Peoples Climate Mobilisation – September 21

Peoples Climate Mobilisation, September 21, 2014

Tonight I was at a meeting to organise an event here in Perth as part of a global action to coincide with the UN Climate Summit in New York on September 21.

The message for the event is simple and clear, we want a safe climate future. 

To achieve this, we call for:
1) Tony Abbott to put real climate action on the G20 agenda.
2) A strong Renewable Energy Target and timeline for 100% Renewable Energy.
3) No new coal or gas projects. 

Find out more about the Perth event here.

Click here for information about other Peoples Climate events around the global.

Also keep your eyes on the #PeoplesClimate and #WorthSaving tags across social media, as they will be used extensively by this campaign.

Australia needs to create more jobs. #100daysofblogging #Day61

Unemployment + Participation Rate in AustraliaThere are not enough jobs to go around in Australia, and that is a serious problem if you are one of the 740,000+ people looking for work.

While Liberal Party MP’s are always on about ‘getting people into jobs’,  this is proving to be nothing more than ‘political rhetoric’ under the current government.

You simply can not reduce unemployment without creating new jobs. Instead they use victim-blaming as a way to win votes, without actually doing anything to create jobs or reduce unemployment.

In fact it seems the Liberal Party do not understand how to create jobs.

You do not create jobs by withholding unemployment payments. You do not create jobs by forcing unemployed people people to apply for 40 jobs per month. You do not create jobs by forcing government control over spending by unemployed people.

You do not create jobs by forcing mature, highly qualified or skilled workers to take on unskilled roles that could be filled by younger, unskilled workers.

You do not create jobs by forcing unemployed people to work for below minimum wage in ‘work for the dole’ schemes, in fact they destroy jobs.

You create jobs through investment, particularly in innovation and infrastructure.  Continue reading Australia needs to create more jobs. #100daysofblogging #Day61

Do the double dissolution with me #100daysofblogging #Day16

Is Climate Change Crap?
Image Credit: Fiona Katauskas

Today the upper house of the Australian Parliament, the Senate, voted down the Liberal Party’s absurd proposal to disband the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

This gave the Abbott Government it’s first potential ‘trigger’ for a Double Dissolution election, which it had been threatening to force since failing to win a majority in both houses at the election last year.

The CEFC provides a critically important function in enabling Renewable Energy projects to get off the ground in Australia, investing $536M in 2013 and enabling projects worth more than $2bn to go ahead. These projects will generate abatements in excess of 3.8M tonnes of carbon emissions per year. Additionally the CEFC is profitable business in it’s own right, with a 7% profit achieved in its first 3 reporting quarters.

There are no ‘savings’ to be made by abandoning the CEFC.

Continue reading Do the double dissolution with me #100daysofblogging #Day16

LNP’s $500m decision – 1 drone or 1million solar homes? #100daysofblogging #day14

Australia spends big on militaryToday’s posts title pretty much sums it up. At last years election the LNP were promising a to contribute $500 toward installing solar at 1,000,000 Australian homes.

Why has this $500,000,000 renewable energy policy been dumped?

I don’t remember seeing them campaign on ‘building more drones’.  But there is at least $3,500,000,000 in the budget to buy 7 of them. That’s $500,000,000 per drone.

We do not need drones. We are not in the middle of a global war. We should never EVER ‘expect’ to be involved in such a war again.

If such a situation arose, conventional arms would matter little as intercontinental ballistic missiles loaded with chemical, biological or nuclear warheads would rapidly annihilate us all. This ‘mutual destruction’ guarantee has been in place for more than 50 years now. Continue reading LNP’s $500m decision – 1 drone or 1million solar homes? #100daysofblogging #day14

Patent Ending – Tesla opens up patents to competitors. #100daysofblogging #Day12

Tesla RoadsterYesterday one of the worlds leading technological innovators, Tesla Motors, announced it would open up free access to all of it’s technology patents.

I’ve never really been a fan of the patent-enforcement industry.

To me the idea of preventing a technological breakthrough from being used widely in society is counter-productive. The purpose of scientific discovery is not to line the pockets of investors, but to advance the efficiency and improve the lives of the whole human race, and indeed the lives of other animals too. So this is a smart move, in my opinion.

When a company as big as Tesla says the current patent system is not working, and genuinely does something to get around it, that sets a precedent. Continue reading Patent Ending – Tesla opens up patents to competitors. #100daysofblogging #Day12