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Will Potter, Activism Is NOT Terrorism

We’re joined by independent journalist Will Potter from greenisthenewred.com. He discusses: what ‘green is the new red’ refers to (linking the previous “red scare” about communism to the current “green scare” about animal and environmental activists), the way repressive laws target both militant and moderate activists, and the ways these laws are creeping into Australia […]

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Marcus Hampson on the 8000 Rohingyan asylum seekers stranded in the Malacca Straits – 18th May 2015

Marcus Hampson from the Refugee Rights Action Network of WA (RRAN) on the 8000 Rohingyan asylum seekers stranded in the Malacca Straits. Having spent up to 3 months on boats being turned away form Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, up to 8000 Rohingyan asylum seekers are now stranded in the Malacca Straits. 200 are already dead […]

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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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Turbans and Trust co-founder Harjit Singh on the recent interfaith ceremony in the wake of the Sydney siege

We speak with Turbans and Trust co-founder and Perth Sikh community leader Harjit Singh on the recent interfaith ceremony in the wake of the Sydney siege in solidarity with the Muslim community and in remembrance of lives lost. Check out http://www.turbansandtrust.com/

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Refugee Rights Action Network’s Victoria Martin on their recent blockade to prevent a baby and her family being removed to Nauru

From a RRAN press release… “The six-month old baby girl is one of 25 babies, born to asylum seeker mothers in Australia, now at risk of removal to Nauru following the Asylum Caseload Legacy Bill becoming law. The move to uproot the family from Perth, where the parents have immediate family members reveals the complete cynicism […]

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“Director of Autonomy” of loomio.org’s Richard Bartlett on the recent ‘pre-release’ of Loomio 1.0.

We speak with “Director of Autonomy” of loomio.org’s Richard Bartlett on the recent ‘pre-release’ of Loomio 1.0. Loomio is an easy to use online tool for group decision-making which emerged from Occupy in New Zealand. It allows dispersed groups to reach decisions quickly and take constructive action. Activist groups, community groups, businesses and government around the world […]

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Revolutionary Kurds Resist ISIL

Andy Fleming argues against the comparisons between ISIL and 19th century anarchists that were recently made on the ABC, as well as explaining the anarchist ideology of some of those resisting ISIL. You can read his article on these issues here: https://newmatilda.com/2014/10/21/defence-anarchism-tearing-down-links-butchers-isil You can also check out his website slackbastard.anarchobase.com, like his Facebook page and follow him […]

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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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Independent filmmaker Aaron Fernandes on the conditions at the Manus Island refugee detention centre

Aaron Fernades traveled to the remote Manus Island in Papua New Guinea earlier this year to investigate Australia’s controversial detention policy and the lives it continues to affect. The result was an independent documentary produced for Al Jazeera. Indymedia spoke to Aaron to find out what exactly the conditions were like at the Manus Island […]

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Maile Shanti on her crowdfunded new feminist magazine “Accidental Discharge”

Maile Shanti is a final year student at the Steiner high school in Perth with an inspiring project for young women as part of her assessment requirements.  She is crowndfunding a magazine seeking to inspire others with a “message of equality to the world, that will allow the voices of women to be heard and be […]

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Lewis Todman from Socialist Alternative about an incident at the University of WA in which uni authorities tore down a poster advertising a meeting on the Gaza bombardment

We speak to Lewis Todman from Socialist Alternative about an incident at the University of WA in which uni authorities tore down a poster advertising a meeting on the Gaza bombardment, plus another advertising a BBQ in support of Palestinians.

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Jon Lawrence Executive Officer of Electronic Frontiers Australia about the Abbott government’s proposed fast tracking of a mandatory data retention scheme

We speak with Jon Lawrence Executive Officer of Electronic Frontiers Australia about the Abbott government’s proposed fast tracking of a mandatory data retention scheme on the pretence of a ‘rising threat of home grown terrorism’. We also speak with him about proposed (and likely connected) “reforms” to the Copyright Act.

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Jane Green and Cameron Cox argue that decriminalisation leads to the best outcomes for sex workers

Advocates for the Nordic Model for sex work argue that this approach does not target sex workers themselves, only their clients. However, Jane Green and Cameron Cox dispute these claims and argue that it is decriminalisation that leads to the best outcomes for sex workers. Jane Green is a sex worker who is on the […]

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Naama Blatman-Thomas and Mark Thomas discuss how you can take action against the Occupation of Palestine focused on the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) campaign

Naama Blatman-Thomas and Mark Thomas discuss how you can take action against the Occupation of Palestine, focused on the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. You can find out more information about the BDS campaign at http://pacbi.org/ Naama Blatman-Thomas is a PhD candidate from Israel who has done field work with Palestinian groups in Karmiel […]

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Jonathan Moylan NSW-based anti-coal activist on his activism and recent escape from a jail sentence for his fake press release

