In recent years, there has been the emergence of a career path in the Labor Party that runs from the union movement to political office. Then, after office, to lobbyist and company director.
Of the 23 key lobbyists in the five mainland states in 2010, 17 had connections to the Labor Party. In a reflection of cross-party unity in NSW, 134 of the 272 officially registered individual lobbyists are former MPs or ministerial staffers.
Groups in Australia have claimed for several years that low-frequency noise and inaudible sound levels from wind farms have affected people’s health by causing sleep disturbance, headaches, tinnitus, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, fast heart rate, poor concentration and episodes of panic.
In 2011, the Victorian Liberal government used these claims to place a ban on windfarms being built within two kilometres of residential areas.
Is there any basis to these claims?
Support WikiLeaks and Assange Coalition released this statement on July 31.
The conviction of US Private First Class Bradley Manning for 19 offences, including five counts of espionage, is a travesty of justice.
Manning is not a spy who betrayed his country, but a courageous whistleblower who acted on his conscience when he leaked US government documents to WikiLeaks.
He should have been commended, not prosecuted, for revealing evidence of war crimes, human rights abuses and corruption.
US military lead prosecutor Major Ashden Fein summed up his case against Bradley Manning for "aiding the enemy" with these chilling words: "He was not a troubled young soul. He was a determined soldier with the knowledge, ability and desire to harm the United States in its war effort.
"Your honor, he was not a whistleblower, he was traitor."
We totally disagree.
Manning witnessed a terrible crime and he reported it to the people of the world using the most effective available news medium — WikiLeaks.
The mainstream press has focused on the decision of the judge in the military courts-martial of Bradley Manning to find him not guilty of “aiding the enemy”.
However, judge Denise Lind's conviction of of the whistleblower who exposed war crimes for 20 other charges amounts to a full-scale assault on democratic rights.
The courts-martial now enters the sentencing phase. Manning faces a maximum of 136 years behind bars.
Whatever the final sentence is, it is widely believed it will be decades in the military stockade.
1981 H Block Hunger Strike - Perth commemoration. Special guest: Bridie Higgins. Intiga/6PR Stadium, cnr Walter Rd & Eighth Ave, Inglewood.
Proceeds to Irish societies in Perth.
Ph Dean 0415 534 204 to book.Event date: Sat, 10/08/2013 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm Event time: Sat, 10/08/2013 - 7:30pm
Public forum featuring:
Diesel particulates Dr George Crisp (Doctors for the Environment)
Noise pollution Shane Chambers (Acoustic Physicist UWA)
Road Trauma Barry Healy (Fremantle Road2Rail)
A panel of politicians including Scott Ludlam and Sam Wainwright will respond to the speakers. Victoria Hall, 179 High St. Fremantle.Event date: Sat, 17/08/2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm Event time: Sat, 17/08/2013 - 4:00pm
The UWA Student Guild would like to give all students an opportunity to discuss education issues and the future of higher education.
This year the government announced $2.3 billion of cuts to higher education. This will effect all students and staff, compromising the quality and diversity of our education. Arts Lecture Room 4, UWAEvent date: Tue, 13/08/2013 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm Event time: Tue, 13/08/2013 - 1:00pm
Join 350 Perth, AYCC and other groups as we share skills learned from Global Power Shift, Australian Power Shift, and swap them for skills you've gained over your years of campaigning. 41 Oxford Close, West Leederville.Event date: Thu, 08/08/2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm Event time: Thu, 08/08/2013 - 6:00pm