Alcoa have announced a review of the future of Point Henry Smelter near Anglesea in a press release to the Australian Stock Exchange. The smelter at Point Henry has been operating for 49 years and employs about 600 people. Maybe the government subsidies that prop up an inefficient industrial plant need to be redirected into reskilling, retraining and relocating the 600 odd workers that face losing their jobs.
Former Afghan politician Malalai Joya, one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World 2010, respected journalists John Martinkus and Karen Middleton, and Overland editor Jeff Sparrow discuss conflict and occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the consequences of two wars that never seem to end.
This event is part of the Melbourne Writers Festival and tickets must be purchased through them; Cost 21.50 full price $19.50 concession.
Join us in Geelong's Johnstone Park to protest against the Malaysian Solution.
This protest is organised by RAG (refugee advocacy group) in Geelong
From July 4th to July 8th, a small group of peace activists took direct action against the Afghan War by blockading the secretive Swan Island military base in Queenscliff in Victoria. The peaceful picket resulted in 10 arrests throughout the week. It was a week of empowering actions that will hopefully be a stepping stone towards building a mass movement of direct action to stop the Afghanistan War.
Related: Day1: Claiming Space -- Day 2: Four activists arrested -- Day 3: Resistance continues -- Day 4: Third day of arrests -- Day 5: Week culminates in arrests and meditations -- Convergence website -- Transparency or collusion: Reflections on the Convergence
A week of protests at the top secret military base of Swan island has ended with a blockade lit with 400 candles representing the deaths in Afghanistan and more arrests as protestors breached police lines. The convergence in Queenscliff has continued all week as a protest against the unnecessary and ineffective war in Afghanistan, and to draw attention to the role that the top secret Swan Island base plays in the war. The war is now into its tenth year – as long as Australia’s involvement in Vietnam.
You against the Afghanistan war?
So are we. So we've planned a solid week of action to resist the war at Swan Island near Queenscliff. Swan Island is where SAS troops are trained-one of our major contributions to the war in Afghanistan. It will coincide with Talisman Sabre, the biggest military exercises in Australia, aimed at interoperability with the US militaries and involving 30,000 troops.
Nine activists will face Geelong Magistrates Court tomorrow (Monday 29 Nov) on charges of obstructing a road and hindering police.
On the 16th of June the nine activists were arrested while blockading the road to Swan Island military base, a military installation heavily involved in supporting the war in Afghanistan.
Come hear the president and founder of Sea Shepherd, Captain Paul Watson talk about the plan of the Japanese whaling fleet to kill 50 endangered humpbacks, along with 50 fin and nearly 1000 piked whales... and our plan to stop them. Sea Shepherd enforces international conservation law out on the high seas as the whales' navy.
Tickets will be available on the night for $10, or $20 for a family.
An access road to the desalination project power and pipe line constuction works near Wonthaggi was blockaded on from 5 am on 20-10-10 to protest the following abuses of public rights by the Brumby Government -
Calling all young Victorians with a vision for a sustainable future
Are you under 25 and want to win some great cash and prizes? The Future Shots Sustainability Film Challenge is now open. For the second year running, Future Shots invites all Victorians 25 and under to create a short film of under three minutes addressing the theme of sustainability.
With over $9000 in cash and prizes to be won, Future Shots encourages young Victorians to creatively explore sustainability in their world.
Entry deadline is 15 November 2010.