Coal dust and climate change: Newcastle residents march against proposed T4 coal loader

Up to 1500 people attended a rally in Newcastle today in opposition to a fourth coal loading terminal being built. Gathering at Customs house at 10am, people marched to Civic Park, chanting 'our water, our health, more precious than your wealth' and 'one two three four, no to T4'. Protestors are concerned with the impact of coal mining on agriculture and water resources, coal dust pollution risks to public health, environmental concerns, and contribution to global climate change.


WGAR News: Treatment not prison for our mob: NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts

Newsletter date: 7 February 2013


* NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts: Treatment not prison for our mob
* The Wire: Jail costs far outweigh rehabilitation
* Tracker: Jail should be a last resort for non-violent offenders: report
* AHRC: Social Justice Commissioner welcomes new report
* Greens Senators Rachel Siewert & Penny Wright: Drug and alcohol treatments to reduce crime, boost health
* NITV News: Minister backs calls for Indigenous offenders' rehab
* Let's Talk's Tiga Bayles interviews Gino Vumbaca & John Heron


Video: Newcastle residents protest health effects of proposed 4th coal terminal

Newcastle residents and activists protested the lack of consideration of health and climate change effects in the proposed building of a fourth coal terminal at the port of Newcastle, already the world's largest coal port. A peaceful protest and 'lockon' occurred outside The office of NSW Minister for Planning Brad Hazzard last Thursday who is due to consider the merits of the proposal.

Related: Newcastle’s T4 project puts short-term profit before health | Something in the air: time for independent testing in coal areas | Coal Terminal Action Group


Drug Rehabilitation | Drug Information | Drug Education

Our overcrowded prisons are filled with offenders whose crimes involved drugs. Many of them were on drugs when they committed those crimes--and often the crime was committed to support their own drug habit.

But drug addiction and dependency are not happening just to the stereotypical "drug addict". People from all walks of life, and at all ages, are falling prey to drugs.


Fukushima Disaster - One Year Later

Government lies, Tokyo radioactive, 3 out-of-control reactors. News from nuclear expert Arnold Gundersen to Vancouver conference March 11th, plus reports of citizen activism in Japan, as parents measure radiation in their air, food, and children.

Reports from Aya Marumori & Wataru Iwata of CRMS from Fukushima.

Bottom line: when disaster strikes (whether nuclear, hurricanes, floods, etc) - big government hides the truth, and will not help. We have to organize and act as local communities to survive.

Finding the gaps in women's health services

Have you ever wished you didn't have to wait a week to get a GP appointment? Wondered where to go for help after a sexual assault? Wanted a women's health centre in your area? Know the difference between the services of a birth centre, obstetrician, and private midwife?

Australia’s largest network of organisations advocating for women’s equality marked the International Day of Action for Women’s Health on 28 May 2011 with the launch of a survey to identify gaps in Australian women’s health services.


Fighting for positive body image for young women

Equality Rights Alliance are running a campaign to fight negative body image for young women. We want positive body images in the media that show the diversity of natural, real beauty. So we’ve got postcards distributed through AvantCard, and online (


Coal is hazardous to health: Residents blockade coal trains in north Queensland

Residents of the town of Collinsville, west of Bowen, have just finished a two day blockade of the train line that is used for transporting coal from the Bowen Basin to the Abbot Point coal terminal in North Queensland. The residents are angry about a proposed increase in rail traffic and the adverse health impacts on residents from the increase in vibrations and coal dust emissions, and the problem of delays for emergency vehicles in a town bisected by the rail line.