Abbott Government fails the environment - Australian Wildlife Protection Council

The Australian Wildlife Protection Council wrote on September 1, 2014 to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications: "We condemn the Abbott Government’s attacks on the Great Barrier Reef, other priceless environmental institutions and native wildlife across Australia. We are dismayed by their lack of environmental protection since [the Abbott Government's]coming to power."

Population: Australia a dog chasing it's tail

This article was posted to me by Geoff at Eco-Bushwalks Sydney - Ed

Infrastructure debt | "This year, the Australian population will grow by around 400,000 people. Since Sydney hosted the Olympics in 2000, Australia's population has grown by 22% from 19.3 million to 23.6 million. That is why Australia's roads, trains and hospitals are crowded. If the government wants to double Australia's population by 2060, it can either invest in the new infrastructure the country needs before the population arrives, or it can lower Australians' expectations about how much infrastructure we should expect.

Video: Koala Accident Investigation - Update on Sean the Koala

Today at the Australian Wildlife Protection Council AGM I interviewed Craig Thomson, Animalia wildlife carer, about the events that may have led to Sean the Koala travelling down a busy highway in Langwarrin. Turns out he was probably following a traditional migratory route of male koalas in search of romance, which takes them from islands of habitat like the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens, down four-lane highways towards The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve in Frankston, or further south, across the massive Peninsula Link tollway that cuts the Peninsula in half. Why are koalas being forced onto highways? It is another terrible cost of the unwanted human population expansion that is being forced on Victorians by the State Government, in its bid to grow Melbourne faster and faster.

The Donetsk National Republic states the facts about its conflict with the Kiev regime

Updates 1 Sep 2014: republished on Global Research as The Donetsk National Republic (DNR). "This is a Fight for Independence Now; English Transcript previously published separately here added as appendix.


Alexander Zakharenko, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Donetsk National Republic

The included article, with an embedded video has been adapted from The West, the greatest cause of War in human history, stands stripped of all Legitimacy (30/8/14) by Paul Craig Roberts. It has also been republished on PressTV and Dissident Voice.

Behind the avalanche of fabricated Western newsmedia reports of direct intervention by the Russian Army Ukraine conflict which started on 28 August1 the Ukraine regime has suffered a catastrophic military defeat at the hands of the rebels.2 In a Press Conference of 24 August 2014, Alexander Zakharchenko, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Donetsk National Republic described the victory of the Donetsk People's self-defence forces and their consequent decision to formally announce the the Donetsk National Republic to the world.

GetUp wants action on Climate Change on 21 September 2014; but not on Population Growth

GetUp is seeking donations to fund its unscientific campaign to magically transform one of the world's most rapidly expanding and extreme carbon based economies by adopting Renewable Energy Targets and other forms of financial incentives to encourage use of alternative energy while fully supporting the extreme population growth that is the driving force behind the rapid expansion of Australia's carbon emissions.

Washington and mainstream media pile lie upon lie about Ukraine and Russia

See also: Fabricated “Russian Invasion”: Big Lies Risk Confrontation with Russia (29/8/14) by Stephen Lendman on Global Research.

This article published as Washington piles lie upon lie by Paul Craig Roberts was published earlier on paulcraigroberts.org and Global Research.

Yesterday, Friday 29 August at 7:00PM the ABC news reported that there was "satellite evidence" of Russian armour and soldiers going over the border and that the Russian government had lied about it. It also claimed that "former and serving Russian army soldiers" were fighting in Ukraine alongside the rebels. Whilst the online version of the same story is a little more more circumspect, public opinion tends to be more affected by live audio visual reporting. This report is part of the current avalanche of 'reporting' of the Ukraine crisis by the mainstream media, which is barely a day old. Other 'reports' about Ukraine include:

Ukraine accuses Russia of 'direct invasion' after aid convoy crosses border without permission (ABC), Ukraine crisis: NATO condemns Russia's 'illegal' military action; says Moscow continues to disregard obligations (ABC), US openly accuses Russia of sending combat troops to Ukraine (SMH), NATO says Russia blatantly violating Ukraine sovereignty, Ukraine crisis: T-72 tank shoots hole in Russian denial (BBC), Alarm over Russian troops in Ukraine (Sky News), Exclusive - Over 100 Russian soldiers killed in single Ukraine battle - Russian rights activists (Reuters), What does Russia tell the mothers of soldiers killed in Ukraine? Not much. (Washington Post), Russia has up to 100 battle tanks fighting in Ukraine, UK believes (The Guardian), Relatives of Russian Soldiers Captured by Ukraine Demand Answers (New York Times), Ukraine Accuses Russia of Invasion, West to Consider Sanctions, Obama rules out military response to Russian moves in Ukraine (LA Times), Ukraine crisis: Obama blames Russia for violence (BBC), Obama Blames Russia For Violence In Ukraine; Calls Moves 'Incursion' (NPR), Russia Lies About Invading Ukraine as It Invades Ukraine (Daily Beast), Russia sends tanks and troops into Ukraine, seizes a strategic town

Greg Hunt must protect Westernport Bay from flawed Major Projects process

Environment and community groups from across Australia are calling on Federal Environmental Minister Greg Hunt to save the fragile environment of Westernport Bay amid ongoing concerns over the Coalition’s One Stop Shop policy.

