Friday, 22 March 2013
An open letter to Prime Minister Julia Gillard,
Dear Ms Gillard,
While there are those born between the appropriate years for which you apologised regarding forcible adoptions who are grateful for your apology we note there are many flaws.
1/ As a legal professional you would be aware that your apology carries no legal weight.
2/ Your apology lacks the commitment to reparations for the harm done to the Children and families of that era.
3/ Did you fail to notice that the practice of forced adoptions in fact never ended? There are currently 39000 Children in Out of Home Care in NSW. They are taken PRIOR TO JUDICIAL PROCESS by an out of control Human Services Department which have masqueraded for decades as acting in the best interests of children-the same lies which caused the adoptions you just apologised for.
There is something you can do. You can end the travesty of State Child Abduction in Australia. You can Federalise responsibility for Child Protection AND Shut down all State Child Protection Services. You can introduce TRANSPARENCY to the New Federal Child Protection Agency by insisting on video recordings of all interviews with Children Parents and professionals in relation to each case- AND- you can introduce laws which apply the Evidence Act to all cases. Yes, they should be heard in the Federal Family Court-after a revamp.
To enact these changes may absolve a future government of the burden of making an empty and meaningless apology as you have just done,
The ALP showed us this:
If dear leader Julia Gillard should fall over or quit ,nobody is prepared to lead the Labor Party into the political wilderness on September 14th.
Saturday, 16 March 2013
So here it is. The Stop T4 Rally and Street Parade is this Saturday. To make it a huge success we need you ! We really hope you’ll be there on Saturday and that you’re bringing your family and all of your friends. It’ll be loads of fun and a great opportunity to hang out with awesome people but in terms of its persuasive power, it’s the sheer number of people in attendance that will make a difference. Your presence on Saturday will put pressure on key decision makers. Come and be counted. The rally follows the release of the 'Coal Dust in our Suburbs' report. The report shows houses in Newcastle and the Lower Hunter are exposed to particle pollution levels well above the national standard and high enough to cause asthma, respiratory and cardiovascular impairment, hospital admissions and premature death. If approved, T4 will be a public health nightmare. The rally will call on the NSW Government to reject T4 because of the unacceptable risks T4 poses for community and environmental health. Your support has already made a difference and together we can stop T4.
See you on Saturday - 10am, Customs House Newcastle!
Hunter Community Environment Centre
On behalf of
the Coal Terminal Action Group www.hcec.org.au 'Coal Dust in Our Suburbs' report
Recent developments People may know that that decision came down on 27 February. The decision was not the favourable decision for our case (found for the Council in that case). On the same day the High Court released its decision on another case, the "Monis" case, that also considered the extent of the right to freedom of political communication. The court was evenly split so the previous decision of the lower court was upheld, being that Monis' appeal was unsuccessful: Monis unsuccessfully appealed charges against him on the basis that the law under which he was charged was not compatible with the implied right to freedom of political communication. Essentially, the High Court decisions are not immediately helpful to our case as both decisions did not amount to an expanded view of the implied right to the freedom of political communication. However, there are also numerous parts of the decisions that the Judge in our case may accept as relevant and supportive to our case. People may be interested in these links to commentary on the two cases: - http://www.hrlc.org.au/high-court-decision-highlights-lack-of-protections-for-free-speech http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lawreport/freedom-of-speech-in-australia/4557962 - http://humanrights.gov.au/legal/publications/2013-casenote-freedom-expression.html Links to the full decisions: - http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/2013/3.html - http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/2013/4.html Developments with the OS case The Judge in the OS Fed Crt case, Katzmann J, invited the lawyers to make further submissions regarding our arguments in respect of the two High Court decisions. The lawyers have been working to make submissions to highlight the parts of the decisions that are helpful to our case, and to respond to parts of the decisions that may not be so helpful. The lawyers will make these submissions by today 15 March 2013. The Council will then respond by 29 March 2013. The Judge will consider the submissions and then hand down her decision at some point. Regarding the charges in the Local Court The Fed Crt case decision will not likely be before 4 APRIL 2013 when the 14 people with outstanding charges from OS will be back in the Downing Centre Local Court. If the decision is not handed down before 4 April 2013, as per before, unless anyone changes their mind about this strategy, the lawyers for the 14 people will ask for the matters to be postponed once more until after the decision comes out (as the Fed Crt decision will likely affect the charges in the Local Court). It is likely that the court and police will agree given that the Fed Crt decision should come out sooner rather than later, and given the numerous postponements to date. If the decision is made before 4 April 2013, Ramy, Eamonn and I will contact the 14 people regarding the decision and to discuss what people would like to do on 4 April. We offer our continuing commitment to offering and facilitating legal support and solidarity as best we can.
To contact the Occupy Sydney Legals team please email firstname.lastname@example.org for contact nos
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
The many profound discussions of our economic future. At Occupy Sydney the concern is that these discussions start from an economics basis and would result at best in an Economics driven society.
We consider society as the starting point and look forward to your vjsion of a socially driven economy. What will success look like?
In Sydney join us Saturdays 1pm for Occupy Society Based Economics Forum...
Saturday, 9 March 2013
Police officers globally should consider whether following their superiors orders are legal and ethical . If you do not consider those orders ethical or legal your duty is to disobey.
Police Brutality in NSW is a growing community concern. Uncharged cops have got off scot free even on the taser killing of Brazilian student Robert Curti
On October 23 2011 at about 5-30am NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch lead over 100 Riot Cops in a premeditated attack on peacefully sleeping Occupy Sydney Protesters. Under his command and on his orders Riot and other police arrested many Occupiers for alleged infringement offences. These offences do not provide police with the option of arrest. Yet arrests occurred. What were Police orders? Why did they so blatantly disregard and exceed the laws they are paid to uphold? Why are many Occupiers still subject to bail today?
Friday, 8 March 2013
The policing of the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras was under the command of Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch. Murdoch is gaining a reputation as the guy in charge when incidents of police thuggery happen. He was also in command of the infamous attack by NSW police on sleeping Occupy Sydney protesters on October 23rd 2011. He was also in command of the infamous attack by NSW police on sleeping Occupy Sydney protesters on October 23rd 2011.
Some Questions you may consider about Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch
- Why are Police under his direct command involved in multiple incidents of Police Brutality against protesters ??
- What impact does Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch's instructions to his command have on officers?
- Does the Assistant Commissioner have an appropriate MenHealth State to command major police operations where public safety is a factor?
The actions of Police at Mardi Gras have so outraged a close personal friend of the Assistant Commissioner that she called by Occupy today to give us his phone number. We don't have her name but she urged us to give you his number so you can call him personally to express your outrage. 0402 890 595.
Snap Rally against Police Brutality at Taylor Sq 6pm Friday 8th March.