Jonathan Moylan, the NSW-based anti-coal activist who caused a sensation last year by briefly wiping $314 million off Whitehaven Coal’s share price via a fake press release, recently escaped a jail sentence for his breach of corporate law. The Indymedia Show caught up with him to discuss the significance of the case, as well as […]

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Extended interview: Robert and Selina Eggington of the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation on their battle to maintain the Kyana Gallery

The Kyana Gallery, important bastion of cultural artefacts and artworks, and home to Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation and it’s cultural, healing, educational and political advocacy is under threat from the Indigenous Land Corporation by the lease being dissolved. We talk with Robert and Selina about their life long work and their battle to continue their work. http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/indigenous-land-corporation-ilc-not-to-dissolve-the-rental-agreement-with-the-kyana-gallery-facility?share_id=GnMBDiuflt&utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

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Rikki Hendon on Social Impact Bonds

In this interview, Rikki Hendon, acting branch secretary of the CPSU/CSA (public sector union), discusses the union’s opposition to the Barnett Government’s plan to introduce social impact bonds in the Corrective Services portfolio. You can find further information about this by reading CPSU/CSA’s press release on this here: http://www.cpsucsa.org/component/content/article?id=2288

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“The Slacker Lounge” – a conversation on being a slacker with a local Perth slacker

“The Slacker Lounge” – a conversation on being a slacker with a local Perth slacker.   “That four-letter word, work, has a way of getting in the way of leisure. Sometimes cruel circumstances of life have a habit of mucking up our plans to idle. Our options narrow, and there is nothing for it but to […]

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Michael Hayworth Crisis Response Coordinator for Amnesty International on Violence in the Central African Republic

The UN has found “ample evidence” of war crimes committed by both sides in the religious conflict that has devastated the Central African Republic. Despite the seriousness of the situation, this crisis has received only limited attention in the West. Michael Hayworth discusses the human rights abuses currently occurring in the Central African Republic and […]

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Activist Zaheer Allam on the push for renewable energy in Mauritius

Mauritian architect, project manager and co-founder of renewable energy campaign group”Platform Situon” Zaheer Allam on the fight against the fossil fuel industry in Mauritius. Zaheer recently presented at the joint Conservation Council of WA and 350 Perth conference “Better things to do” which explored developments in alternative and renewable energy.

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 Jesus Castillo Podemos Spain candidate in the recent European parliamentary election

Three years after the rise of Indignados (the Indignant Ones), that inspiring explosion of popular anger on the streets of Spain, the struggle against neo-liberal austerity continues with the stunning electoral success in the recent European parliamentary elections of Podemos (We Can), a new left wing party born out of the social movements.  We caught up […]

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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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Victoria Martin of RRAN on the Manus Island riot independent report which details deadly detention centre violence

According to a long-awaited government-commissioned review no single party was directly to blame for the two nights of violence that led to the death of the Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati at Manus detention centre. We speak to Victoria Martin Refugee Rights Action Network’s about the report and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s response to it.

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Ruah Community Services chief executive Francis Lynch on poverty and homelessness in Perth

Despite the wealth existing in Perth, poverty and homelessness are problems that are on the rise, with many people forced to sleep rough on our streets. Indymedia spoke to Ruah Community Services chief executive Francis Lynch about how things need to change.

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Jess Ison editor of ‘To the Exclusion Of All Others: Queers Questioning Gay Marriage’

We’re joined by Jess Ison, editor of the soon-to-be released book ‘To the Exclusion Of All Others: Queers Questioning Gay Marriage’. Jess discusses the book and how she came to this position of being pro-queer but anti-same sex (and other) marriage. You can find out more about this book here: totheexclusionofallothers.com/  

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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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Economist Richard Denniss of the Australia Institute on the economic “virtue” of the first Abbott budget

With even Clive Palmer criticising the recent budget as “for the lobbyists and Liberal donors” there is much to discuss and be concerned about in the Abbott government’s first budget. For a discussion on the economic level we speak to Richard Denniss, Executive Director of the Australia Institute for some of his analysis.

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Amelia Hicks of Girls Against Gas on the Bentley Blockade victory

The NSW government’s suspension of Metgasco’s licence at Bentley in the Northern Rivers of NSW has lifted spirits across Australia. We speak with Amelia Hicks, convenor of Gasfield Gree Balinor Shire and cofounder of Girls Against Gas on this important victory. (Image courtesy of Rod Poole)

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Perth Indymedia 19th May full show – featuring Alex Bainbridge, Richard Dennis, Amelia Hicks

With even Clive Palmer criticising the recent budget as “for the lobbyists and Liberal donors” there is much to discuss and be concerned about in the Abbott government’s first budget. For a discussion on the economic level we speak to Richard Denniss, Executive Director of the Australia Institute for some of his analysis. The NSW government’s suspension of Metgasco’s […]

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