The massive Hastings port expansion plan and associated land transport corridors will not only devastate the internationally important Ramsar-listed wetlands of Westernport, but also impact on the liveability of Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs, the groups say.

Protest to stop sell-off of Public Housing in Woolahara

Be there! at 5pm today at 118-122 Queen Street Woolahara, NSW

As you may be aware the 2nd of our homes (29 Lower Fort Street Millers Point) is to be auctioned off by Di Jones Real Estate Agents. Like the invitational viewings the auction will be held in secret behind closed doors!

Please share: #savemillerspoint #wheresgabby #savepublichousing

Update, 29 August: YouTube video of protest added.

457 scams and system corruption in Australia

This is a huge scandal with far reaching serious National consequences and implications. The following represents my personal view on the 457 visa scandal and its ramifications. The recently exposed corruption is the last bit in the jig saw puzzle of my understanding. I cannot "prove" much of what follows, it is supposition not fact, but I believe that I am fairly close to the overall truth.

See also: Napthine complains that population growth outstrips job growth.

Video: The East West Link time machine

Alison Clarke, former Yarra City Councillor and 2011-2012 mayor has made a film to test the Victorian Premier, Denis Napthine's assertion that East West Link will save the public 27 minutes in the morning peak hour. She tests him in a trip from Hoddle Street to City Link. What she discovers is amazing and shows that Mr Napthine's marketing of the link is completely idiotic. So, what IS the reason for the East West Link?

Wildlife 'pushed to the limit' by Australian population expansion and overdevelopment

An article by Kathy Lord, "Wildlife group 'pushed to the limit', in ABC News, typifies many mainstream press reports on kangaroos as it reports the phenomenon of kangaroos turning up in suburban and urban areas. This article entirely omits to criticise the cause, which is human overpopulation and expansion due to Australian and State goverments' undemocratic policy of inviting mass immigration from interstate and overseas. This needs to be exposed. The article, as stands, makes it look as if kangaroos are for some bizarre reason invading the city. This is grossly unfair and quite callous. The casual references to darting and euthanasia gloss over a completely avoidable problem that breaks the hearts of many Australians who just want the suburban expansion and its destruction of nature to stop.

Animalia's Michelle Thomas gives koala mouth to mouth in night rescue

New article, "Video: Koala Accident Investigation - Update on Sean the Koala," looks at Sean's movements before the accident and what he was doing crossing highways. Michelle Thomas, Director of Animalia Wildlife Shelter, was once again in the news for her kindness to wildlife. This time she gave 'mouth to nose' to a very cute young koala, whose neck was accidentally caught in his rescue lasso. The rescue involved the fire brigade and was filmed by Steven Kuiter. See video inside.

Gympie Regional Council ‘Wild Dog’ Plan Ill-informed

A spokesperson for the National Dingo Preservation and Recovery Program (NDPRP) today,Thursday, August 21st, 2014, expressed concern and disappointment that the Gympie Regional Council appears to have exercised no independence of thought in adopting a ‘Wild Dog’ control plan, which is ill-informed and based largely on prejudice.

Dingo advocates fear QPWS sliding back into old patterns of dingo mismanagement

President of the National Dingo Preservation and Recovery Program, and animal research ethics expert, Dr Ian Gunn, stated today, Wednesday 20 August, 2014, that the recent destruction of three sub-adult dingoes on Fraser Island for an alleged ‘savage’ attack is a poor reflection upon the new Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service dingo management strategy.

Ukrainian soldiers switch sides and join the Donetsk People’s Republic

Republished from Global Research, RIA Novosti. See also: Serbian Volunteers Destroy Ukrainian Artillery in Donetsk Region (12/8/14, RIA Novosti), Donetsk Militia Defend Ilovaisk, Ukrainian Armed Forces Sustain Losses (15/8/14, RIA Novosti), Moscow Slams Kiev's Use of Aircraft, Heavy Weaponry Against Civilians as Unacceptable (15/8/14, RIA Novosti).

DONETSK – Ukrainian servicemen largely switch sides to join the independence supporters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, DPR’s Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko said Saturday.

