Jet-setting, funding-cutting Tony

Jet-setting, funding-cutting Tony

By Vanessa Kairies

Watching the Abbott publicity machine in action this week has been sickening.

Visiting cows in his freshly pressed suit was just the beginning. Clueless!

Off he jetted to his annual ‘community visit”. “While I’m here” he thought, “I’ll visit Eddie Mabo’s grave site on Murray Island”.

It was abhorrent.

_85147259_maborgraveaapEddie Koiki Mabo was a remarkable Australian man from the Torres Strait Islands known for his role in campaigning for Indigenous land rights and for his role in a landmark decision of the High Court of Australia which overturned the legal doctrine of terra nullius (“land belonging to nobody”) which characterised Australian law with regard to land and title.

Photographs can create a wonderful illusion. An illusion that Tony Abbott cares for Indigenous Australians. They certainly don’t portray a man whose government has cut hundreds of millions of dollars of funding from essential services for Aboriginal people. Whilst his photo ops in Aboriginal communities make the front pages of the mainstream media, the funding cuts are announced in small snippets buried somewhere on page 19.

Meanwhile (while Tony is off on another photo op), here is what is really happening. Here is how much he and the governments around this country really care.

In Tasmania

A Tasmanian council is pressing ahead with a move to have Aboriginal land reclaimed by the state, despite failing to gain support from fellow councils.

The issue was raised at the annual meeting of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT).

The Circular Head Council believes some land is not being properly managed and wants the State Government to proclaim the areas state reserves instead.

WITTIn Queensland

Witt Boooka found himself allegedly on the wrong side of the law after he and supporters “reclaimed” the Belli Park Mimburi site, which had been used for Aboriginal gatherings after being bought by the state government for the proposed Traveston Crossing dam.

Since that plan was knocked out by then federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett, the land was leased to a grazier.

Mr Boooka’s supporters claimed cattle on the property were destroying its value as a sacred site.

Witt Booka was arrested, though he has now been released.

In Western Australia

2 communities closed down, 148 to go.

Oombulgurri

The closure and demolition of this community was condemned by many including Amnesty International Australia. They stated: The WA Government must stop Oombulgurri demolitions after forcibly evicting community members.

In a letter to H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), Ghillar Michael Anderson (Convener and Joint Spokesperson of Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia and Head of State of the Euahlayi Peoples Republic) wrote:

“As the appointed Ambassador of the original Aboriginal Embassy, the Convener of the Sovereign Union and Head of State, Euahlayi Peoples Republic, I herewith bring to your attention the humanitarian crisis that has now developed in the state of Western Australia.

This crisis is a consequence of the Western Australian government’s policy of shutting down up to 150 Aboriginal homelands and communities, which they have wrongly stated to be financially ‘unsustainable’ and economically unviable. We regard these actions as an act of war and aggression against the various tribal Nations in Western Australia.

Already we have seen the Lockridge Aboriginal community in Perth bulldozed with impunity after the Commonwealth government of Australia had just completed building new dwellings.

The people are homeless and have now crowded into other family homes creating massive overcrowding, which leads to family confrontation and lateral violence that affects not only children but adults alike.

In the northern part of Western Australia the Aboriginal community of Oombulgurri was progressively closed down: First, the government closed the services. … then eventually the electricity and water were turned off. Finally, the 10 residents who resolutely stayed to the end were forcibly evicted, …

I call upon Your Excellency to make this humanitarian crisis known throughout the world. Furthermore, we ask that Your Excellency assist in the immediate provision of safeguards and protection of the refugee camp and to provide appropriate aid for the health and well-being of the refugees.”

For the Western Australian government to now dispossess and displace the Peoples of these homelands is designed to facilitate an expeditious expansion of mining interests and other developments.

WA Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier said Amnesty International Australia’s campaign was ill-informed.

On Heirisson Island

Homeless First Nations people have set up a camp on Heirisson Island, Perth.

In a recent media statement WA Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Peter Collier, commented that the establishment of the refugee camp by the Djurin Republic (Nyoongar Nation) on Matargarup also known as Heirisson Island in the middle of the Swan River adjacent to the city of Perth itself, was a preemptive act without cause, while at the same time stating that nothing will happen to these communities within the next two years. I do not think that the Minister gave any thought to what he was saying when he made this comment, for it certainly gives no comfort to those who have now been targeted.Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett, has sent in the police riot squad numerous times to remove and shut down this refugee camp.

Where will these homeless people go?

In Coonana

Coonana is a remote community that the Western Australian government has canceled all funding to.

Due to these funding cuts the community has no water and no power. The school has closed down, the community shop has closed down and the health centre has also been forced to close down.

Slowly, the people of Coonana left their traditional home and moved to other communities such as Tjuntjuntjarra: a 7-8 hour drive north east of Coonana and 170ks west of Kalgoorlie. Annette is the only person left and needs our help.

(If you are able, please donate to save Coonana via this link).

If you have read any of my previous articles, you will see what I believe is the true intention behind the forced closures of communities.

The biggest scam against Aboriginal Australia

The con in constitutional reform

The great land grab of 2015 continues

I think people are still waiting to find out why legislation for recognition in the constitution was passed in WA without any due democratic process. What’s more, there was no opposition in parliament. Josie Farrah and Colin Barnett have some explaining to do.

Tony, you’re in charge of this circus, please explain!

In the Northern Territory

Toxic beef and fish have turned up in the Northern Territory. (I wonder if Tony ate any beef or fish during his visit?)

What will be done for the communities that did?

It is alleged that the McArthur River Mine is responsible for the potential contamination of more than 400 cattle in the Northern Territory’s Roper River region. The McArthur River mine (MRM) is one of the world’s largest producers of lead, zinc and silver.

The Department of Primary Industries announced on Friday, the cattle have been potentially contaminated with dangerous toxins after wandering onto a mine site in the Northern Territory’s Roper River region, but did not name the mine for legal reasons.

Half the cattle have been shot and the remainder quarantined amid concern about the contamination of other animals in the remote region about 900km south-east of Darwin.

Protesters march against NT's McArthur River zinc mine 'pollution'

It’s not just the cattle that have been affected fish too.

Mining giant Glencore and the NT Health Department did not act on a recommendation from the Chief Health Officer to warn people living near the McArthur River Mine to not eat fish from three locations, Northern Territory Government documents show.

For more than a year Borroloola’s Indigenous clans have worried reactive waste rock on McArthur River Mine and leaking tailings dams could be health risks and have been asking the Giles Government to tell them whether it is safe to eat fish from nearby waterways.

I didn’t see Tony visiting any of these people.

Also in the Northern Territory

The controversial paperless arrest law in the Northern Territory has come under fire from both the Territory coroner and the Top Ends peak Aboriginal legal Aid Service following claims that the law will contribute to more Aboriginal deaths in custody.

The Northern Territory’s paperless arrest laws put adults and children at risk of arbitrary detention by police and unfairly target disadvantaged Indigenous people. If these laws are not repealed, more Indigenous people will be locked up and more unnecessary deaths in custody will follow.

This law needs to be stopped. The government, however, is standing firm.

Nationwide

The Stringer sets it straight on the alarming number of suicides across Australia: The record-high suicide rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are the result of the racist policies of one government after another. Government after government have degraded the majority of their communities to the most abominable social health quotients.

They have denied Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities an equivalency of social wealth enjoyed by non-Aboriginal communities.

They should have been entitled to this equivalent social wealth with which to navigate two cultural settings without impost.

In trying to understand the majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicides we must shift from focusing per se on the individual and instead focus on the circumstances.

And of course what publicity campaign is not complete without the visits to schools? It’s a great photo opportunity with the kiddies.

Abbott and his truant officers did the rounds.

It seems directives must have come from the Liberal Party to seize a few photo opportunities with other members visiting schools outside their jurisdiction soon. You can expect to see those photos popping up next week.

