PShift: End to Country — Energy Policy in Queensland

“If we don’t change direction soon,
we’ll end up where we’re heading”

— IEA Energy Outlook, 2011

Over the past five years, the Queensland government has spent over $6.9 billion subsidising port, rail, road and other infrastructure for the benefit of the fossil fuel industry.

ALP taking more from single parents than from mining companiesThis heavily subsidised industry is now taking jobs away from other sectors as the high Australian dollar, due to the mining boom, causes other sectors such as manufacturing to contract.Go to Article

Face to Face with Fukushima

Face to Face with Fukushima: Brisbane
Public Forum
March 12, 2013 11am
The Premier’s Hall -Qld Parliament House
Alice St @ George St, Brisbane

As the Qld government makes motions to open a uranium mining industry in this state, the anniversary of the ongoing disaster at Fukushima serves as a timely reminder of the dangers of the nuclear industry…

The Fukushima Delegation will share firsthand accounts and experiences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster that occurred following the Tsunami that devastated East Japan on March 11, 2011.

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Rallies against Qld Government

Qld Teacher Union rally on Tuesday 21 August
Qld Uncut rally Thursday 23rd August (Social services organisations campaign)
Combined Unions rally (will be very large!!) Wednesday 12th September.

also info below on activities in other parts of Qld
[Thanks Ross and Jim]

[Editor’s Note: this material is from Qld Council of Unions]

‘Stand for Queensland’ State-wide Community Day of Action
The Stand for Queensland State-wide Community Day of Action is fast approaching.… Go to Article

How big is the ‘great big new tax’?

Scaremongering is still rampant in the Murdoch Press with regard to the carbon pollution tax.

Why is it that nobody wants to pay for POLLUTION!!!!!!!!!

While I don’t agreed with the way the Fed Govt has introduced this tax, particularly with regard to giving massive compensation to big polluting industries, the reality is that somewhere, sometime you pay for pollution.… Go to Article

Lock the Gate

Hi to all who may be about to come to Drew’s talk to the 17 Group on the 1st of February. Here is a text by Drew that might spark some thoughts with which to prepare for the discussion that will follow the talk:

Imagine a situation where certain resource extraction industries – coal and coal seam gas – have potentially massive environmental impacts on underground and surface water, agricultural land and biodiversity with ecosystem collapse in a part of the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area and thousands of hectares of precious old growth bushland cleared.Go to Article

Oil and the double dip

Reports on ‘Bakken Oil’ discovery in North Dakota, USA

151 million barrels — United States Geological Survey (USGS) assessment 1995

2 Trillion barrels — Stansberry Report Online – 4/20/2006

3.65 billion barrels — United States Geological Survey (USGS) April 10, 2008

271 to 503 billion barrels — Leigh Price, Energy Information Administration (EIA) August 2000.… Go to Article

Straddie: miners & government ‘tore out his guts, stole his rich grains of sand’

But Minjerriba’s back is now broken;
Men came and tore out his guts;
Stole his rich grains of sand,
Stripped his cloak of cyprus and gum,
Drained water from his ageless eyes
And weakened this giant in the sun.
— from ‘Minjeribah’ by Oodgeroo Nunuccal

Socialist Alliance and Greens join forces on UQ campus

The combined strength of these two groups was evidenced at a forum at University of Qld UQ on Thursday afternoon 18 Aug 2010 about sand mining on Stradbroke Island.… Go to Article

ETU campaign for Aboriginal electrician and community leader in Bamaga sacked by Ergon Energy

Hi Everyone,

Here’s a short video by the ETU, on behalf of Tommy Sebasio.

Tommy, an Aboriginal electrician and key figure in his community of Bamaga, worked for Ergon Energy for 20 years, running the power and electricy network for the whole Northern Peninsula.

Tommy and ETU played a key role in highlighting the Safety and Enviroment issues in the Far North QLD, most of which are still outstanding.… Go to Article

Brisbane Hiroshima Day Rally

Hiroshima Day
Peace Rally and March


Saturday 7th August

Brisbane Square – George Street
(top o’ Queen St Mall ) Brisbane

Welcome to Country
Music! Combined Unions Choir
Speakers: Darambal Elder – Aunty Jeanette Yow Yeh, a Member of Atomic Ex-servicemen’s Association

and film screening

“When the Dust Settles” a 37 mins DVD unmasking the hidden dangers behind uranium mines…
presented by Peter Simpson – Electrical Trades Union

During World War II, the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan were destroyed by atomic bombs dropped by the United States military on August 6 and August 9 respectively , killing at least 100,000 civilians outright and many more over time.

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