Australian news, and some related international items

Australia, like UK, should hold Inquiry into Iraq war

… revelations of coalition support for or direct participation in torture and indiscriminate killings were revealed in the massive cache of classified military documents released by Wikileaks in 2010.

Nor are the consequences limited to Iraq. Australia, as well as the rest of the world, is significantly less safe. Our civil liberties have been severely impinged by wave after wave of anti terrorism legislation supposedly designed to protect us…….

Now is the time for an Australian inquiry into the Iraq War – On Line Opinion -Chris Doran,  28/1/2011 The 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq have been an unparalleled disaster for the Iraqi people, Continue reading

February 1, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, secrets and lies | | Leave a comment

Iraq’s children paying the price of depleted uranium

“”I arranged for a delegation from Japan’s Hiroshima hospital to come and share their expertise in the field of radiological diseases that we are likely to face over time.

The delegation told me the Americans had objected, so they decided not to come.

Public health disaster for Iraqi people by Depleted Uranium, tehran times, 31 Jan 2011, “……….Ross B. Mirkarimi, a spokesman at The Arms Control Research Centre stated:””Unborn children of the region are being asked to pay the highest price, the integrity of their DNA.” Continue reading

February 1, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gillard governing in the interests of the fossil fuel lobby

Crikey, 29 Jan 2011, by Nicolino, 28 January 2011  Gillard and co will never ever want to offend the fossil fuel industry after getting their craven fingers burnt over the super profits tax. We found out then who is really running this country.The renewable energy sector was an easy target for cuts and wipeouts even though we all know that climate change has even worse things lined up for us. Never mind, The miners are happy and that’s the main thing. Never mind the populace. Climate policies slashed to pay for a natural disaster | Crikey

February 1, 2011 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Catholics must be cringing at Cardinal Pell’s views on climate change

The coolist Cardinal’s hopes were dashed a week later when data came in confirming that 2010 was, indeed, the hottest year on record – even despite the European deep freeze………………….

Climate policies slashed to pay for a natural disaster, Crikey, 29 Jan 2011, “……..Catholic leader Cardinal George Pell, who influences an even greater congregation, wrote a week earlier of his delight at the extraordinary freeze that had hit Europe in late December – an event that just so happened to have killed dozens and ruined the travel plans of millions – because he thought it disproved the theory of man-made global warming.

“Nothing so delicious has happened,” he wrote, since President Obama’s aircraft was snowed in at the global warming summit in Copenhagen in 2009. Continue reading

February 1, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, people, religion and ethics | Leave a comment