Here’s a suggestion for all of the politicians out there. Why not start teaching the true history of how Australia was colonised in the school system? Throw in a bit about First Nations culture while you’re at it. You will of course have to learn about it yourself first. You never know, it might even help to stamp out racism in this country.

On a personal note, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the families of Jack Sultan Page, Peter ‘Rabbit and his mother and Julieka Dhu. Australia will never know the struggles that you face on a daily basis. My heart goes out to you all.

If you are unaware of the tragedy of these people and their families, read the links below (Warning to First Nations people, these links contain images and names of the deceased).

An eleven year old suicides, nine months later his mother takes her life – this nation’s worst racism

Aboriginal woman who died in WA jail was there for an unpaid fine

In My Dreams

The political system in this country has failed and will continue to fail until First Nations people have true representation within Parliament.

For this to happen, a democratic vote Nationwide needs to happen at a State and Federal level. In my dreams, I see a third tier to parliament, with every portfolio covered for First Nations people. Only then will justice be served to the people of Australia. I’ll leave that up to the elders, these are just my thoughts.

On a positive note Eddie Mabo had a star named after him, a fitting tribute for an amazing man. What will your legacy be, Tony (and company)? I don’t see a star being named after you. Perhaps a storm, maybe. Yes, a storm. You’ve created a storm which has left nothing but destruction in its wake.

Author’s note

Please feel free to view my artwork about Indigenous Australia on my Facebook page:

Racism in Australia

First Nations across Australia (Warning to First nations people, these links contain images and names of the deceased).

Mining in WA and the relocation of 150 communities

Is there a silent partner behind the Republic debate in Australia

Is there a silent partner behind the Republic debate

What will we really be signing up to if Australia becomes a Republic?

A lot of people have been asking me, “What we can do to help our First Nation brothers and sisters regarding the destruction of land in Australia to uranium mining, coal mining, gas and fracking interests?”

I wrote the articles below to raise awareness for Australia as a whole, we have very good reason to be concerned:

The push to become a Republic is the same as the Recognise campaign, it is just wrapped up under another name. Indigenous Australia is suspicious of the move.

If you care about the Australian environment and our people, vote ‘no’ to Australia becoming a Republic, vote ‘no’ to constitutional reform.

Do you want a dishonest government who is controlled by the foreign owned mining companies to be able to re-write our constitution? I think not.

Below is a list (via Crikey) of political donations made to the Liberal Party. It makes for interesting reading and adds to our suspicion.

The 2013-14 political donations data confirms a long trend in Australian politics, with the ALP still fundamentally reliant on the union movement and the Liberal Party in the thrall of big business, rent-seekers and a few wealthy families.

It shouldn’t take until almost halfway through Tony Abbott’s first term in office to be told who funded the campaign that dislodged Kevin Rudd, but the figures were only released by the Australian Electoral Commission at 9am today.

There are dozens of interesting stories in the deluge of data, but perhaps of most interest is the breakdown of donors to the federal Liberals in 2013-14. The election was held on September 14, 2013, and most major donations tend to happen in the weeks leading up to polling day.

Under Australia’s anything goes system of campaign finance, there are no legal restrictions on who can give money to federally registered parties. Ivan Milat, Sir Prince Philip, Vladimir Putin, the Hells Angels … no problems, step right up.

Even businesses that are directly licensed or funded by Canberra have an unfettered right to provide unlimited amounts of cash.

And that’s what you see across the 10 pages of donors disclosed by the federal Liberals who gave more than $12,400.

This is hardly comprehensive, but here’s a summary of those who contributed more than $50,000 to the Abbott campaign to unseat Kevin Rudd:

Adani Mining, $49,500: Indian conglomerate developing the giant Galilee coal fields in Queensland.

Ross Adler, $50,000: former CEO of Santos, whom Libs appointed to the Telstra board. Made plenty as chair of Dominos Pizza.

ANZ Bank, $150,000: easily Australia’s largest financier of carbon-intensive energy sector and most politically generous of the big four banks. Now chaired by David Gonski.

Lord Michael Ashcroft, $250,000: controversial British business and conservative political figure who gave Libs a record $1 million donation back in John Howard’s day.

Australian Salary Packaging Industry Association, $250,000: responded generously when Liberals promised to overturn Kevin Rudd’s clampdown on tax breaks for packaged salaries. McMillan Shakespeare is the largest industry player.

ASX Ltd, $110,000: gave the same to both sides and was clearly relieved when Bill Shorten was persuaded not to introduce competition into its monopoly-clearing business.

Balmoral Pastoral, $400,000: As Bernard Keane reported, this outfit also gave $200,000 to the federal Libs in 2012-13. Is owned by billionaire Bob Oatley, who made his fortune selling Rosemount to Southcorp for $1.5 billion and now focuses on Hamilton Island and winning Sydney-to-Hobart races.

Joseph Brender, $100,000: wealthy businessman who made his fortune in textiles and retail and lives near Malcolm Turnbull in Point Piper.

Brickworks, $150,000: controlled by Rich Lister Robert Millner, who oversees a conglomerate of intertwined listed companies, which have now given more than $2 million of shareholder funds to the Liberals and very little to Labor. Was mentioned in dispatches at the Independent Commission Against Corruption after working with Peta Credlin to fight the carbon tax.

Century Plaza, $220,000: the private company of retail billionaire Solomon Lew, who has lobbied hard for a higher GST on online purchases.

Chevron Australia, $47,300: one of the 10 biggest global oil super-majors with major investments off Western Australia.

Clubs Australia, $180,000: not-for-profit pokies lobby, which was relieved when Liberals helped fight off the Gillard-Wilkie pokies pledge on mandatory pre-commitment.

Coca-Cola Amatil, $55,000: controlled by Atlanta, chaired by David Gonski and a long-time litigant and lobbyist against container deposit schemes globally.

Coles Group, $55,000: part of Wesfarmers and Australia’s grocery duopoly along with Woolworths. Exposed to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and political intervention due to enormous market power over suppliers.

Coogee Chemicals, $50,000: manufacturer exposed to carbon tax. Controlled by Rich Lister Gordon Martin, the inaugural president of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Western Australian chapter and former chancellor of Curtin University in Perth.

CST Mining Group, $50,000: Hong Kong-based miner, which owns the Lady Annie copper mine in Queensland.

Dow Chemical, $55,000: US-based chemical giant. Exposed to carbon tax.

Peter Edwards, $100,000: the most politically generous member of the Smorgon family. J

on Fogarty, $100,000: former WA footballer who made the media with some controversies over contracts running public hospitals.

Sir Michael Hintze, $75,000: made his fortune running hedge fund CQS.

Hong Kong Kingson Investment: $500,000: prolific donor which gave a range of parties a total of $761,000 as far back as 2007-08, as The Australian reported at the time. Also gave federal ALP $600,000 last year through its associated Kingold division.

Jiebo Huang, $200,000: lists a Mosman address, little known publically.

IPGL Ltd, $50,000: London firm controlled by former Tory treasurer Michael Spencer.

Jefferson Investments, $55,000: Sydney-based outfit, which has given more than $250,000 over the years, including some to ALP.

Linc Energy, $100,000: another of the Queensland-based gas outfits that has so outraged Alan Jones for their alleged capture of the LNP ahead of its traditional agricultural constituency.

Lion Ltd, $55,000: dairy and beer giant now controlled by Japanese firm Kirin, which has Sir Rod Eddington on the board. Contribution probably involved free beer at fund raisers.

Manildra Group, $124,000: continues Rich Lister Dick Honan’s long practice of seeking regulatory support for products such as ethanol through donations.

Paul Marks, $750,000: based in Waterfront Place in the Brisbane CBD and fronts Nimrod Resources, which has mining aspirations near Bourke in outback NSW.

