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Great Barrier Reef Politics

by Binoy Kampmark

Great Barrier ReefAustralia’s environment has been in precarious hands since European settlement found its lengthy and persistent way to the continent.  It has been mined, mauled, drained, farmed, deforested and despoiled at a rate that was only restrained by the size of its small but rapacious populace.  When environmental matters have made an appearance, they have done so with a veil of political opportunism.  Few typify this more than Labor’s environment minister Senator Graham Richardson’s efforts regarding the Tasmanian forests.  To win over the conservation-minded voter in marginal, city-based seats, it was good to go green – at least for a bit.

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Should Australia assist in US Attacks on Iran?

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Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN)

27 JULY 2018

“Whilst hoping that it may be inaccurate, IPAN is disturbed at the news that the USA is planning an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. It is outraged at the report that Australia probably will be actively involved in this planning,” said Nick Deane, National Committee member of the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network.

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Coles's plastic giveaway toys sparks outrage

by Lyn Longo

Coles CollectiblesA week ago, I spent some $60 ish at our local Coles and was offered two “Free Collectibles.” Thinking it was another desperate attempt to bribe parents and grandparents to shop there instead of Woolworths I accepted. The packs of animals they offered previously were reasonably informative for children and fairly innocuous if one remembered it was a ploy to beat the opposition.

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Film Clip: It's Time To Raise Newstart

A 60-person choir, which includes unemployed people, pensioners, single parents, and workers who believe in a “fair go” for job-seekers, has formed to rework the iconic “It's Time” theme song, used by the Labor Party and Gough Whitlam in the 1972 federal election. Drawing influence from the sentiment of the classic jingle, the choir released this music video to tell the nation that it’s time to take raise Newstart.

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The nuclear weapon ban treaty and North Korea

by Richard Broinowski *
Notes of his talk at the ICAN sponsored public meeting - "The Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty", held in Adelaide, July 7.

Where from Here on Disarmament? What was decided in Singapore? Does North Korea have to disarm its nuclear arsenal immediately, or gradually and sequentially as China suggests?

Will the US insist on complete, verifiable and irreversible (CVI) disarmament before even beginning to lift sanctions? The Chinese want sequential disarmament matched by a series of guarantees from the US.

Washington hawks want complete and utter disarmament before any sanctions are lifted. Only time will tell which occurs.

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