Australian news, and some related international items

 Add your name to our petition calling for a Fair Price for Solar.

It’s been a week since the Turnbull Government announced the “National Energy Guarantee” (NEG) and still we’re being kept in the dark about what this policy will mean for rooftop solar. The NEG doesn’t say a word about Australia’s 1.7 million solar households. Not. A. Word.

As it stands the policy will concentrate power in the hands of the big retailers while leaving solar owners in limbo about what it means for their clean, homegrown power [1].

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that the same companies who’ve been ripping off solar owners for years should get any more power. Will you add your name to our petition for a Fair Price for Solar?

Solar owners have tapped into the power of the sun to take back control of their energy bills; they shouldn’t be left wondering what every new energy policy announcement will mean for their household budget.

A Fair Price for Solar provides balance and removes uncertainty – it means everyone with panels on their roof gets a fair return for the power they feed back to the grid. No ifs, no buts.

In South Australia, since the Essential Services Commission deregulated the minimum feed-in tariff, some retailers have recognised the benefits that solar owners bring to the grid, but many continue to get away with underpaying solar owners for their clean power [2].

Solar on the roof is good for the hip pocket, good for the environment and good for the grid, by lowering peak demand. But the way the system is set up means that big business enjoys the benefits of all that clean power – it’s rigged.

Will you help build momentum by adding your name to our petition that calls for a Fair Price for Solar?

The Federal Government is trying to flog a plan that ignores everyday Australians who are providing clean, affordable electricity to the grid. Worse still, they’ve set renewable targets so low that they might end up rapidly slowing the rollout of rooftop solar [3].

But with 1.7 million households across Australia with rooftop PV, if we work together, you and I can make sure rooftop solar is pushed into the light.

Let’s make sure the little guys don’t lose out again. Add your name to our petition calling for a Fair Price for Solar.



October 25, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Farmers for Climate Action – Stop compulsory acquisition of grazing land  for Adani’s private rail line

Petitioning Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

Stop compulsory acquisition of grazing land
for Adani’s private rail line

~ Farmers for Climate Action

‘My name is William Graham and I’m a fifth-generation grazier
on a cattle station near Emerald in Central Queensland.

‘This week the Queensland government has compulsorily acquired
3568 hectares of agricultural land in this region,
for Adani’s private rail line to their proposed Carmichael coal mine.

‘Graziers and farming families are coming to grips with the news
that parts of their properties will no longer belong to them.
The nuisance factor is enormous.
Properties will be split apart, and
access to water and facilities more difficult. … ‘

Read more of this petition, including background here:

October 25, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Farmers for Climate Action: a plea to save Queensland’s water from Adani coalmine guzzling it

Petitioning Queensland Premier Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

Rescind Adani’s Unlimited Water License
and support Aussie farmers!

~ Farmers for Climate Action

‘As Queensland farmers, water is crucial for our livelihoods.
As our climate gets hotter and drier, our water resources are even more precious.
We call on the Queensland Premier to rescind the
unlimited, free 60-year water license they are proposing to grant to the Adani coal mine. … ‘

Read Background to this petition here:

October 25, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Melbourne 17 October: Dirty Deals 10 Years On ‒ The story of Uranium Mining in Malawi

Dirty Deals 10 Years On ‒ The story of Uranium Mining in Malawi
Tuesday October 17, 6.30pm to 8pm
Friends of the Earth, 312 Smith St, Collingwood
Guest speaker: Reinford Mwangonde from Citizens for Justice, Malawi. 
Reinford has challenged Perth-based mining company Paladin Energy’s Kayelekera uranium mine in Malawi, the heart of Africa, since before the licence was granted in 2007. The history of the mine has been littered with worker deaths, spills and leaks, and conflict between Paladin and the surrounding community.
Now the mine has been put into care-and-maintenance and Paladin Energy has gone bust and been put into administration.
Will the Kayelekera mine site be rehabilitated ‒ or will it remain a toxic eye-sore and a testament to the appalling history of Australian mining companies operating in Africa?
Please join Friends of the Earth and Reinford Mwangonde for this important discussion.
Contact: Jim Green 0417 318 368,
Snacks and drinks provided.
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October 8, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

The #StopAdani Movement is uniting for  a BigDayOfAction Sat7October

‘The #StopAdani movement is uniting for a big day of action on Saturday 7 October.

‘Together, we’re building an unstoppable movement in our campaign to #StopAdani, which our politicians are trying to ignore.

‘If we want to move beyond coal, we’re going to have to spell out #StopAdani to our politicians.

‘That’s why we’re asking you to join forces in creating human signs so big that they can’t be ignored at iconic locations across Australia!

‘We’re literally going to spell out #StopAdani.  ‘Think big, think iconic, be creative and let’s make this massive!’