Harold Mitchell, $100,000: advertising heavyweight and Rich Lister who tends to support both sides.

Alf Moufarrige, $40,000: Rich Lister who controls global serviced office firm Servcorp and has donated more than $500,000 to the Liberals over the years.

New Hope Coal, $250,000: controlled by Millner family through Soul Pattinson and Brickworks structure. Made famous by Alan Jones over controversial Acland project on the Darling Downs.

Parakeelia Pty Ltd, $411,276: software company serving the Liberals, which incensed David Marr back in 2007, given Ron Walker connection.

Peabody Energy, $50,000: world’s biggest coal miner, based in the US with big interests in NSW and Queensland.

Philip Morris, $45,000: US tobacco giant now banned from giving to the Liberals in a move that Tony Abbott’s successor is not obliged to maintain.

Punusi Pty Ltd, $100,000: a previous player in the NSW agriculture and development space but current interests unclear.

SixMileBridge Pty Ltd, $50,000: business operating out of Double Bay in Sydney.

Sonic Healthcare, $200,000: listed healthcare player very dependent on ongoing federal funding.

Gandel Group, $150,000: Melbourne billionaire John Gandel, who has huge property interests like Chadstone in Melbourne and is one of the five richest property moguls in Australia.

Sean Tomlinson, $100,000: Gold Coast entrepreneur who made it onto Young Rich List through iPad point-of-sale business Revel Systems.

Village Roadshow, $200,000: Graham Burke and the Kirby family have been long-time Liberal supporters, with overall donations now approaching $3 million.

Walker Group, $100,000: billionaire Sydney property developer Lang Walker has used Graham Richardson for lobbying but favoured the Liberals more over the years.

Westfield, $150,000: the Lowy family have directed more than $10 million to politicians and parties globally over the years.

Woodside Energy, $129,500: the biggest ASX listed player in the oil and gas space, now breaking free from Shell.

Zafcan Pty Ltd, $100,000: Melbourne registered firm at 1 Spring Street, which donates a similar amount to the Liberals most years.

Zip Heaters, $100,000: appliance and tap manufacturer controlled by wealthy 82-year-old Sydney businessman Michael Crouch.

I have seen articles come out and say that becoming a Republic is not a political move. What rubbish! Abbott’s love affair with coal is politically driven by the sponsors of the Liberal Party. How much will the referendum into this one cost, Joe? Stop wasting taxpayers dollars.

Don’t be fooled Australia. Our country, our land and our people deserve better.

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Mining in WA and the relocation of 150 communities

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The silenced majority

By Vanessa Kairies

You wouldn’t want to be gay, transgender, bi-sexual, a refugee, a Muslim, a first Australian, homeless, unemployed, sick, facing retirement, in aged care or a young person looking at going to university.

Tony thinks they’re easy targets.

Wrong!

Yes Tony, we do exist and you’ve sold us and the rest of the country out to the mining companies (mostly foreign owned and those making excessive donations to the political parties – in exchange for some favour, I imagine). They currently control Australia, not the government ‘we’ elected.

Thanks Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrester and Gina Reinhart for setting the precedent for this.

It’s nothing new, of course, but I think it’s time to say “no more”. What about you?

Oh look, the Mafia are involved too.

It’s time to spring clean politics.

As we all know, the mainstream media feeds the public whatever news suits their political agenda, or what the donors and the mining companies hope to achieve.

And of course Rupert Murdoch owns 70 per cent of the print media in this country, and I would imagine that he has a great deal of influence over the political direction his newspapers will sway. I find it disgraceful that a foreigner (or anybody for that matter) can who can decide who is going to govern this country via his media influence.

He likes to keep the party that will toe the line in power. For his own benefit, of course.

Andrew Bolt, who made his fame by writing for Murdoch, is one of his pet puppets – who toes the line – but could you ever believe anything he writes? He is the perfect example (and there are many in the Murdoch media) that what you read is unlikely to be the truth. Everything, every word, is to fit the Murdoch agenda.

Unfortunately, if they get their heads stroked and their strings are pulled enough, it feeds their egos and they continue to grow.

Myself, I stopped reading anything from Murdoch a long, long time ago but people who can’t think for themselves continue to flock to him.

This clip (from 2012) of Gina Reinhart and Lord Monckton, both well known climate change denialists and both in all their glory might help prove my point.

It is still relevant today, and it is how Australia operates.

Australia is run by the elite, with the line firmly drawn between rich and poor.

Frankly, this is just not good enough for our beautiful nation.

Don’t believe me? Let’s have a look at the real news this week – the news that Murdoch doesn’t bother with.

Turning to the dire situation that is the asylum seekers . . .

Monday began with the Pope announcing that turning away refugees is ‘murder‘.

We didn’t see much about that one in the mainstream media. Gosh, I wonder why?

Here’s another bit of news: one of the victims of rape in a detention centre, has been refused medical treatment here in Australia. How appalling! Thank you ABC for this one. It’s good to see you still exist.

In Tuesday’s news, the government announced a change to their emission’s reduction targets.

I thought you didn’t believe in climate change Tony?

Guess what? It fell way below the level needed to ensure we don’t hit a target of 3-4 degrees.

Oh, didn’t you hear? We are already at 2 degrees. NASA announced that one a while back.

Tony Abbott got hammered in the media for this, something most uncommon.

Perhaps a spill is near. You can’t hide stupidity.

“What should we do?” they were saying amongst themselves, “We must save captain Tony from the pirates”.

“I know . . . let’s discuss marriage reform, that’s a safe bet, we can rig that one and it can be a distraction from other pressing issues that Rupert will help us by also ignoring”.

The Liberal Party were never going to vote in favour of marriage reform. They’ve made this point time and time again. The meeting was stacked with the Nationals being on board, it was destined to fail.

This mob are archaic!

In case you missed it, here is an interview that aired on Lateline, a short time after the meeting.

It is an interview with Mark Butler, who makes some very valid points.

Presenter John Barron begins by saying:

“Returning now to the story that was meant to be the big story today for the Federal Government, the issue of climate change and emissions reduction targets”.

The Abbott government needs to come clean with how they intend to make their new targets possible. They are all talk and no action.

I also applaud Adam Bandt for his speech. He hit the nail on the head.

Notice that these aren’t to be found in the Murdoch media?

11866340_407193066131500_781853589775134247_nAnd the unemployment figures are in too, though no-one except the independent media is really talking about it. Yet it should be making headlines all around the country.

Now to our first nation’s brothers and sisters . .  I wonder if there have been any more forced removals of people off their land in WA? That’s one to check up on, but you won’t find it in the Murdoch media. Again, only independent media is interested.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about the elderly. I do respect my elders. If you are in aged care, you’re not really up to complaining about cuts to the budget. Again, it’s social media who are writing about it. In this case, you will note, it’s a Labor politician who has taken to Facebook to spread his message as it’s no use talking to Murdoch. He ain’t listening.

Finally, Canberra is being very quiet about the portfolios of health and education.

Quiet, as far as the Liberal Party goes, and this is not good. We need to be talking about it. Murdoch needs to be talking about it. Everybody needs to be talking about it.

So far, the government has failed to get any of their budget proposals passed. I am not surprised, as when it comes to these two portfolios they are failing miserably to serve the people.

The politicians serve us, not the other way around. A change is long overdue.

I wonder what would happen if all of these minority groups united? Those that I mentioned before: the gays, transgenders, bi-sexuals, refugees, Muslims, First Australian, homeless, unemployed, sick, those facing retirement, those in aged care or a young person looking at going to university. They can unite . . .

Bring on the next election, I can hardly wait. We will all be united.