“One of the commanders of the 25th Airborne Brigade took his infantry combat vehicle and switched to our side. As of today, he has assumed command of the troop. And such cases are numerous,” Zakharchenko said, adding he expected more brigades to yield themselves prisoners.

New York Times discovers Kiev's Neo-Nazis at war in Eastern Ukraine

See also: Steven Seagal plays at concert for pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine, 10 August in the Guardian. This article is republished from Global Research article of 11 August. The New York Times article linked to below is here. - Ed

The New York Times reported almost in passing on Sunday that the Ukrainian government's offensive against ethnic Russian rebels in the east has unleashed far-right paramilitary militias that have even raised a neo-Nazi banner over the conquered town of Marinka, just west of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

That might seem like a big story – a U.S.-backed military operation, which has inflicted thousands of mostly civilian casualties, is being spearheaded by neo-Nazis. But the consistent pattern of the mainstream U.S. news media has been – since the start of the Ukraine crisis – to white-out the role of Ukraine's brown-shirts.

Only occasionally is the word "neo-Nazi" mentioned and usually in the context of dismissing this inconvenient truth as "Russian propaganda." Yet the reality has been that neo-Nazis played a key role in the violent overthrow of elected President Viktor Yanukovych last February as well as in the subsequent coup regime holding power in Kiev and now in the eastern offensive.

Time for a complete review of immigration - Sustainable Population Australia

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) today called on the Federal Government to undertake a complete review of immigration into Australia in light of claims of widespread rorting of the system.

Plans to build $500 million Chinese theme park on NSW Central Coast bushland

See also: comment Opposed to $500 million Chinese theme park for NSW Central Coast (10/8/14) by the Australia First Party.

The Wyong Shire Council on NSW's Central Coast, has given its approval for the construction of the "Chappypie China Time" theme park to be built on 15.7 hectares of bushland at Warnervale. The bushland was sold to the Australia Chinese Theme Park Pty Ltd (ACTP) for $10 million. A short presentation by the Wyong Shire council to promote the Theme Park is shown below:

Aren't Australian Aboriginals both the descendents of migrants and the victims of mass migration?

See also: Latino Child Migrants Encouraged by Lax US Enforcement - Analyst (16 Aug 14) and Illegal Immigration Threatening US Citizens (4 Aug 14) on RiaNovosti.

There is talk of changing the Australian constitution to recognise Australian Aborigines and 'create a power for their advancement'. There is tragic irony in both this belated recognition and Australia's continuing extreme population growth. What right do successive Australian Governments have to impose a strategy of perpetual dispossession on an entire nation of people; regardless of their degree of Aboriginality?

Video: Crimean prosecutor's many international fans frustrate sanction attempts by NATO countries

See also: The Myth of Russian Aggression (NEO, 3/8/14), US, NATO Support the Ukrainian Army’s Bloody Offensive (GR, 3/8/14).

Brave Crimean prosecutor, Natalya Poklonskaya, was offered her job after several men refused such a dangerous position. She showed leadership when Crimeans wanted to quit Ukraine, saying that the will of the people was the only rule of law. She became an involuntary internet sensation, however, because of her passion and beauty as she delivered her defense of democracy at a press conference. Her looks and gutsy presentation inspired admiring anime-style images throughout the world, gaining her overwhelming popularity, particularly in Japan. NATO policy makers, however, seem impervious to her honest message and she is now among forty officials put on a sanctions list by Tokyo. This can probably only extend her popular impact because she is already seen, rightly, as an iconic heroine battling fascists.

Syrian refugees keen to return to Syria, helped by Mother Agnes Mariam

It is good to hear that Syrian refugees are coming back home to Syria. Before the present conflicts, Syria was host to many refugees from other countries, including Iraq, as a result of foreign interference in the region. Although the government-held regions are safe, new refugees were created in 'rebel' occupied areas of Syria, where atrocities seem to have known absolutely no bounds. But Syrians want to come back to Syria, and most Syrians want to keep the government, as was shown by the massive voting in favour of Bashar Al Assad in the recent elections, by expatriates and Syrians in Syria. Mother Agnes Mariam, who has remained a firm and identifyable force for good in the awful Syrian conflicts, heads the Mussalaha Reconciliation Initiative in Syria (of which there is an Australian branch). One of their main messages is to say that foreign powers need to stop interfering in the Syrian conflicts because they are making it worse - all having their own agendas.

Responsibility for MH17 Tragedy: Russia's Trade Sanctions Expose West's "Global Disorder"

A report by the Sydney Morning Herald titled, "Julie Bishop says 'petulant' Russian sanctions reflect its lack of acceptance for role in MH17 disaster," claims that Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Russia's "petulant" trade sanctions on Australian food imports is yet another example of Moscow trying to evade responsibility for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. No evidence for Bishop's position is provided. (See also: Malaysian Mainstream Media: MH17 was downed by a Military Aircraft, "Cannon Fire from Fighter Jet". Article by Tony Cartalucci, previously published 8/8/14 on the Land Destroyer Report and Global Research.)

