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Breana Macpherson-Rice on the recent UNSW Flood the Campus action

Flood the Campus last week saw students from 7 university divestment campaigns across Australia take escalatory action in order to send a strong message to their uni to stop funding climate change. The fossil free uni groups are asking their uni to divest the millions of dollars they have currently invested in the fossil fuel […]

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In the Shadow of Gallipoli: The hidden history of Australia in WWI – Robert Bollard

Anzac Day grows more sinister with each passing year. Once a dead letter of a day, ignored by most Australians, it grew spectacularly under the reign of John Winston Howard, and reached its apex of misplaced jingoism and ‘national pride’ in last year’s centenary of the Gallipoli landings. To discuss exactly why the day has […]

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Natalie Banks on the #ProtectProtestWA rally

The Barnett Government is trying to push through legislation to curtail our right to protest. They want to make it an offence to carry a “thing” with the ‘presumed’ intention of impeding lawful activity. This incredibly vague wording has horrible implications for anybody fighting for what’s right in Western Australia. Read it here: www.parliament.wa.gov.au/Parliament/B…ill114-1.pdf As […]

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Pro-Palestinian activists shut down Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems, on anniversary of Israel’s ‘Protective Edge’ assault on GAZA

At 8am members of the Melbourne Palestine Action Coalition (MPAC) shut down the headquarters of Israeli arms manufacturer, ELBIT SYSTEMS, at 235 Ingles St Port Melbourne to mark the first anniversary of the 2014 Israeli ‘Protective Edge’ assault on Gaza. The group have blockaded access to the building and currently have two people locked on […]

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Simone Van Hattem with the latest on the Protect Peaceful Protest campaign in WA

Simone Van Hattem with the latest on the Protect Peaceful Protest campaign in WA, a group concerned with legislation the Barnett government is attempting to push through parliament that would criminalise protest. “We are concerned that the punishments defined in the bill, up to $24000 or 24 months’ imprisonment, will act as a deterrent to […]

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Tammy Solonec on Amnesty report finding Aboriginal youths 24 times more likely to be in detention

Tammy Solonec Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Manager at Amnesty International Australia speaks with us about their new report which finds Aboriginal youths are 24 times more likely to be in detention. The report is available from the following link – www.amnesty.org.au/images/uploads/…onal_report.pdf

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Ben Pennings on Beyond Green’s recent stunt highlighting banks’ dodgy support for mining companies

Earlier this month, a group of animals, including a grumpy koala, marched into an ANZ bank in Sydney to ask for a home loan, since their current habitat is under threat from Maules Creek mine, which ANZ is funding. The stunt was organized by Beyond Green to highlight banks’ dodgy support for mining companies, and […]

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Alison Broinowski on the Australians for War Powers Reform initiative – 11 May 2014

Former Australian diplomat and academic Alison Broinowski on the Australians for War Powers Reform initiative as part of the ongoing project of the Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry, established in 2012. The initiative is one from prominent Australians who believe that the decision to commit the Australian Defence Force to international armed conflict should […]

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Sam Cook of SOS Blak Australia on protests against remote community closures – 4th May 2015

In the wake of seven weeks of global protest against the closure of remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, we spoke to organiser Sam Cook, from SOS Blak Australia, about the significance of the movement.

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“No jab no pay” a discussion with Ura Auckland on the Abbott government’s authoritarian new vaccination policy

The “No jab no pay” plan to withhold payments of child-care and family tax benefits for unvaccinated children could cost non-compliant parents up to A$15,000 a year in childcare and welfare benefits. Perth Indymedia speaks with Ura Auckland, previously commercial executive in medical science and author of viral blog piece A call for Pro-truth to replace […]

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Robin Taubenfeld of BrisCAN-G20 on the G20 actions of a Peoples Convergence and March

Robin Taubenfeld of BrisCAN-G20 on their Peoples Convergence and March opposing the upcoming G20 in Brisbane. “BrisCAN-G20 is a broad network of groups concerned about the social and ecological impacts of the G20. Included in these are concerns about the immediate repercussions of hosting the G20 in our region – such as the current diminishing of civil […]

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Blogger and activist Andy “Slackbastard” Fleming on the infiltration of activist groups

With recent revelations mining company Idemitsu contracted spies to infiltrate protesters opposed to the expansion of coal at Maules Creek we speak to blogger and activist “Slackbastard” Andy Fleming about the history of this kind of strategy.

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March in May organiser Alex Bainbridge on the weekend’s marches

The release last week of a budget which breaks almost every Liberal election promise, prompted strong opposition on the streets of our major cities. We spoke to Perth March in May organiser Alex Bainbridge about the march itself, and plans for future organising.

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