Sunday, 31 May 2009
Saturday, 30 May 2009
Friday, 29 May 2009
It's not every day we get to turn our online movement into one with real world presence. What if you could get together face-to-face with other GetUp members near you to help advance a whole host of your shared concerns with just one piece of legislation?
The Government is currently canvassing community opinion on whether Australia should formally protect our human rights - so we're inviting you to host a GetTogether in your neighbourhood on June 11th, to make sure your community's voice is heard in this historic consultation.
It's your chance to create change from the grassroots up - while meeting others who share your concerns and your postcode:
Some powerful voices in Government are hoping there's no community interest in protecting human rights - but we already know that's not the case.We know of hundreds of Australians who've been turned away from the official Consultations around the nation because they were full.
We don't think that any Australian should miss out from having their say - that's why we want you to host your own. If you missed out on the official consultations, went but had more to say, or just want to work for grassroots change in your community - this is your opportunity.
It's fun and easy - we'll provide you with everything you need on the night (even the guests!). All we need from you is to pick a venue (a local cafe, library, or your living room) and sign up now:
Our rights are not an abstract concept - they're about our everyday lives; education; health; climate change and water. Likewise, the GetUp movement is not an abstract concept either - we're real people, in towns and cities around the nation, willing to work together for change.
That's a powerful thing, and we have a unique opportunity to use it - by pushing our Government to join the rest of the democratic world with legislation to protect our rights. Your GetTogether will be tasked with creating a submission to tell them exactly what you want that to look like.
Thousands of Australians will be lining up to take part on June 11 - but first we need you to host an event for them to come to.
Thanks for being a part of history,
The GetUp team
PS - Thousands of Australians have already taken part in our GetTogethers over the last couple of years - and found them a great experience... Check out ourGetTogether page to find out more.
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Currently, I am listening to the man from the Australian Landfill Owners Association who is also the Sustainability Manager for Veolia. Interesting, huh?
When small family farmers are living on their land without working it or walking away from their land after selling water allocations to the neighbours and their land for next to nothing; when small corporates are assessing their situation, Twynam's decision to rethink irrigated agriculture is significant.The group is selling its entitlements in its strategy to move from irrigated agriculture to more dry-land farming.
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Further to the recent post on Lake Cowal and Barricks Gold, Steve has written to me with some interesting information. He writes:
On the 27 May 2000 national leaders gathered for the 'Corroboree 2000: Sharing our Future' ceremony at the Sydney Opera House-marking the end of the ten year 'Process of Reconciliation' which had begun with the establishment of the Council for Reconciliation in 1990, and marked the release of the Council's Australian Declaration Towards Reconciliation and Roadmap for Reconciliation. And, dear Reader, your Miss Eagle was there.
On the next day over 250 000 people - and, dear Reader, your Miss Eagle was one of them - joined the Walk for Reconciliation across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and many others joined in on walks and events in other cities. Each year since, the week has featured activities across the country.
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Tuesday, 26 May 2009
In that great network of Water Worriers and Warriors to which I belong, I learn lots of stuff - not least is the geography of my own country.
In the email box to-day is a note from my friend in Picton. She had wanted me to come to the Rivers SOS gathering there at the weekend and I seriously considered it. How wonderful to see her and network with those wonderful activists. In the end, I couldn't do it. I was up to my eyeballs in environmental human rights. But here's the note:
At our Rivers SOS weekend we had the pleasure of the company of Uncle Chappy Williams, Wiradjuri elder from the Save Lake Cowal group. The Canadian mulitinational Barrick Gold is spewing cyanide into the lake, near Forbes. Chappy and co. hold a protest every Easter, last March some student supporters were arrested for invading the mine site. Thought you would be interested!Well, I haven't rushed back to reply. Did not want to display my ignorance. Off to Google Maps and there is Lake Cowal dead bang set in the middle of New South Wales, the Premier State. And the lineup of Google searches clicked into place right behind with campaign related sites ! Thank you, Google.
The success of Barrick’s Cowal Gold Mine, located in New South Wales (NWS) [sic], Australia can be attributed to a strong sense of responsibility to the community and the environment. Upon acquiring the undeveloped Cowal project from Homestake in 2001, Barrick recognized the importance of maintaining the support of the community and investing back into the region. To address this need, the Company embarked on an extensive program of community engagement, beginning during the project’s earliest days. During this process, Barrick gained a clear understanding of the interests of the farmers and other residents located in the communities around Lake Cowal, as well as members of the Wiradjuri indigenous community.