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Archive for May 2007

Pulped Uncut – mapping the political fiasco of Gunns’ election timebomb.

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Recent rumblings from Tasmania have revealed a chasm of accountability and due process so vast you could push a $2 billion pulp mill through it. This chasm will soon hit the federal election radar, forcing at least one major party to abandon their current strategy of issue neutralization.

The main powers have taken three relatively complicit positions. Tasmania’s Labor government has chosen NAP – ‘not any problem’. Even as the Liberal opposition unsuccessfully support calls for an ICAC, they endorse the project – as does former Liberal Premier and Gunns’ director Robin Gray. Federal Minister for Environment and Water, Malcolm Turnbull, is invoking NMP – ‘not my problem’, and the federal ALP have decided NOPE – ‘not our problem either’.

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May 28, 2007 at 8:51 pm

Pulp politics 101 – Gunns fiasco will hit federal election

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Will hopefully post full version (about 40% longer) here in the next day or so. But for now please visit New Matilda, grab yourself a free 4 week subscription (or a very affordable year-long one) and check out the story that’s been eating me for the last 6 weeks. Am absolutely stoked that Matthew Newton has allowed the use of his beautiful Weld Angel for the article.

From the page:

The situation is still extremely volatile. On 2 May, Les Baker, General Manager of the Gunns Pulp Mill Project, let slip on a Christian website that ANZ will be securing finance for the mill. There is speculation that this would conflict with ANZ’s obligations as a signatory to the Equator Principles. And on 17 May, the Wilderness Society (TWS) launched a Federal Court action against Turnbull and Gunns. Led by a highly experienced legal team, TWS’s challenge alleges Governmental bias, abrogation of due process, and seeks delay of the current process until its legality can be determined.

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May 23, 2007 at 4:22 pm

Alternative Australian Government to intercept Japanese whalers – Rudd & Garrett throw down!

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Hell yes!! Kevin Rudd has today announced that if the ALP is elected later this year, Australian naval vessels will be used to intercept the Japanese whaling fleet in Australian waters. This will be a massive step forward. Not only did he state that the Howard government has been ineffective, but also announced that it may be time for Australia to get active outside the International Whaling Commission process in order to end the fiasco of ‘scientific whaling’. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 21, 2007 at 5:29 pm

Stencil art from Sydney (artists unknown)

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these are cropped from photos i’ve taken of some of the stencils around Sydney’s walls and pavements. Something about dogshit, tanks, and Donald Rumsfeld seems right…not sure quite what though… Read the rest of this entry »

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May 14, 2007 at 12:59 pm

The Latest Climate Change Analysis = “we’re f#$%ed!”

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Will be posting own material again soon, but British author-journalist-activist George Monbiot has just posted this piece and it’s too important to ignore. Please visit the article for yourself, but in part it clearly explains why the aim of preventing more than 2°C of warming is overtly political and efforts to achieve this “goal” are based on wrong targets and outdated science. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 10, 2007 at 3:16 pm

How Shell sank New Orleans?

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That question mark isn’t skeptical – it’s a WTF. Lo at Braless Living has put together a pretty amazing article.

I think the first part was written fast and angry, but the detail – supported by some strong links from the years preceding Hurricane Katrina – is that the danger of that day, which ironically woke a lot of people to the future prognosese (?!) of climate change, was well-detailed in advance. The intriguing argument made is that what oil companies, especially Shell, had been doing off the coast and below sea level had far more to do with thousands of deaths and the destruction of a city than what their product had been doing to the climate. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 9, 2007 at 2:26 am

Alternative News Online – 10 suggestions & a question

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WOW!!!! Sexy title, huh?

Here’s a list of recommended online news sources I recently put together for a zine. IMHO, it’s worthwhile, but certainly not comprehensive. Check some of these out for yourself and see what you think. The question is – what are your preferred corners of the web for alternative/progressive/radical/actual news, commentary and analysis? Please bomb the comments with your own suggestions. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 8, 2007 at 4:42 pm