October 2, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Unlocking the truth about Lockheed Martin- weapons maker

 Lockout Lockheed‘s event.   Lockout Lockheed Martin forum
 Important event in Melbourne, Sunday October 8, 11am to 2pm.Arts Hall Parkville, Victoria, Australia 3052

Not only do we have US military bases that are an integral part of the global military industrial complex, but weapons manufacturing companies like Lockheed Martin are entrenching themselves more and more in our society. Australia is playing a large and growing role in global warfare, and universities are increasingly offering our best minds to this voracious industry.

Unlocking the truth about Lockheed Martin
Public,    Hosted by UMSU Environment Collective and Lockout Lockheed

September 29, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

19 August South Australia event “We Say No To Nuclear Waste Dump”

This Saturday August 19 the No Dump Alliance is hosting the ‘We say NO’ event that will hear from speakers from the Flinders Ranges and Kimba region. Event details here:


Note: The Alliance was formed in 2016 to challenge the threat of an international nuclear waste dump in SA. Traditional Owners, unions, church, environment and other civil society groups worked together on a successful community campaign to end this threat and have now committed to continuing these efforts in relation to any planned national dump in SA – see:

August 18, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

“Clinton’s Walk For Justice” to arrive in CanberraSeptember 3rd

Canberra Event Announced – September 3rd!

“Clinton’s Walk For Justice calls for support rallies and events to be held all across the country on September 3, as Clinton’s big Canberra arrival event is held.

“We’ll be calling on the Governor General to meet with Clinton and begin discussions about treaty – sovereign to sovereign.

“We encourage all people
– from the cities all the way out to the remote communities
– to take part in a national day of action to push for treaty
and address issues of injustice faced by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

August 11, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Australian Red Cross to hold Hiroshima Day Vigil in Adelaide

Hiroshima Day Vigil   by Australian Red Cross in SASun, August 6, 2017

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ACST


Elder Park

King William Road

Adelaide, SA 5000


Join the Australian Red Cross SA IHL Collective to mark the 72nd anniversary of the detonation of an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan. We invite the community to come together to remember the victims of this attack and to highlight the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.

After the recent historic adoption of Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Treaty, add your message of hope for a world free of nuclear weapons to our paper crane and lantern peace sign; listen to guest speakers and performers as we reflect on the need to continue to fight for an end to nuclear weapons.

For more information, email

July 24, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Key speakers for Alice Springs major event 10 YEARS OF INTERVENTION – 10 YEARS TOO LONG

A conference in Alice Springs marking ten years of the Northern Territory Intervention will bring together people from prescribed areas to discuss the issues impacting on them and how best to move forward in taking control of their lives and communities.

Speakers include Yingiya Mark Guyula, Member for Nhulunbuy and local Arrernte woman Pat Ansell Dodds discussing Treaty;

Dylan Voller and Vickie Roach, campaigners for reform of the justice system;

Barbara Shaw and Matthew Ryan, NT Aboriginal Housing Board;

Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, Alukerre First Nation Cultural Trust, speaking on community governance;

And Senator Rachel Siewert discussing income management.

21st June 2017 marks ten years since John Howard announced the Northern Territory Intervention.  In 2012, after token consultations, Jenny Macklin introduced the Stronger Futures laws which extended the intervention for a further ten years.

Despite all the evidence to the contrary and various reports and recommendations including from the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Issues and many peak Aboriginal organisations, governments have continued these policies which are having a devastating effect on individuals and communities.

People are still living in poverty and in unacceptable living conditions, many more are being sent to jail (often for non-criminal offences), more and more children are being removed from families and losing contact with their culture, more people are turning to drugs or suffering from mental or other health issues.

A meeting of the full Central Land Council on 10th May issued the following statement:

“CLC believes that the Intervention and Stronger Futures legislation is racist and continues genocidal policies, has not improved Aboriginal people’s lives and should be repealed.” Media contacts: Roxanne Highfold 044 767 4688/Marlene Hodder 043 881 6851

June 14, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

17 June Tasmanians will join the global movement towards banning nuclear weapons

All in Tasmania who feel strongly that we should ban these weapons are welcome to gather together for an hour in a “Ban the Bomb” vigil on Parliament House lawns from 11am to noon on Saturday, next weekend.

Talking Point: Tasmanians can join UN bid to ban nuclear weapons, June 10, 2017 WHEN I was a child an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and a few days later, a second on Nagasaki.

Just two bombs killed about 80,000 people in Hiroshima and 40,000 in Nagasaki.

I felt sick then. It still shocks me.

Thereafter, we saw photos and film of people, including children, running screaming, their clothes torn off and their skin hanging in strips.

We saw photos of hospitals full of innocent people dying of radiation, their devastated cities and surrounding farming land irradiated 70 years ago and still unusable.