In the meantime the government will continue to ignore our needs, as will the Murdoch media. They’re only interested in Tony’s scare campaigns. Scare campaigns win elections, so they seem to think

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Australia has a duty of care towards asylum seekers

Australia has a duty of care towards asylum seekers

By Vanessa Kairies

Is Tony really a good Catholic? I often wonder how he sleeps at night, because there is such hypocrisy between his attitude and policies towards asylum seekers and the morals and principles of Catholicism.

He calls people fleeing war and persecution ‘illegal immigrants’. According to the UNHCR, it is legal to seek asylum in Australia, even if you arrive on a boat without a visa. Yes, seeking asylum is a legal right under Australian and international law, and it is against the law for governments to punish asylum seekers no matter how they get here.

Asylum seekers are not breaking the law even if they arrive by boat. For 99 per cent of people who need protection, seeking asylum in another country is their only choice. Resettlement through the UN is only available for a very small group.

Here is one Catholic who thinks differently to Tony Abbott. On Monday, 10th August, Pope Francis branded the rejection of migrants as an ‘act of war.’ Speaking to a youth group, the Pope said the situation where desperate migrants were bounced from country to country seeking shelter was “an unresolved conflict … and this is war, this is violence, it’s called murder”.

‘Murder’. Strong words from the Pope.

Take heed, Tony.

Will Tony make a comeback to disrepute the Pope like that which occurred to Gillian Triggs?

The UNHCR and its reports on Christmas Island, Manus Island and Nauru were so damning to the government that Tony Abbott and George Brandis tried to destroy Triggs. (You can read more about the UNHCR report here).

Nearly 60 million people were forcibly displaced across the world by conflicts in 2014 (either within their own countries, or to other nations as refugees). It is the highest number ever recorded, according to a report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and equivalent to the population of Italy. Driven mainly by the war in Syria, the advance of IS in Iraq and resurgent conflicts in Africa.

Australia is kidding itself if it thinks turning back the boats is going to stop the asylum seekers from seeking refuge in Australia.

Under International law, it is Australia’s duty of care to take these people in, not ship them off to another country where their human rights are abused. The whole out-of mind, out of sight mentality is appalling. The introduction of ‘The border force protection act’ borders on criminal.

Let’s take a look at what happens inside the detention centres that are set up by our government.

Detention centre number one: Christmas Island

In 2001 temporary facilities for asylum seekers were established on Christmas Island.

There have been many reports about the inhumane conditions for the people living in this facility, with documented situations of people sewing their lips together, hungers strikes and severe mental health conditions resulting from incarceration. Self-harm and suicide attempts are common.

On the 26th August 2014, a class action was filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria by law firm Maurice Blackburn on behalf of a six year old girl against the Australian Government, claiming negligence in providing health care for Christmas Island detainees. The girl claims to have developed a dental infection, stammer, separation anxiety and had begun wetting her bed while detained on Christmas Island for over a year. If successful the claim could provide potential redress for over a thousand asylum seekers.

Detention Centre number 2: Nauru

Foreigners continued to govern Nauru until 1968. It was mined for phosphate and the island was eventually depleted of its resources. In a terrible indictment of its own stewardship, the government of Australia declared Nauru uninhabitable and offered to resettle the population on a deserted island off the coast of Queensland.

‘Uninhabitable’, the governments own words. What do they do? Open up another detention centre.

In 2001 the President of Nauru, René Harris, and Australia’s then-Minister for Defence, Peter Reith signed an agreement to establish the ‘prison camp’.

The conditions at the Nauru detention centre were initially described as harsh with only basic health facilities being provided.

In 2002, detainees deplored the water shortages and overcrowded conditions.There were only very limited education services for children.

An overwhelming sense of despair has been repeatedly expressed by detainees because of the uncertainty of their situation and their remoteness from loved ones.There have been multiple cases of self harm, hunger strikes and attempted suicide.

In 2013, a nurse described the detention centre as ‘like a concentration camp’.

In 2015, several staff members from the detention centre wrote an open letter claiming that multiple instances of sexual abuse against women and children had occurred. The letter claimed that the Australian government had been aware of these abuses for over 18 months. This letter added weight to the Moss Review which found it possible that “guards had traded marijuana for sexual favours with asylum seeker children”.

Sydney paediatrician David Isaacs, who worked in Nauru late last year, said “an offshore detention centre was one of the hardest places to protect children, and Australia was failing … The evidence about Nauru is consistently that children are not safe. We have the Moss report to prove it, but the government consistently denies it”.

Detention centre number 3: Manus Island

Same story, different location.

This time, there have been deaths in the complex with one detainee being bashed to death and the other dying from an infection to his foot which was not medically treated.

Three security guards working for Transfield Services, contracted by the Australian government to run the Manus Island asylum seeker detention centre, have been accused of raping a female worker at the centre.

Centre staff hampered the Manus rape investigation, initially refusing to hand over reports on the sexual assault. The three men were then flown away from the country before the police could arrest them.

More asylum seekers have died here than have been resettled.

Detention number number 4: Cambodia

These detention centres have been such a success in the government’s eyes that they have spent millions setting up another detention centre in Cambodia. This one was clouded in secrecy.

One of Abbott’s long-time friend’s and confidants, Australian Jesuit priest Father Mick Kelly, has said:

“The way the Australian cabinet is treating people seeking asylum and those who are subsequently granted refugee status is both against international law and the teaching of the Catholic Church and every other Christian church I know of. Those who call themselves Christians in this cabinet and this Parliament will know, if they are true to themselves and their beliefs, that what they are doing is wrong”.

“I have known Tony Abbott for 35 years; we are friends and share Catholic convictions and allegiance. But I am disappointed and frankly puzzled at this path he has taken. It seems to me to be about not much more than power. The agreement between the Australian government and Cambodia not only rightly offends the ordinary Australian sense of fairness. What could possibly be seen as fair in sending a group of people desperate enough to take their lives in their hands and flee their homeland only to have the people that receive them pack them off to a country known for its abusive treatment of its own citizens?”

I feel dismayed

Last year, when talking about marriage reform, Bill Shorten said this.

“No faith, no religion, no set of beliefs should ever be used as an instrument of division or exclusion”.

“Freedom of worship does not mean freedom to vilify”.

“These prejudices do not reflect the Christian values I believe in”.

“These attitudes send a message that Christianity is incompatible with modern life”.

“The current laws in Australia are discriminatory, and it was time they were changed”.

Bill doesn’t appear to have the same convictions when it comes to the asylum seekers.

I am one of many swinging voters in this country.

The Labor Party have backed the Liberal party policies regarding this issue.

They have lost my vote. They have failed.

There is no longer any division between the two major parties.

I will not be silenced on this and the other atrocities happening in Australia.

Call me a whistleblower, Tony. Lock me up and throw away the key. It is a cause I would happily be jailed for.

Note from author:

For more of my views on the asylum seeker issue, please see my cartoons:

Planet of the Apes

Have a heart

Assassination

The Hypocrite

What does the Australian government want from George Pell?

What do the Pope, George Pell, George Brandis, Tony Abbott and climate change have in common? Quite a lot, suggests Vanessa Kairies.

I have been following the climate change issue for a couple of decades. I thought I had heard it all and seen it all, until now. I was recently having a discussion with a friend who showed me the most disturbing video regarding climate change. One, which I urge all Australians to watch. It is an interview on May 2015 with Professor Peter Wadhams. An eloquent man who has been studying the Arctic and Climate Change for 40 years. He is one of the world’s leading Arctic scientists.

In it he states:

“The volume of ice that remains in the Arctic in Summer is only a quarter of what is was in the 1980’s.”

“If that downward trend continues … then the volume will go on to zero in just a couple of years.”

“We are being very complacent about sea level rise … we ought to be realising that many coastal regions … will have to be abandoned.”

“This will have an enormous impact on the global economy and the lives of people.”

“The disappearance of ice in the Arctic is leading to warmer air masses.”

Obama got it, with the coastal regions of America to be drastically effected. He and most of the world have instigated the change towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions in their countries. They are turning away from fossil fuels in droves.

Last year, Professor Wadhams was among a group of leading climate scientists who gave a presentation to the Pope (and his advisors) about the threat of climate change. It must have had some influence, as in June this year the Pope released his encyclical calling for swift action on climate change in which he said:

“The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”

“Climate change is doing most harm to the poor.”

“A very solid scientific consensus indicates we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system.”

Then the family feud in the Vatican happened when a month later our very own George Pell, Financial Advisor to the Vatican, enstated by the Pope himself, came out with the objection that “the Roman Catholic church had ‘no mandate’ to lay down doctrine on scientific matters“, adding that “the church has no particular expertise in science“.

Personally, when it comes to climate science I prefer to take my advice from the professionals such as Professor Wadhams – people who have dedicated their lives to study and science. The Pope does too.

George, are you being used as a pawn in the game that is Australian politics? More on that later.

Then came the revelation that Pell met secretly with Attorney General George Brandis in May this year, a month before the Pope’s encyclical was released. I wonder what they discussed?

Did George Brandis do a deal asking for George Pell to debunk climate change? Was it an exchange, guaranteeing a more lenient time in the witness box at the upcoming Royal Commission into Child Abuse?

George Pell has made the headlines here in Australia for all the wrong reasons.

In 2004 before the election, Pell met with current Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Shortly thereafter Pell openly attacked the Labor Party’s education policies. Tony Abbott denied that this meeting took place, but later admitted that the meeting had in fact taken place because he had sought religious guidance.

To digress, here is an old favourite of mine . . .

Returning to the Royal Commission, there are a number of questions for Pell when he does appear which may include:

1.Did he try to bribe one of the victims?

2.Did he ignore other victims’ testimonies?

3. What was his involvement in moving serial child sex offender Gerald Ridsdale around to different parishes?

4.How much did he know about Ridsdale’s abuse of children?

5.Was he the priest that witnessed Ridsdale raping a child?

Was the family feud in the Vatican instigated by the Liberal Party and their need to debunk climate change? And if so, might it have been a bit too obvious if Tony Abbott had attended the meeting instead of George Brandis? Given Abbott’s track record, I think so. I’m now waiting for Pell’s statement opposing marriage equality. That one is a given.

According to the the 2011 Australian National Census, there were 5,439,257 Catholics in Australia, representing 25.3% of the population. That’s a big audience. I wonder how many of them vote Liberal? And I wonder how many of them are guided by every word from George Pell?

It’s fairly obvious to me what Canberra is up to . . . and what they want from George Pell, but what is the cost?

Note from author:

Readers are welcome to view my Indigenous artwork on climate change, which I hope you enjoy.

Stop climate change.

The great climate change denial.

The great land grab of 2015 in Australia

The Western Australian ‘Recognition’ is a stitch up, backed by the Abbott Government writes Vanessa Kairies.

It is no coincidence that the Abbott Government has chosen WA as the location for their conference this weekend. With the Canning by-election only a few weeks away the opportunity to do a bit of campaigning and ‘be seen’ could not be missed.

And it is no coincidence that the Aboriginal Recognition Bill progressed through WA Parliament before the Abbott circus comes to town. It progressed without any statewide consultation, which is disturbing given that Tony Abbott for one said he was open to consensus on this matter. It is perfectly clear that he, his government, or the WA Government have no intention of listening or discussing this matter with a major stakeholder – the First Nation people. They only listen or consult with the ‘chosen ones’.

So the great land grab of 2015 is set to continue. Don’t be fooled folks, the ‘Recognise’ campaign is a scam. These latest developments go a long way to proving that.

Western Australia beware. The Liberal Party has diabolical plans for your beautiful state. Did you know there are currently four proposals regarding uranium mining, 40,000 proposals for gas wells and a couple of proposals for new coal mines to add to the mix – all in your back yard? All of the information regarding mining in WA is inside this link. And check out this video regarding the fracking in your state.

But it is not just the Liberal Party who are the political villains. Here is one of the many voices of WA on this issue (courtesy of Boomerang Justice Returns 2) which notes that Labor also ignore consultation. One wonders – as is noted in the video – how politicians such as Labor MP Josie Farrer (who represents the Kimberly Region – just a portion of Western Australia) can assume she is anointed to represent all Aboriginal people through-out Western Australia and able to make a history changing major decisions on behalf them all:

Has MP Josie Farrer traveled through-out the state visiting Aboriginal communities and intensely interacted with ‘grassroots’ people to obtain their feedback and permission with regards to ‘recognition’ in a British Imperialism based ‘colonial constitution?

Many question ‘what desperately required life-changing ‘great miracles’ will occur for Western Australian Aboriginal people once ‘recognition’ is implemented in a deemed hypocrisy-filled ‘colonial constitution’. Numerous Aboriginal people are not familiar with and have no idea of what ‘recognition’ entails within the Australian Governments ‘colonial constitution’ and for these reasons some Aboriginal people are sceptical, confused and oppose ‘colonial recognition’.

It appears MP Farrer is of the ‘dictatorship colonialism Government opinion’ that Aboriginal people have ‘no rights’ to democracy to voice an opinion and ask questions relating to herself and her intentions. One wonders ‘how can any-one righteously assume they withhold the authority to make major decisions on behalf of those who have ‘no idea’ why – this type of conduct should not be expected from those who are in a position of great trust and claiming to be Colonial Government representatives of ‘good faith’ for Aboriginal people’.

Well respected by many, Labor MP Ken Wyatt who supports fellow MP Farrer with regards to ‘colonial constitutional recognition’ stated the following:

 . . . governments had for a long time viewed indigenous people as “less than human”, and needing to be controlled and bullied to the point where it threatened their culture’s existence.

It can be said, it appears Indigenous Government representatives in conjunction with non-Indigenous Government representatives and Government appointed others are treating ‘grassroots’ Indigenous people as ‘less human’ than those who serve and work alongside ‘Colonial Apartheid Governments. It appears also, Indigenous and non-Indigenous Government representatives along with Government appointed others are clearly sending out messages stating ‘grass-roots’ Indigenous people need to be controlled and bullied.

A number of Aboriginal people are also puzzled as to why do they need to be ‘recognised’ on their own thousands of years now ‘stolen’ land, by a mere 226 year old Australian colonised nation and it’s hypocrisy-filled ‘colonial constitution. Furthermore, Aboriginal people are well aware and very familiar with the many deceitful ‘no benefit’ tokenism pacifying gestures coming from self-serving Australian Apartheid Colonial Governments throughout-out colonialism history. According to media reports, Josie Farrer is to be praised. That depends on who benefits and who she is ‘supposedly’ representing, one would assume.

There are other horrendous Indigenous issues of greater magnitude for Government representatives to diligently pursue to address and amend – rather than seemingly tokenism ‘colonial constitution recognition’. The ongoing Deaths in Custody, the out of control Colonialism Apartheid Aboriginal Incarceration, the colonialism repercussion related Aboriginal Community Suicide epidemic sweeping the country and the Forced Closures of WA Communities are just some of the horror Indigenous issues needing urgent attention from the Government.

Furthermore, addressing the issue of Aboriginal peoples thousands of years ‘stolen’ land continues to be ignored and swept under the carpet by those within the Apartheid Colonial Governments – whilst they withhold the audacity to embrace and promote their questionable tokenism ‘colonial constitutional recognition’.

Michael Anderson, Convenor of the Sovereign Union, co-founder of the Aboriginal Embassy and Head of State of the Euahlayi Peoples Republic said:

Anti-Recognise march across Sydney Harbour Bridge I am aware that this is short notice, but important none the less. We need to show how corrupt and evil this Commonwealth government is. In a so-called democratic state such as Australia one would not expect the veil of secrecy now being applied to a so-called public call for a referendum for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution.

Recognition won’t bring justice for Aboriginal people – it’s another pacifying Colonial Government ‘Aboriginal Advancement Scam’.

Yes, the great land grab of 2015 continues.

And before I go, perhaps Joe Hockey would like to answer a few questions in regards to the ‘Recognise’ sponsors who are about to desecrate WA. It seems he declined to be interviewed for this TV interview. Honestly folks, the Liberal Party smells worse that a bag of prawn heads left out in the summer sun.

The con in constitutional reform in Australia

The farce that is the ‘Recognise’ campaign and why there is a push for Australia to become a Republic, by Vanessa Kairies.

Once I started reading about the ‘Recognise’ campaign, I realised that there is a huge con in constitutional reform. It wasn’t hard to find. ‘Recognise’ reads as a promotional tool for the mining companies. There is war of terror happening in this country – terror against the land and against the people. And it was instigated by the Abbott government; the biggest environmental terrorists of them all.

(For those of you that didn’t have a chance to read my first article The biggest scam against Aboriginal Australia you may wish to read before proceeding, and for further information the Guardian’s article on Indigenous Australia’s response to ‘Recognition’).

11206097_10153978246714676_4441347684449139024_nLet’s take a look at some of the sponsors of the ‘Recognise’ campaign and their current activities in Australia.

They are Rio Tinto, BHP, Transfield, Chevron, Woodside, Lendlease and KPMG to name a few.

Some of these also donate to the Liberal and Labor parties.

Is there a conflict of interest?

My word there is. Here is why.

Australia is the world’s largest supply of uranium, and we sit at number three for the world’s top uranium producer, supplying about 30% of the world’s demands. Nuclear power, by the way, emits three times more greenhouse gases than wind power.

11751875_798583296922688_4068890776300096604_nIn March this year, the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission began in South Australia.

It was established as an independent inquiry into South Australia’s future role in the nuclear fuel cycle.

The commissioner is Kevin Scarce, friends with Julie Bishop and former Governor of South Australia. He has no recognisable formal background or training. He does however own shares in uranium miner Rio Tinto, one of the sponsors of ‘Recognise.’ It is hardly an unbiased report.

Renewable energy advocate Matthew Wright accused the Commission as using bias in order to promote the interests of uranium exploration and mining.

Kevin Scarce in the past has said “There would be no opportunity – in my view – without bipartisan support both at state and federal level to make the investment that would be necessary.”

Bi-partisan support just like the ‘Recognise’ campaign. The ‘Recognise’ campaign has cost the donors millions of dollars, I’d say they are vested now.

The Nuclear Industry in Australia would require both State and Federal legislative change to succeed.

George Brandis is working on that now. The government is currently trying to change it. The Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 prohibits certain nuclear actions unless federal approval is obtained.

There have also been proposals to build an international high level nuclear waste dump in Australia, most likely on Aboriginal land. They looked into it in the Northern Territory. Woomera in SA has been suggested by Kevin Scarce. The Nuclear Waste Storage Facility (prohibition) Act 2000 needs to be taken into account: an act to protect the health, safety and welfare of people in SA. I wonder if they will try to change it?

The current SA Labor premier, Jay Weatherill has gone against the Labor platform, which is anti-nuclear and has embraced the nuclear lobbyists. By doing this, he has made the pursuit of nuclear energy bi-partisan. There’s that word again.

In response, ‘Ngoppon together Inc’ (Walking Together Reconciliation Group) wrote a submission for the Royal Commission. I have copied my findings from it.

BHP: A ‘Recognise’ sponsor

BHP owns the SA Roxby Downs/Olympic dam uranium mine and have recently put in a proposal to expand. This included:

  • the rezoning of land to allow Roxby Downs township to expand
  • the establishment of a new temporary workers’ village for up to 10,000 people
  • the establishment of a new airport.

The planned expansion is currently delayed.

BHP Billiton is intending to use an incredible 250 million litres of water a day.

This was to be provided from the desert state’s water and leave a 44 sq kilometre mountain range of 76 million tonnes of radio-active waste uncovered, to be blown about by the fierce spring winds of the SA desert. This would also have used one quarter of South Australia’s electricity. The article goes on to talk about the health problems local communities could face if this proposal is approved. The full submission is in the link below.

Then I read an article from 2014. What a revelation it was. Again word for word from the article below.

The Energy Policy Institute of Australia (EPI) suggested in its formal submission to the Energy White Paper, that small modular reactors (SMRs) are particularly suitable for use in mines and towns in remote locations around Australia. What is the Energy White Paper? It is an overview of the Australian Governments vision for the energy sector. Well, you have to read it to believe it. What a joke. The link is below. http://ewp.industry.gov.au/ The BHP-funded Grattan Institute’s submission envisages a string of these little nuclear reactors, connected to the grid. Keith Orchison reports on the Grattan Institute submission: ‘The Abbott government is being told that now is the time to flick the switch to “technology neutral,” opening the way for nuclear options.’ It also goes on to talk about nuclear storage dumps. Funded by BHP, a ‘Recognise’ sponsor.

This article shows that the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission reports are misleading.

RIO TINTO: A ‘Recognise’ sponsor

The Ranger uranium mine has generated over 30 million tonnes of liquid tailings waste. Rio Tinto subsidiary Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) runs Ranger. Ranger is in the NT and is surrounded by Kakadu National Park. In 2005, ERA was found guilty and fined for a contamination incident in March 2004 where 150 people were exposed to drinking water containing uranium levels 400 times greater than the maximum Australian safety standard. Twenty-eight mine workers suffered adverse health effects including vomiting and skin irritation as a result

CHEVRON: A ‘Recognise’ sponsor

Chevron is the largest holder of untapped natural gas resources in Australia. For 30 years Chevron has been a joint venture participant producing natural gas for domestic use with partners in the nation’s biggest operational LNG project to date, the North West Shelf Venture (NWSV). For 25 years, the NWSV has been exporting LNG to international customers in the Asia-Pacific region. They are now developing the Gorgon Project, an LNG and domestic gas joint venture based in the Greater Gorgon gas fields off Western Australia’s Pilbara Coast, which contain more than 40 trillion cubic feet of gas, or 25 per cent of Australia’s total known gas resources. They also are developing their majority-owned and operated Wheatstone Project as an LNG and domestic gas operation near Onslow on the mainland of Western Australia. They also run a program to explore offshore opportunities and operate Australia’s largest onshore oil operation at Barrow Island in Australia’s north-west region.

SODEXO: A ‘Recognise’ sponsor

Sodexo is a company that offers camp construction, transport, logistics and waste management for remote mining sites. Sodexo offers the following products and services to the mining sector: Camp construction, camp operation and maintenance, mechanical and electrical maintenance, utilities management procurement,logistics,transportation services, waste management (removal and disposal) and welfare.

TRANSFIELD: A ‘Recognise’ sponsor

Easternwell a subsidiary of Transfield Services has been awarded a new Drilling Services Agreement with Roy Hill Iron Ore. Transfield Services, holds a $2bn contract for operational,maintenance and welfare services on Manus Island and Nauru. They have appeared before the Senate inquiry for public hearings. Three senior officers, were unable to answer a series of questions about the serious allegations raised at the centre, instead opting to take most questions on notice.

LENDLEASE: A ‘Recognise’ sponsor

Lend Lease’s Services business is a specialist maintenance and asset management contractor, providing services to the roads, water, power, telecommunications and industrial and resources sectors. With around 3,500 employees, the Services business has operations in every Australian state. Additionally, i.Power Solutions range of energy, control and power distribution products are installed at mining, utility and industrial sites throughout Australia.

