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‘ONE STOP SHOP’ WILL WEAKEN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

TONY ABBOTT AGAINST environmental protection

PLACES YOU LOVE MEDIA RELEASE November 13, 2013

The Prime Minister’s move to sign memoranda of understandings to hand environmental powers to the state and territory governments will weaken environmental protection, environmental organisations warned today.

The Places You Love alliance, which represents more than 40 environmental groups are also concerned by agreements the Commonwealth has already signed with Queensland and NSW.

The Federal Government is demonstrating through the implementation of these plans that it is intent on weakening environmental protection in this country. The government’s actions this week show its deep disregard for the environment and expert scientific advice. This was demonstrated by their choice of politics over science in choosing to disallow two important threatened ecological community nominations, the “River Murray and associated wetlands, floodplains and groundwater systems, from the junction of the Darling River to the sea”, along with the “Wetlands and inner floodplains of the Macquarie Marshes” which were proposed to be listed as critically endangered communities under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Topping this off was the approval of the world’s biggest coal port at Abbot Point and adding another massive gas processing plant at Gladstone, all in the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It’s also threatening to revoke the new Tasmania forest World Heritage Area.

“Cash-strapped states don’t have the resources to run rigorous environmental approval processes. Just this year the Western Australian Supreme Court ruled that the WA Government had acted illegally in approving the proposed gas plant at James Price Point in the Kimberley.

“State governments are also watering down laws that protect our precious environment, our wildlife and clean air and water.

“The Victorian Government wants to allow cows back into the Alpine National Park, the Queensland Government is amending laws to allow more land clearing, NSW will allow the burning of native forests for electricity and Queensland is revoking the Wild River declarations that protect some of the last free-flowing rivers on the planet.”

“Without federal powers to override the states, the Franklin River, the Daintree Rainforest and Fraser Island would have been destroyed, and the Great Barrier Reef would be dotted with oil rigs.

“The vast majority of Australian ‑ 85 per cent ‑ said the Federal Government should be able to block or make changes to major projects that could damage the environment, according to a Lonergan Research poll.

“The Senate Committee inquiry into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 found this year that environmental standards would be put at risk if federal approval powers were delegated, and that duplication in federal-state approval processes is minimal. No existing state or territory legislation currently meets the suite of standards necessary to effectively protect matters of national environmental significance.”

 

For further comment contact:

Wilderness Society National Campaigner Glen Klatovsky on 0410 482 243

For more information, contact Wilderness Society media adviser Alex Tibbitts on 0416 420 168

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140 JOURNOS AND CITIZEN JOURNALISM

140 Journos Citizen Journalism

TURKEY – 140 Journos is a good example of why internet and social media freedoms are important if you want to get uncensored news. According to 2012 Prison Census by the Committee to Protect Journalists, Turkey is the leading country with 49 journalists imprisoned and China is in third place with 32. At the moment newspapers, TV channels and radio stations are also heavily controlled in Turkey. With conventional media debilitated, social media became indispensable. I read this article about 140 Journos on Columbia Journalism Review by Deirdre Dlugoleski and wanted to share with you.

In a 2011 court case in Diyarbakır, Turkey, a student is on trial for membership in a terrorist organization. The case is legally open to the public, but no journalists are present in the small, cramped courtroom. After several hours, one of the police officers perusing his Twitter account outside discovers that someone is tweeting updates from the trial. He marches in during a break and angrily forbids the unknown user from covering proceedings. When the Tweets continue, the officer informs the judge, who also insists the tweets stop. CONTINUE READING

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TRAYVON MARTIN vs ZIMMERMAN CASE IS A FAILURE OF LAW AND JUSTICE

Trayvon Martin Zimmerman

AMERICA – In Trayvon Martin vs Zimmerman case, defendant’s lawyers managed establish ‘doubt’ about the details of the confrontation. Their defense was built on getting the jury to focus on the fight that occurred just before he shot the unarmed, 17 year old Trayvon Martin, and jurors ‘overlooked’ on the events that antedated the crime.

However, his attorneys cannot erase Zimmerman’s final conversations with  911 dispatcher.

Zimmerman called the 911 dispatcher after seeing Martin walking back to his father’s home from a store, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something,” he said. CONTINUE READING

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ANOTHER DAY GOES BY WITHOUT HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOM

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TURKEY – Although, the international media is now turning a blind eye, the citizens of Turkey are still on the streets, protesting against the oppression of freedom and demanding the human rights not to be abused anymore by the totalitarian Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP rule. On the other hand the government keeps pushing the oppression to new heights.

