victoria

Brumby gives developers magic access to Planning Minister Madden to make democracy disappear. Stonington Council, Victoria, goes to the State Omsbudsman.

Duck season reopens after 2 years amnesty - Victoria (Oz)

Victoria's Hunting Advisory Committee has caused Duck Season to reopen in Victoria, against the advice by the Department of Sustainability.

Obsessed Brumby jackboots-up 'development' in Victoria

Victorian government laces up its jackboots to transfer wealth from the voters to the property developers. (Australia)

A Place to die


High in the fork of the balding cypress tree, in a record heat wave on January 30th at 3.00pm Melbourne daylight saving time, the female possum was invisible to the people below sheltering from the sun in its sparse shade.

See also: "Victorian Government shows no mercy for fauna and flora in Melbourne's heatwave" of 30 Jan 09.

Andrew Bolt: Why add 1.5 million when Victorian infrastructure can't cope with current population?

Andrew Bolt, who works for the right-wing Murdoch-owned Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper, has political views, which, in many, ways conform well to those of his employer. However, he rightly condemns the ongoing idiocy of the policies of the federal and state governments to encourage population growth when, during the heat wave of the previous days, the infrastructure of Melbourne failed abysmally to meet the needs of Melbourne's current residents. By speaking the truth about population growth and immigration he may well be serving the public far better than many of his 'politically correct' detractors who still won't openly question population growth.

See: "Melbourne is wrecked and full" by Andrew Bolt of 30 Jan 09.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Victoria