KPMG: A ‘Recognise’ sponsor

KPMG member firms provide professional services to 80 percent of 50 Oil & Gas companies in the Forbes 1000. 78 percent of Oil & Gas companies in the FT Global 500. 74 percent of the largest Oil & Gas companies in the Fortune Global 500. Source: KPMG number of offices and country listing and headcount, Global Finance Team, 2013.

WOODSIDE: A ‘Recognise’ sponsor

Woodside hold a significant number of exploration permits offshore in Western Australia in the Browse and Offshore Canning Basins, the Exmouth Plateau and the Beagle, Dampier and Exmouth Sub-Basins. They are maintaining a program of exploration drilling in offshore Western Australia to build their gas volumes and maximise the value of their Australian assets, with recent discoveries in the Pyxis-1 well in the Dampier Sub-Basin and the Toro-1 well in the Exmouth Sub-Basin. They continue preliminary interpretation of the Fortuna 3D marine seismic survey (4,050 km2) which was completed in May 2014, providing the foundation for future North West Shelf exploration and appraisal programs.

In 2012 Australia created the world’s largest network of marine sanctuaries, protecting our marine life and way of life.

The Abbott Government has suspended our national network of sanctuaries, despite ten years of science and overwhelming community support (including from the majority of fishers).

National icons like the Kimberley, Geographe Bay, Perth Canyon, the Coral Sea, Lord Howe Island and the Great Australian Bight are all at risk.

URANIUM MINING

Here are four proposals for uranium mines, currently underway in WA. Wiluna – Lake Way/Centipede (conditional approval) + Lake Maitland/Millipede (scoping phase) Kintyre (under assessment) Mulga Rock (scoping phase) Yeelirrie (pre- scoping)

KINTYRE URANIUM MINE, WA: The Martu people oppose the building of the Kintyre uranium mine in Western Australia. The WA State Governments proposed uranium mine and its inevitable environmental damage, is causing extreme social disharmony in remote communities. Martu country extends over 15 million hectares of the Western Desert encompassing the Gibson, Great Sandy and the Little Sandy Deserts. The traditional owners have lived here for up to 60,000 years. In 1985, Rio Tinto discovered uranium 60km south of Telfer. Since 2008, the site, known as the Kintyre uranium deposit, has been owned by Cameco and Mitsubishi Development. In March, WA Minister for the Environment, Albert Jacob conditionally approved mining activities on the site. This plan to mine uranium comes on the heels of WA Premier Colin Barnett and Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying they will close 150 Aboriginal communities.

WILUNA URANIUM MINE, WA: Toro Energy Limited (Toro) proposes to extend the Wiluna Uranium Project located near Wiluna, Western Australia. Following an assessment by the EPA (EPA Assessment 1819) and EPA Report 1437, the Western Australian Minister for Environment gave Toro approval in October 2012 to construct and operate a uranium mine consisting of two deposits, Centipede and Lake Way, respectively located approximately 30 kilometres south and 15 kilometres southeast of Wiluna (Ministerial Statement No: 913). The Federal Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities also approved that proposal (EPBC 2009/5174) in April 2013. Since initiating assessment of that proposal, Toro has acquired two additional deposits, Millipede, also approximately 30 kilometres south of Wiluna, and Lake Maitland, 105 kilometres southeast of Wiluna, and proposes to integrate those deposits into an extended Wiluna Uranium Project. Ore from Millipede and Lake Maitland would be processed at the same plant as ore from Centipede and Lake Way. The capacity of the processing plant already approved in EPA Assessment 1819 and EPBC 2009/5174 would not increase under this proposal to extend the Wiluna Uranium Project. The plant’s operating life would double to beyond 20 years, the period during which sequential mining would be undertaken at the Centipede, Millipede, Lake Maitland and Lake Way deposits. During that period, the operation would produce up to 1200 tonnes per annum of uranium oxide concentrate. Construction and pre-mining are scheduled to begin at Centipede in late 2016 and at Millipede at the same time, subject to government approval and market conditions.

MULGA ROCKS URANIUM MINE, WA: Proposal: The mine would have a 15 year life cycle with nine open pits (mine voids,) 14 waste rock piles, in pit storage of radioactive mine waste – unclear if this will be one pit or 9 pits. Land Clearing would be 2,000 ha. The mine would use 9.5 million Litres of water per day and produce 1390 tonnes of uranium a year (total approx. 20,000 tonnes).

YEELIRRIE URANIUM MINE, WA: The Yeelirrie uranium proposal was referred to the WA Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in November 2014 by Canadian uranium miner Cameco. Cameco want to double the rate of production that was proposed by BHP Billiton, this means increasing water demand, increased number of trucks from Yeelirrie to Port Adelaide. The open pit would be 9km long and 1.5 km wide and 10 m deep and have 14 million tonnes of overburden. 7,500 tonnes per year of Uranium Oxide would be produced. 11.1 Million Litres of water a day would be used. 4 road trains a week as traffic. The mine would create 126,000 tonnes per year of Co2 emission. Tailings will be stored in the open pit – tailing on average contain 80% of the radioactivity of the ore Clearing of 2089 Ha of land. 17 -19 years life cycle. (2 years construction – 15 – 17 years mining and production) Highly variable work force – for the majority of the life of the mine the workforce will be between 225 and 300. A 9km stretch of open pit mining of a radioactive mineral in a highly mobile calcrete form in a region with high winds and the frequent occurrence of dust storms means significant public health risks and a high level of public interest.

OIL AND GAS MINING IN WA: There are some of the other mining interests in remote North Western Australia, this time for oil and gas. The land grab is on.

These interests sit on the Canning Basin. Covering some 530,000 square kilometres, the Canning Basin is the largest sedimentary basin in Western Australia extending almost to Port Hedland in the west and Fitzroy Crossing in the east. To the north is Derby and the Dampier Peninsular, and the Basin extends about a thousand kilometres south west of Broome. About a hundred thousand square kilometres of the Canning Basin is under the sea to the west of Broome.

Rey has a 25% interest in two highly prospective Canning Basin petroleum permits known as the ‘Fitzroy Blocks’ (EP457 and EP458). These interests are held in joint venture with Buru Energy Limited (Buru) and Diamond Resources (Fitzroy) Ltd a subsidiary of the global company Mitsubishi.

Members on the Board of Directors of Buru Energy previously worked for Woodside Energy Ltd and APEAA along with many other companies. Their contacts in the industry are immense. The Hon. Mr Peter Jones AM, also on the board of directors was a member of the Western Australian Parliament from 1974 to 1986 during which time he served as the Minister for Resources Development, Mines, Fuel and Energy. He has served as a Member of the West Australian Legislative Assembly and was a Minister of the Crown. He has connections to politicians.

FRACKING: In WA, the fracking industry is currently active and unregulated. Shale gas fracking in Western Australia could pollute the groundwater with toxic chemicals and threaten the health of the community. There could soon be thousands of fracking wells across iconic areas of WA, like the Kimberley, Ningaloo and farmland and wildflower country in the Mid West. Fracking will change these landscapes forever. Under state legislation, landowners can’t say ‘no’ if a gas fracking company wants to drill on their land. Farms, native title land, and national parks are all up for grabs.

COLLIE MINE PROPOSAL, WA: The proposed massive expansion of the Collie coal mine would take it from 4 Million Tonnes of coal per year (mostly used for domestic electricity), to up to as high as 20 Million Tonnes per year. This new production will be sold internationally and will be the first time that WA will be the home to a major coal export industry. Western Australia wants to be part of the solution to climate change, not to add fuel to the fire.

KIMBERLEY, FITZROY RIVER VALLEY, WA: Extensive coal tenements are being explored by Australia’s Rey Resources in the West Kimberley. These proposed coal mines are on the traditional lands of the Nyikina-Mangala people adjacent to the Fitzroy River. The river is sacred and culturally significant to a number of traditional owners groups.