Yesterday (13 July 2013) there were demonstrations from Istanbul to Antakya all over Turkey. Last night police have fired water cannons and tear gas to the several thousand protesters gathered on Istanbul’s İstiklal Avenue to protest a midnight bill adopted this week by the Parliament which curbed the supervision of the Chamber of Architects and Engineers (TMMOB) in all urban projects, giving full authority to the Environment and Urban Planning Ministry. Some shop owners also threateningly attacked with batons reporters an protesters chased the protesters into the side streets by the police. CONTINUE READING

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JOURNALISTS PROTESTED VIOLENCE AND CENSORSHIP

Journalists Turkey Protest

TURKEY – On Friday 12 July 2013, hundreds of journalists rallied to slam the violence and censorship during recent anti-government demonstrations. Gathering under the banner of the “Journalists Platform” they came together at Galatasaray Square at 7 p.m. to protest what they termed the continual violence, pressure and threats they have faced at the hands of the police since the Gezi Park protests began in late May. They also demanded the release of their colleagues who are in prison.

The journalists marched behind a banner of penguins in a direct jibe at CNNTürk, which became the target of widespread ridicule and sarcasm at the beginning of the protests in late May when it chose to air a documentary on penguins rather than cover the demonstrations. CNNTürk’s penguins were subsequently adopted as a symbol of self-censorship that many news organizations, particularly the mainstream media, demonstrated during the initial stages of the protests. CONTINUE READING

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ARE ALİ İSMAİL KORKMAZ’S MURDERERS REALLY UNIDENTIFIED?

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TURKEY – A security camera footage from the street where Ali İsmail Korkmaz was assaulted displays what was going on moments before he was attacked.

According to expert witness report 18 minutes of the recording, including when Korkmaz was beaten up, had been erased. CONTINUE READING

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AUSTRALIANS URGED TO VOTE FOR JULIAN ASSANGE

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AUSTRALIA – British MP and founder of the Respect Party George Galloway has encouraged the Australian people to vote for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the country’s coming Senate elections.

Galloway addressed the Australian people in Sydney, during a speech broadcast on Press TV.

“I want to remind you that in the Senate elections’ forthcoming year in this state, you have the possibility of casting a vote, which will affect international politics at the highest level. If you elect Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, a senator for New South Wales, you will cause absolute chaos in the British and American governments, and wouldn’t that be a fine thing,” he said. CONTINUE READING

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WOMAN’S WORK

ALESSIO ROMENZI

SYRIA – He finally wrote to me. After more than a year of freelancing for him, during which I contracted typhoid fever and was shot in the knee, my editor watched the news, thought I was among the Italian journalists who’d been kidnapped, and sent me an email that said: “Should you get a connection, could you tweet your detention?”

That same day, I returned in the evening to a rebel base where I was staying in the middle of the hell that is Aleppo, and amid the dust and the hunger and the fear, I hoped to find a friend, a kind word, a hug. Instead, I found only another email from Clara, who’s spending her holidays at my home in Italy. She’s already sent me eight “Urgent!” messages. Today she’s looking for my spa badge, so she can enter for free. The rest of the messages in my inbox were like this one: “Brilliant piece today; brilliant like your book on Iraq.” Unfortunately, my book wasn’t on Iraq, but on Kosovo. CONTINUE READING

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POLICE SEARCH HOUSES OF TAKSİM SOLIDARITY PLATFORM MEMBERS

Takism Dayanışma Platformu Taksim Solidarity Platform

TURKEY – Police are searching the houses of representatives of the Taksim Solidarity Platform, which has also has called on prosecutors to release 48 protesters – including their leading figures – who were detained on July 8 in the fierce police intervention in Gezi Park. The platform has been standing against the redevelopment plans for the park from the beginning, and was involved in the initial protests that sparked the nation-wide anti-government demonstrations at the end of May.

Police started a search in the house of the recently detained Secretary of the Chamber of Architects Mücella Yapıcı, as well as eight other addresses linked to other Taksim Solidarity Platform members, the group announced. CONTINUE READING

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AKP CURBS THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHAMBERS SUPPORTING GEZİ PROTESTS

Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architechs AKP

TURKEY – The Justice and Development Party (AKP) votes ensured the passing of a late-night bill regarding occupational chambers in the June 9 parliamentary session. The move was interpreted by most of the community as a payback for the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architechs’ (TMMOB) vocal support for the ongoing Gezi movement.

The unforeseen proposal, which removes the TMMOB from any involvement in city planning processes and their authority to approve plans, raised concern from opposition benches, with main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy group leader Akif Hamzaçebi describing the proposal as “part of government’s witch hunt over Gezi Park.”  CONTINUE READING

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