Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The protest also was the first major expression in Perth of opposition to the reintroduction of offshore "dumping" of refugees at Manus Island and Nauru.
Speakers included Greens senator Scott Ludlam, Serco Watch convenor Colin Penter and academic Caroline Fleay. A particularly moving speech was given by former detainee called Jacob.
After hearing speakers, protesters proceeded up a nearby hill to be able to establish visual contact with refugees inside. A giant "Free the Refugees" banner was unfurled and balloons with freedom messages were released. A radio broadcast was also set up so that refugees inside could hear from the protesters directly.
Media reports came from The West Australian, The Australian and ABC online and several TV stations.
Friday, August 24, 2012
In a "stunning victory for civil liberties", the Barnett government has announced that they will introduce legislation to enable police officers to enter private houses without a search warrant and without the permission of the property owner.
The Evening News investigates the implications of this move.
Evening News is produced by Green Left TV:
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Given the recent (disgraceful) adoption of the lethal and unjust "Pacific Solution" by the federal Labor government, there couldn't be a better time to show your support for justice for refugees.
The convergence is gathering a lot of support (four buses have been booked) but it is not too late to come along and get on board.
The convergence will depart from East Perth train station on Sunday 26 August at 10am.
Please register in advance and if possible pay the bus fee of $20 solidarity, $15 waged, $10 concession in advance (but paying on the day is also possible).
(Some people will be self-driving as well.)
Take this opportunity to support refugee rights.
Register for Northam convergence via Refugee Rights Action Network site:
More information about refugee rights:
Labor, Liberal partners in crime against asylum seekers
GREEN LEFT TV: Tony Kevin exposes the anti-refugee 'people smuggler' myths
SATIRE: Carlo's Corner - let's all welcome Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Socialist Alliance: Unholy Abbott/Gillard alliance strengthens racist 'Fortress Australia'
The 'moral bankruptcy of our ruling classes'
These are some of the issues in which the Barnett Liberal government has failed in its environmental responsibilities.
This forum will discuss the environmental record of the Barnett government and canvas ideas for action.
Beth Schultz (Forest Alliance)
Claire McKinnon (No Fracking Way)
Dale Jones (Forest Rescue)
Joe O’Keith (City Gatekeepers)
Zeb Parkes (Socialist Alliance)
6:30pm Wed 29 August
Perth Activist Centre,
15/5 Aberdeen St, (next to McIver station)
Attend on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/353047231440011
Hosted by Socialist Alliance and Resistance
Ph 9218 9608, 0413 976 638
Monday, August 20, 2012
* Australia sending refugees back to torture
* Activists "disappeared" in Colombo
The human rights crisis in Sri Lanka - the reality in the North and the East - which way forward?
Plus contributions from:
Dr T Rajeswaran
Experience of the Tamil Diaspora
Tamil refugees: Australia’s political prisoners
Discrimination and violence against Tamils
Establishing a WA campaign network
2pm, Sat 1 September
Reception Room (Administration Building), Fremantle Town Hall
(enter via stairs and patio near playground)
WA Network for Human Rights in Tamil Eelam and Sri Lanka
Contact: Sam Wainwright 0412 751 508 or PA Subramaniam 6364 3670
Charter for Human Rights in Sri Lanka and Tamil Eelam
We are working for:
• an immediate halt to extra-judicial killings by all forces, including the Government of Sri Lanka.
• the recognition and respect for the human rights of all citizens of the island of Sri Lanka; including the right to free speech, freedom of assembly, workers’ organisation and freedom from arrest and imprisonment without trial.
• the immediate release of all political prisoners.
• an immediate end to the internment and ethnic cleansing of Tamils from their traditional homeland, and the deliberate resettlement of people from elsewhere on the island into these areas for the purpose of breaking up the Ilankai Tamil nation.
• the right of all citizens displaced by war, internment and ethnic cleansing to return to their homes.
• the prosecution of all those who have committed war crimes.
• demilitarisation of the traditional Ilankai Tamil regions by the GOSL.
• the right of the Ilankai Tamil nation to self-determination.
• Australia should do all it can to assist the safe passage of and give shelter to all those fleeing violence and persecution on the island of Sri Lanka.
Endorsed by: Refugee Rights Action Network, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, Australian Tamil Congress WA, Ilankai Tamil Sangham, Socialist Alliance
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thermometer as at August 16
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Maritime Union Hall
2-4 Kwong Alley, North Fremantle
6pm Thursday 16 August 2012
Hosted by the Communist Party of Australia.
Ph 0419 812 872.
DR CAROLUS WIMMER
Dr Wimmer is a widely respected Venezuelan political scientist, educator and writer, lecturer and columnist nationally and internationally.
Elected to the Latin American Parliament in 2005 he served as Vice-President from 2008 to 2011. Dr Wimmer was re-elected as a deputy to the Latin American Parliament for 2011 to 2016 and for this period Dr Wimmer is Chairman of the Latin American Parliament’s Committee on Energy and Mines and a member of the Committees on Indigenous Peoples, Agriculture, and Education and Culture.