Rey Resources plans to establish large-scale coal mining operations in the area and in May 2009 announced their intention to commence pre-feasibility studies for development of the estimated 500 million tonne (Mt) Duchess-Paradise coal reserves in the Canning basin.

Rey Resources propose to export 2 Mt (metric tonne) per annum of thermal coal to India through the existing port in Derby. However a proposed coal terminal at Point Torment would enable exports to rise to 6 Mtpa (metric tonne per annum) in the medium term and 10Mtpa in the longer term. Rey Resources propose to mine the coal using both open cut surface mining and high wall mining. If allowed to proceed this mine would displace hundreds of millions of tonnes of soil and waste rock. Even if the company backfills the open cut pits with waste rock, the potential for landscape collapse and alteration to groundwater flow patterns will still exist.

Water extraction from the Fitzroy river is likely to skyrocket because coal mines require the use of very large amounts of water. Add to this the increase in dust, pollution, noise, and traffic along the Great Western highway, and the impact will be felt across the Kimberley region.

We also have the new fleets of submarines which are still out to tenure. I wonder if the proposed submarines are nuclear propelled? The design is yet to be selected and we will find that out at the end of the year.

These are the acts (refer to the Constitutional framework for the regulation of the Australian Uranium Industry) that have been passed over the years. Changes to the Constitution could affect these, depending on the government’s agenda.

Tony Abbott supports nuclear power for Australia. In 2013, the Liberal party led by Tony Abbott gained power and re-opened discussions about the future of nuclear power in Australia. Several current members of the Abbott government have openly advocated for the consideration or nuclear power development, including foreign minister Julie Bishop.

There are a few questions that the politicians need to answer.

The first questions are to Bill Shorten. Bill, is the Labor Party intending to pursue nuclear energy in the future? Is the Labor Party planning to approve fracking? It appears the answer to the pursuit of nuclear energy is yes. That would give nuclear energy bi-partisan support.

The next question is to both the Liberal and Labor parties. Why did you lock out the Greens from the initial referendum into constitutional change? I’d say that the truth of the ‘Recognise’ campaign wouldn’t have sat well with them.

The final questions are for the Senator Richard Di Natale and all of the Greens senators. Will the Greens representatives still support the ‘Recognise’ campaign when it is intended as a land grab for new mining ventures? It goes against all of your policies. Will the Greens call a Royal commission into the ‘Recognise’ Campaign? It is long overdue.

11836721_902525666503059_8432122393627626196_nThere are serious Human Rights being abused around the country. The government has planned its way around that. After Abbott and Brandis’s attack on Gillian Triggs, the government appointed one of their own. Tim Wilson is now the Human Rights Commissioner. He spoke at a Liberal Party cocktail function with cheques payable to the Liberal Party. This seems to have gone unnoticed. He was promised Gillian’s job before she had left.

It is another way of silencing people. It was all part of the grand plan. Heaven forbid, if she was allowed to stick around and report on the happenings of today.

This is what Gillian Triggs thought of intervention in the NT.

George Brandis, the man responsible for the attack on Gillian, has appointed a new part-time commissioner of the The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). Emeritus Professor Anura Surindra (Suri) Ratnapala is now part-time Commissioner until the conclusion of the review of Commonwealth Laws for Consistency with Traditional Rights, Freedoms and Privileges. Another person who has no understanding of culture. The interim report is out, it is in the link below, as well as the native title reform.

Another recent event is the attempt to change the Environmental Protection and Bio diversity Conservation Act. George Brandis quotes: “The Government has decided to protect Australian jobs by removing from the Environment Protection and Bio diversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) the provision that allows radical green activists to engage in vigilante litigation to stop important economic projects,” Protecting Australian jobs, nice try George. Important economic projects, at the expense of the environment. Haven’t you heard George? No-one’s buying our coal anymore. This has come on the back of the Carmichael mine being rejected. Abbott is claiming green groups were using the law to “sabotage” the coal industry. So they should, perhaps the government is concerned about the climate litigation that has commenced. It worked in the Netherlands. It will work here too. It’s another attempt to shut down the voice of Australia. You can read all about it in here.

It is all one big stitch up. The Liberal party has moved beyond being far-right to being Fascists. Here is the definition for the nay-sayers. Fascism:an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization. (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.

Intolerant alright, to the Australian people and to the asylum seekers.

As far as the political parties go, The Greens are the best aligned to protecting the culture and the people from persecution. They need education and fast. People need to see them come out publicly and make a stand against the ‘Recognise’ campaign. We have and are going, to continually watch communities close and the land desecrated bit by bit. It is not going to happen all at once, that would be too obvious. Situations can be fought one by one, or people can unite to put the party in power, that may be able to overhaul the whole political system. It is desperately needed. You don’t hear much about the Greens in the media, thanks to funding restrictions and to Murdoch. They don’t receive the dodgy donations to run their campaigns like the others do. Give them the funding and see what happens. A vote for the greens is not a wasted vote, I’ve heard it all from the supporters of the Labs and the Libs. Besides, I can’t support a party that backs the Liberal’s policies on the asylum seekers. Are you listening Labor? Read the Green’s policies, you will be surprised and inspired by the possibilities of what Australia could become. Mention this in the public arena and you’ll get hammered. Humanity is afraid of change. It is a normal psychological behaviour. I am more afraid of what is going to happen if there is no change. What sort of country do you want to live in? Political apathy is killing our country. The Greens have never been in power, it’s time we gave them a go. Nothing could be worse than the way it is now.

I believe the forced closures of 150 communities is now a matter for the International community. There is no-one left In Australia that can or is prepared to help. The UN and the ICC need to be called in. The violation of human rights reported. The Queen needs to be notified and the advice from the crown all those years ago honoured.

11781661_10154371409493868_7073652732530336102_nThe politicians don’t seem to care that homes and culture will be destroyed and people will be forced to live somewhere else. They have no understanding of how the culture works. I wonder how the politicians would react, if their churches were taken over, if they were forced from their family homes, if they were arrested when they tried to protest. I am sure they wouldn’t behave in the same peaceful and dignified manner that the First Nations folk do. It is a consistent series of taking with nothing being given back in return. The trust has been broken time and time again. The promises are never kept or they are broken with no serious commitment to anything that will be beneficial. It has gone past the point of discussion. It was never an issue to be politicised. The lores and culture were ignored. Everyone knew them, they were respected. If they were broken, there was punishment. The tribes survived this way for thousands of years. The first settlers bought the politics with them.

I look at the case of Adani, at their proposal for the Carmichael mine. Mention the Great Barrier Reef and people were outraged. How many were aware, that the proposed mine, was going to destroy the ancestral home of the Wangan and Jagalingou people?

The population in the 150 communities to be closed are small, Australia needs to rally behind them and help. Here are a couple of petitions you can sign. Spread the word folks, get that bush telegraph working.

Australia’s attitude needs to change too. This article on The AIMN sums it up perfectly.

I am not a journalist. I worked in the production of television news and currents affairs for twenty years. I have seen things that the public don’t get to see as a result. I’ve followed politics for most of my life. I am an artist seeking answers to questions that the government refuses to answer. I started a series of cartoons to release my anger at the state that Australia is in. They became the hub for my research and media reports. Most portfolios are covered. Inside each one, in the previous comments, is where I store the information I have discovered. I have read it all. I know who I will be voting for from doing this. That was the intention. I am now trying my hand at writing and have been fortunate enough to have the support of The AIMN and others. I know how the media operates in this country. I have had first hand experience in being told what you can and can not put to air and why. It is for this reason I contacted the independent media sites. Ones that Rupert Murdoch has no interest in.

Australia has become stuck in its ways, we are moving backwards, not forwards. Before you criticise, open up these links, read it all, know what I know and you too, will feel heartbroken for our country.

Here are the cartoon folders with all of the information inside them.