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Climate Activists

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2009 Coal Blockade of Newcastle Harbour


Monday, December 5, 2011

Birds of a Feather at ESP gallery

Artist John Bayliss standing tall at the opening of his Extensions art exhibition at ESP gallery in Marrickville on the weekend while below his partner entertains the guests.

1/1/11 Not Very Novacastrian Behaviour by Newcastle Council

Novacastrians waiting in hope that councillors will vote to accept an offer of independent assessment before chopping down Laman Street figs. Their hopes are dashed and two ratepayers are allegedly pushed (including a 77 year old lady) by an anti-Laman fig councillor. See the short video filmed as it happened here More photos and video recorded on the night here

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Occupy Laman Street - Court Victory for Save Our Figs

The judgement in the Land and Environment Court to grant an injunction saving Laman Street figs against an immmediate tree felling order upholds democratic rights:

Finally, the respondents submit that relief should be refused on discretionary grounds because (a) officers of the applicant were engaged in acts of civil disobedience by breaching exclusion zones and perimeter fencing;

If the first point is factually correct, I do not regard it as weighty. In a democracy, the Court should be slow to countenance refusing interlocutory relief to which an applicant is otherwise entitled because it engaged in peaceful protest in a context where a respondent arguably was behaving unlawfully in its administrative decision - making. (my emphasis more here)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

V day for Lainey at Martin Place

On the last day before Occupy Sydney protestors were forcibly removed by police from Martin Place, Lainey who had come all the way from Brisbane for the protest, asked me to take these photos of her. What if ...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lock the Gate Anti CSG mining in Martin Place

Australia says no to Coal Seam Gas mining.

Family Guy at Martin Place

Occupy Sydney

Occupy Sydney Rally in Martin Place last weekend

99% country

Hands Up For Equality

Sunday, October 9, 2011

No Income Management Rally in Sydney

Marchers at the No Income Management Rally last Saturday in Bankstown, Sydney. Leaders such as Barbara Shaw (holding sign above) described the humiliation of Aboriginal people in Northern Territory caused by the government quarantining their income and forcing them to use a ration card. This income management will now be trialled on welfare recipients in Bankstown and other parts of Australia. Many speakers called for real jobs for disadvantaged Australians to end welfare dependency and poverty.

Above: No NT Intervention group rallying in Paul Keating Park in Bankstown to protest compulsory income management of welfare recipients and below spreading the message after the march. More at

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pop-up Protest at the Renovators TV show Auction

On Tuesday night 27th September during the Renovators TV show auction at 146 Addison Road in Marrickville, several concerned Sydney residents and activists staged an audacious protest against proposed coal seam gas mining in St Peters. When bidding had finished they brandished their placards yelling: "Coal seam gas mining will destroy your property values!". Security guards removed them from the premises but as they were leaving the program's producer said: "Look we are on your side but this is all got to be cut from the show." Many in the audience expressed support for the demonstrators.

According to organiser Paul Benedek: "Half a dozen Stop CSG activists (including Colin Ryan, Bill, Anne Jackson, John G, Josie and myself) attended 'The Renovators' auction at Addison Rd, just 2km from the proposed CSG site. When the auction was about to finish after only one bid, I raised the Stop CSG triangle, was asked if it was a bid, and said "it's a bid to Stop Coal Seam Gas!". We were kicked out but most people we passed congratulated us and the show's producer also said personally he supports our cause!'

Some of the protestors outside the auction on Addison Road. From left are Colin Ryan, Anne Jackson, Paul Benedek and Bill.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011