In 1956, a series of British nuclear tests at Maralinga in South Australia also left an area of our great nation contaminated. Australians then said: “Never again.”

The Australian Government was at the forefront of countries that established the United Nations, with the main task of preventing war, in particular nuclear war.

However, since then, the world has experienced one war after another, with increasingly sophisticated weapons, plus an underlying dependence on violence rather than justice, education, negotiation and compromise to solve the thorny issues.

There are nearly 15,000 nuclear weapons worldwide, each one of which can cause devastation like that of Hiroshima and thereafter cause a nuclear winter sufficient to destroy all human life. Nine countries have these weapons and more, such as North Korea, are trying to make them.

No one should have them. Continue reading

June 10, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Until June 21 – Submissions received by Australian govt on nuclear waste dumping in South Australia

RE: Proposed Federal government imposition onto community in South Australia of an illegal “100 year” Store for ANSTO’s “10 000 year” irradiated Nuclear Fuel Wastes.
Public submissions are open till 21 June 2017, to:
The Minister’s release “Kimba 90-day consultation begins”(20 March 2017) invited submissions on potential approval under the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012 of two nominated sites near Kimba for assessment as potential sites for the proposed NRWM Facility.
E-Address To: Senator The Hon Matthew Canavan
The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
c/o The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
National Radioactive Waste Section
The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) comprises two co-located waste management facilities: an above ground 100 year Store for nuclear wastes that ARPANSA states require isolation for 10 000 years, AND a Disposal Facility for a range of radioactive wastes requiring isolation for up to 300 years.

May 29, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Kimba District Council conducting ballot on National Radioactive Low/Intermediate Level Waste Management Facility.

Kimba District Council The District Council of Kimba is conducting a ballot in relation to the nomination for a site being progressed to Phase 2 for further consultation for a National Radioactive Low/Intermediate Level Waste Management Facility.

If you are not currently enrolled on the State Electoral Roll for this council area you may still be entitled to enrol to vote on the Chief Executive Officer’s roll if you own or occupy a property within the District Council of Kimba.
For further information on voting entitlements please contact the office on 8627 2026.

Applications close for the purposes of the ballot at 12 noon Monday 15th May, 2017.
Please share if you know of someone that maybe eligible.

May 5, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Lobby Labor to stop the four Western Australian uranium mines

  • Sign the Uranium Free Charter
  • Take a selfie – with the Ban Uranium Mining Permanently sign and post to social media #walabor #uraniumfreewa
  • Get in touch with Labor – see details below: – (08) 6552 5800 – (08) 6552 6700 – (08) 6552 5000
For your local member find:

Here is some draft text you could adapt to send to them or use as speaking points for a call: 

I’m contacting you to let you know I support the WA Labor policy to prevent uranium mining in WA and wish to see uranium mining banned permanently in this State. I am concerned by recent media statements that indicate Labor will let the four proposed uranium mines in WA go ahead. None of these projects have final approval none are under construction so they do not meet Labors criteria. These mines should not be allowed to proceed under a Labor Government.

After eight years of support and subsidies for uranium mining by the Barnett Government, our State remains nuclear-free. There are no operating uranium mines, no uranium projects with final approval to mine, and no proposals that are economically viable.

Now that Labor has won the State election, you and your party have a unique opportunity to prevent and ban uranium mining in WA and instead support a Renewable Energy Target and a clean energy future for West Australians.

Labor has been clear and consistent on their opposition to uranium mining and the party has a clear and strong policy against uranium, nuclear power, and nuclear waste that I support. This position should be clarified and re-affirmed given recent media reports that suggest otherwise.

I urge you to make quick decisive action to end uranium mining in WA once and for all. This will create certainty and relief for communities that have endured eight years of negotiating and fighting with uranium mining companies and the Barnett Government._____

May 5, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Western Australia anti nuclear action

US bases tour – WA – June 16th – 18th
Join us on a whirlwind tour of the US bases close to Perth. We’ll leave on a Friday head towards Geraldton and come back on Sunday evening. We’ll be camping in State Park so bring a swag or a tent.
$80 per person (includes food and fuel and no frills) – spaces are limited so book in fast!
For more info or to book your spot call 0415380808 or e-mail

This years Walkatjurra Walkabout dates are now set for the 4th of August leaving Fremantle and returning on the 3rd of September. We are hoping for a really good turn out this year and hopefully it will be a celebration of a Ban on uranium mining. If Labor have not done it by then we need lots of people to come and demand that they keep their promises. Register for the walk here or find our more Information for walkers here.

Sign the Uranium Free Charter
Don’t let WA become a radioactive quarry and waste dump! Western Australians face a choice about uranium mining. The current push to allow uranium mining is a direct threat to workers’ safety and the long term health of our environment and communities. Uranium mining does not make good economic sense and leaves behind a radioactive legacy.

May 5, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment