For devil's sake don't mine the Tarkine

Activists from environmental direct action group Groundswell have today taken peaceful action to highlight the detrimental impacts that mining in the Tarkine will have on healthy devil populations living in the region.

At 10am this morning, Groundswell activists deployed a banner reading “FOR
DEVILS SAKE, DON’T MINE THE TARKINE” from the Alexander suspension bridge, in Launceston’s Cataract Gorge. Two climbers suspended themselves alongside the banner.


WGAR News: UN intervention called for at James Price Point: Hands off country

Newsletter date: 2 February 2013


* Hands Off Country: UN Intervention called for at James Price Point
* The West: Push for UN to visit gas hub
* Respect and Listen: Save the Kimberley: Report on Walmadany - James Price Point
* Hands Off Country: Video: Barnett Blooms in Broome
* The West: Premier coy on ways to stop FLNG
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign - James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* NIRS: Income management admin costs over a million a year: Report
[sic - actually the amount is over one hundred million a year]

Conflicting information, interests and land owners dog FMG

BIG THANKS to the National Indigenous Times and its very special journalist Gerry Georgatos in exposing the FMG hand in dividing the Yindjibarndi and then in keeping up the coverage - because of this mainstream media got the guts to run with a story not looking too pretty for Andrew Forrest and FMG!
Conflicting information, interests and land owners dog FMG

Fortescue Metals Group has had its East Pilbara iron ore operations caught in disputes over conflicting information, conflicts of interest and the authority of traditional owners.


FMG's "The True Yindjibarndi Story" versus YAC's "FMG's Great Native Title Swindle"

Two different sides to the Yindjibarndi/Fortescue story - make up your own mind ala Akira Kurosawa style!

This is a 10 minute 22 second clip commercially produced to depict a version of events from the March 16, 2011 Yindjibarndi community meeting to decide whether Yindjibarndi should negotiate with Fortescue over mining rights on the terms offered by Fortescue - Andrew Forrest spoke to the Yindjibarndi at the meeting:

The film was produced post April 4:


Tarkine World Heritage Now!


Tarkine – World Heritage Now!

A group of activists have gathered at the community forum today in Launceston to send a clear message to the Labour Government that the Tarkine needs an emergency world heritage listing.

T-shirts reading “TARKINE HERITAGE LISTING” were displayed outside the community cabinet forum at the Launceston College on Brisbane Street. Members of the newly formed environmental advocacy group GroundSwell maintained a silent peaceful vigil as the cabinet continued inside.


Anti-work activists expose Australian secret agents and generally disrupt military and mining expo

On the 19th of March, the degree factory otherwise known as the University of New South Wales (UNSW), held their annual 'careers expo'. It is an event designed for those who engage in the process of learning as a means to securing their place in the pyramid scheme that is capitalism. The vast majority of potential employers hearken from the mining and 'defence' industry.


Stop rape and murder for mining profit

When security forces of a Canadian mining company brutally evicted Mayan families from their villages in Guatemala, eleven women were raped, a community leader was killed, and a young man paralyzed. Now villagers are standing up and suing HudBay Minerals for these horrific crimes -- but they need our help to match the corporate legal firepower and win their case!

Environmentalists call for Australian government to investigate massacre in Indonesia

Friends of the Earth Australia Media Release 26 Dec 2011
With three dead and nine critically injured, questions are being raised about the role of Australian owned company Arc Exploration after a community protest on the island of Sumbawa was attacked by Indonesian police.


Eight killed in protest against Australian gold mining in Indonesia

by hidup biasa An Indonesian activist website reports eight people killed, hundreds wounded, ten arrested and many hiding after a police attack on protesters demonstrating against a locally working mainly Australian gold mining company. hidup biasa says the attack was on the occupation of Sape port by thousands of residents of Lambu district, Bima regency, West Nusa Tenggara, repressed and forcibly dispersed by police. The occupation, which had continued for five days, was by local people opposing the operations of PT Sumber Mineral Nusantara. The company is 95% owned by an Australian company called Arc Exploration, based in Chatswood, Sydney.

Related: Raw footage of police shooting into crowd -- ABC coverage of the shootings and protests | WALHI (FoE Indonesia) - Stop The Activity Of Mining & Slaughtering In Bima, Solidarity For Civilians Sby - Boediono Must Take Responsibility | Environmentalists call for Australian government to investigate massacre in Indonesia