Video: The Transport Crisis in the Frankston Area: Economy, Ecology and Social Connectedness by Ian Hundley

Video added inside. Headings in this highly informative paper include: How people get to Frankston Station, Social needs and mobility, The household transport cost burden, Peninsula Link, East West Link, The VicRoads Point Nepean Road Study, The Container Port at Hastings, The Cranbourne/Pakenham rail corridor project, and remarks on Road Spending. Only about 0.6% of Frankston residents who travel to work, work in locations that would be accessed by the Napthine government's proposed East West link, if they chose to drive. Poor frequency of service is a major issue in Frankston and on the Peninsula for bus services. The Stony Point train service is in danger of death through neglect and indifference if its service frequency is not improved and locals do not mobilise to support it. Local government can and should play a major advocacy role in this space.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt speaks fluent nonsense to Kelvin Thomson on population, plus comments

On the 13th of May Environment Minister Greg Hunt purportedly answered a simple question about Australia's dangerous and undemocratic population growth put to him by Kelvin Thomson. Minister Hunt's response should be a source of great concern for all Australians. It shows no respect for the very serious consequence to democracy or the environment of continuous population growth. The response is cavalier and disrespectful to Australians who have major and justifiable concerns on this matter. Below we quote the short dialogue in Hansard, and then we publish two observant comments about the Minister's failure to take the question seriously.

Video: Malcolm Fraser says US and NATO wrong on Russia - interview by Oksana Boyko on Russia Today

Malcolm Fraser describes US/NATO moves on Ukraine as provocative. Russian stance justified. America feels it can break international law. The West should not, under any circumstances, involve itself militarily in the affairs of Crimea, Ukraine. Ukraine should be free to make whatever economic relationships it likes with other countries, whether with Russia or the West or both, but it should not become part of a defence bloc, a military block, and therefore [...] should not be eligible to join NATO, which Russia would reasonably interpret as provocative. Agrees that most Australian politicians showing poor judgement on Ukraine, Putin. Thinks this is partly influenced by mass media through deliberate slant.

Snowden granted 3-yr residence permit in Russia - lawyer

Edward Snowden has received a residence permit in Russia, which is valid for three years, starting on August 1, the former NSA contractor’s lawyer announced. A letter from the US Prosecutor General’s office to the Russian Ministry of Justice has been dismissed as insufficient grounds for handing Snowden over to the US. Article republished from http://rt.com/news/178680-snowden-stay-russia-residence/

Broken Borders

While the media and political debates focus on cracking down on boat people, Fairfax media have exposed that rampant visa fraud is happening. It's a multifaceted yarn. Up to 9 in 10 skilled migrant visas are bogus.

Militants are suspects in visa frauds. Afghan applicants 90% flawed!

Syrians say UN ignoring major atrocities in order to favor rebels

The video and letters here testify to eye-witness documentation of atrocities in Syria which Mussalaha Reconciliation Initiative in Syria spokespersons complain were ignored by the UN because they were committed by so-called ‘moderates’ supported by the US and or Saudi Arabia. The crimes ignored were so bad and so big that this accusation points to corruption in the UN on an alarming scale. Although the article summarises their content, the original letters relating to the complaint to the UN are included here. They are also published on the AMRIS site.

Hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers desert US-backed Kiev and flee to Russia in chaotic civil war

Includes as Appendix Crimes against Humanity in Donbass: Ukraine Government Uses Ballistic Missile against its Own People (6/8/14) with embedded video Village of Shakhtyorsk, August 4, Scherbakov Street (English subtitles) See also: Will Putin Realize That Russia Holds The Cards? (6/8/14) by Paul Craig Roberts

More than 430 Ukrainian soldiers (the US/NATO/Australia-backed government forces - NOT separatists) have crossed into Russia and asked for shelter in past day or so. This follows Kiev's claims the army was about to win the war against anti-government forces in East Ukraine. The Kiev Government has failed to pay its soldiers. They say they have nothing to eat and have run out of ammunition. Local people have refused to feed them because of their brutal behaviour towards civilians in this civil war and the Poroshenko Ukrainian Government is leaving them to starve. The soldiers say they had no alternative but to go to Russia. What does this say about the Poroshenko regime that Australia and US/NATO are backing and what does it say about Russia? What does it say about the Australian mainstream media's failure to report the atrocities of the Poroshenko-Kiev regime against East Ukraine?

Study finds logging increased intensity of Black Saturday fires

The heat and severity of Kinglake and Marysville fires that killed 159 people on Black Saturday was significantly increased by clear-fell logging of forests, scientists believe.

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