He was Director of International Relations of the Venezuelan National Assembly from 2002 to 2005 and International Advisor to the President of the National Assembly from 2001 to 2002.
Dr Wimmer is a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PVC) and International Relations Secretary of the CPV.
He is founder and Director of Open Debate, a journal of political ideas. His many awards include the National Book Award of Venezuela in 2004 and 2007, the National Award for Communication from the Ministry of Communication and Information in 2008, the Municipal Social Communication Award from the Municipality Libertador Bolivarian in 2009, and the order “Ezequiel Zamora” 1st Class
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Between 700 and 1000 people participated in the Perth rally which was addressed by Lynn MacLaren (Greens), Louise Pratt (ALP) and Bec Leighton (NUS).
The video below is the national round-up video by Green Left TV.
Video from the August 11 Perth action against the Super Trawler which threatens Australia's marine eco-systems.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Rally for marriage equality
on the 8th anniversary of the ban on equal marriage rights
1pm Sat 11 August
Stirling Gardens, Perth CBD
(corner of Barrack St & St George's Terrace)
Great news: Greens to put marriage bill, Tasmania to legislate for marriage
A sign of the growing momentum for marriage equality came with the announcement at the Tasmanian state Labor conference on August 4 that the Labor-led Tasmanian government would aim to pass legislation this year to legalise same-sex marriage in the state, should federal parliament fail to do so. [Read more]
Record support for Marriage Equality but bill on hold
A Senate committee recommended on June 25 that Australian parliament make marriage equality law after almost 60% of 46,000 submissions were in favour. A report tabled for the lower house on June 18 also had overwhelming support, but did not support or reject the two marriage equality bills before parliament.
The lower house committee received a record 276,000 responses during its inquiry, with more than two-thirds in support of gay marriage. [Read more]
A previous demonstration for equal marriage and against bigotry in Perth
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Choo Chon Kai is a Leader of the Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and editor of its Chinese language newspaper.
He was detained under Emergency Ordinance (EO) together with five other PSM members for 27 days in 2011 prior to Bersih 2.0 rally.
Coordinator for the human rights organisation Suaram from 2002 as 2007 and also campaigned for the repeal of Malaysia’s repressive Internal Security Act.
Choo Chon Kai will also be speaking on the campaign to stop Lynas Corporation from processing Rare Earth Concentrate in Malaysia from its Mt Weld mine in Western Australia.
This is your chance to hear first hand about the struggle for democracy and the largest environmental campaign in Malaysia’s history
6:30pm Tuesday 7 August,
Venue: Hilton Community Centre: 34 Paget St, Hilton.
Contact: Marcus Atkinson 0400 505 765 or Sam Wainwright 0412 751 508
Sponsored by: Bersihkan Malaysia Perth, Stop Lynas, Anti-Nuclear Alliance of WA, Socialist Alliance.
Friday, August 3, 2012
This one day conference will be exploring socialist ideas and strategies as part of an extended public discussion about the draft "Towards a Socialist Australia" document produced by Socialist Alliance.
Saturday 4 August 2012
Perth Activist Centre
15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth (next to McIver station)
11am The Ugly Truth of Australian Capitalism
What boom? - Sam Wainwright
Aboriginal rights and the sovereignty movement - Marianne Mackay
Fracking, climate & environmental justice - Claire McKinnon
Corporate greed - Colin Penter
1pm The Struggle for Democracy and Socialism in Malaysia
Speaker: Choo Chon Kai
(Choo Chon Kai is a member of the central committee of the Malaysian Socialist Party and coordinator of their international bureau. He was one of the activists detained under the Emergency Ordinance for 27 days in 2011 during the police crackdown prior to Bersih 2.0 rally.)
2:30pm Building an anti-capitalist voice in Australian politics
Speaker: Peter Boyle (National co-convenor of Socialist Alliance)
4pm Towards a Socialist Australia
A panel of speakers sharing visions and perspectives and thoughts on the new document "Towards a Socialist Australia" including Kamala Emanuel, Clare Middlemas, Beck Copestake and Alex Whisson.
Organised by Socialist Alliance and Resistance.
Ph 9218 9608, 0413 976 638.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Malaysian Democracy activist Choo Chon Kai will be speaking at two public events in Perth in the next week:
- "The struggle for democracy and socialism in Malaysia"
As part of the Towards a Socialist Australia conference
Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth (next to McIver station)
- "Campaigning against Lynas toxic waste dump"
Foyer, Hilton Community Centre, 34 Paget Road, Hilton
Chon Kai is a central committee member of the Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM) and is currently editor of their Chinese language newspaper. He is also coordinator of the PSM international bureau.
Chon Kai was a student activist when studying at the Universiti Sains Malaysia and was suspended for a semester for selling badges that criticised the Internal Security Act.
Between 2002 and 2007 he worked as coordinator of the human rights organisation Suaram.
In 2011 he was detained for 27 days under the Emergency Ordinance as part of the police crackdown prior to the Bersih 2.0 rally for democratic and "clean" elections.