Melbourne experienced a hail storm March 6th that has done hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars of damage. The storm has been labelled a "once in a century" event. What's not been mentioned is that the storm fits the predicted pattern of the impact of Climate Change on South East Australia.
By Hannah Harborow, Amnesty International
Can we ignore a call for help from our nearest neighbour?
Right on our doorstep two-thirds of women experience violence at the hands of their husbands and 60% of men admit to participating in gang rape.
In Papua New Guinea (PNG), the statistics are incomprehensibly shocking, but the personal stories are even worse.
Imagine the constant fear of living in an environment where your husband is the perpetrator, your family often the facilitators and where the authorities - at best - simply turn a blind eye.
Goodooga, northwest NSW, 24 February 10 â€“ Aboriginal people will be called from all over Australia to protest in the Northern Territory against any movement of nuclear waste across their traditional lands, an Aboriginal activist says.
Michael Anderson, chairman of an Aboriginal Summit Task Force recently elected in Canberra (click x above for picture), says in a media release: â€śNothing will move down the former American Vice-President Dick Cheneyâ€™s Halliburton railway line from Darwin to Alice Springs.â€ť
Public attitudes to genetically modified (GM) agriculture are not changing with most people still uncomfortable with the technology, according to a study conducted by Swinburne Universityâ€™s Centre for Emerging Technologies and Society.
Scientiists from Bristol University say that ocean acidification is ocurring at a faster pace than anytime in the last 65 million years, raising the possibility of a mass marine extinction event similar to what ocurred about 55 million years ago.
Related: Dr Jeremy Mathis on CO2 acidification threatens northern oceans - (KFSK Public radio audio) | European Project on Ocean Acidification Blog | The Ocean in a High CO2 World | Sigourney Weaver highlights Ocean Acidification in video documentary
The 2nd anniversary of Kevin Rudd's apology to the Stolen Generation saw protests in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Alice Springs against the continuing discrimination against Aboriginal People epitomised by the invasion of the Northern Territory under the name of intervention. Around 300 turned out in Melbourne for a rally starting at the MAYSAR Sport and Recreation Centre in Gertrude Street before marching through the streets to end on the steps of Parliament House.
Captain Peter Bethune has boarded the Shonan Maru No 2 to make a citizen's arrest of the captain of the vessel. Peter Bethune's ship, the New Zealand registered high speed trimaran the Ady Gil owned by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Foundation, was sunk by the Japanese whaling ship the Shonan Maru 2 on January 6 after it was purposefully rammed endangering the lives of the six crew.
Friends of the Earth have described the proposed Waratah Coal Galilee mine, the world's largest coal mine, as another nail into the coffin of our climate. Waratah Coal's Clive Palmer and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh jointly announced on February 7, 2010 the progression of what would be the world's largest coal mine, having struck a multi-billion dollar deal which would see a twenty year supply of coal to Chinese power-stations.
Goodooga, northwest NSW, 7 February 2010 -- An Aboriginal leader warns that changes to the welfare system will cause a major jump in petty crimes, as people steal to survive, and increase the number of children being removed from their families.
The last survivor of the four activists who set up the Aboriginal embassy in Canberra in 1972, writes that Aboriginal affairs minister, Jenny Macklinâ€™s â€śdictatorship goes on unchallenged inside or outside of parliamentary circlesâ€ť.
The Japanese whaling harpoon vessel the Yushin Maru 3 has rammed the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship Bob Barker about 180 miles off Cape Darnley in the Australian Antarctic Territory. The ramming penetrated the Bob Barker's hull creating a 3-foot long 4-inch deep gash in the mid starboard side of the Sea Shepherd vessel above the waterline. The Yushin Maru suffered minor damage to its hand rail and hull. No crew from either ship were injured.