Climate Sceptics Now Want To be Known as “The Freedom and Prosperity Party” [#1984] [#geekgirl]
The No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics has applied to change its registered name to Freedom and Prosperity Party. http://t.co/XDkZZitQfr
— AEC (@AusElectoralCom) December 12, 2013
Judge #Gender Diversity Threatened By #OneTermTony [#geekgirl]
[From this Sydney Morning Herald article]: ‘A senior NSW judge has warned there are ”worrying signs” the Abbott government is winding back measures to promote greater gender diversity on the bench and called for vigilance to ensure hard-won advancements for female lawyers are not lost.
Ruth McColl, who has served on the Court of Appeal for more than a decade, said changes introduced by the former Labor government to improve the transparency of the appointment process for federal judges appeared to have been scrapped by the Coalition.
”The aim of the process was to ensure the evolution of the federal judiciary into one that better reflected the diversity of the Australian community,” Justice McColl said in a speech in Sydney on Thursday night.
”That position has now changed. According to the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department website as at 22 February, 2014: ‘There are no current judicial appointment processes’ for any of the federal courts. Read what you like into that rather Delphic statement.”’
#OneTermTony’s “Wimp” Comments about #NoMoralsMorrison [#geekgirl] [#threewordslogans]
You don’t want a wimp running border protection, you want someone who is strong, who is decent and Scott Morrison is both strong and decent.” – One Term Tony
Mr Morrison also did not explain why it took until Saturday night to confirm conclusively that Mr Berati had died inside the centre.
“As time goes on the picture becomes clearer,” he said.
He declined to comment on whether he believed that Mr Berati was necessarily behaving in a “riotous” manner, or the behaviour of G4S staff at the time of the incident.
“I’m not going to speculate,” he said.
Mr Morrison said these questions would be determined by an independent review and police investigation.
Mr Morrison said Mr Berati’s body was in the process of being sent to Port Moresby and would undergo an autopsy.
Mr Morrison said he had faith in the PNG justice system and would not comment on whether it was appropriate to have allowed G4S guards to watch over Mr Berati’s body despite also potentially being subjects of an investigation.
“These centres by definition will always be tense places because people don’t want to be there,” he said.Mr Morrison said the government was in control of the Manus Island centre.
“The centre is under control as we speak right now,” he said. “Within hours of this incident taking place, the centre resumed operations.”
Mr Morrison also quashed reports the government was considering closing the PNG detention centre.
“The Manus Island processing centre will remain under this government,” he said.”
The Story of #Cosmetics [#geekgirl]
Now #Abbott Plans to Destroy #Tasmania’s Forests…. [#GRRR] [#geekgirl]
[From the sumofus.org] "It’s not often that environmentalists, the timber industry and unions agree on forests -- but now Tony Abbott wants to shred their landmark agreement to protect Tasmania’s forests. In just a few days, the government will ask the World Heritage Committee to strip Tasmania’s forests of their protection -- and we can’t let this happen.
It’s less than one year since Tasmania’s forests were given the highest level of protection. Green groups and the timber industry still support the agreement -- and even the Forestry Industry Association is asking the government not to interfere. But Abbott’s determined to undo this historic agreement to save the forests, unless we can show him the public won’t accept it."
[From an article at Kotaku] '"As a woman in game development, I have only so much political capital to spend before I get dismissed as a chick, [as] crazy, hysterical, shrill, stupid, not a real woman, not a real gamer," one developer tells me. After six years in the industry, she says, "I've been soaking in it so long, I mistrust my own internal calibration."'
“The parliament tonight is in chaos…” [#geekgirl]
And with those words Tony Burke (Watson, NSW), the Manager of Opposition Business said what many were thinking.
That comment came at 10:27 Tuesday 10 December, when the Government used their numbers to gag debate, silence dissent and ram through legislation.
We currently have a completely incompetent government which is trying to tell us that “no” means “yes”, and this is damaging to our democracy.
The following exchange came barely 10 minutes after Mr Burke declared the parliament was in chaos. It is blatant example of the Speaker (Liberal MP, Bronwyn Bishop), changing reality to benefit the Government, of which she is a member.
No More Free Range Eggs in Queensland [#geekgirl]
[From Eco Voice] “The Queensland government has quietly brought about changes to state regulations that will now ensure the end of true free range egg production in Queensland. The recent change to regulations of free range eggs, lifting the number of hens allowed per hectare from 1,500 to 10,000.
The Queensland government has bowed to the pressure of the corporate giants and sold out Queensland family farms, the egg buying consumer and condemned hens to a life of factory farming misery.
Up until now, Queensland was applauded for their regulations that stipulated only 1,500 hens per hectare for free range farms. Queensland egg producers actually had an advantage over the other states that allowed higher stocking densities for free range hens. South Australia has just followed suit and developed a free range labelling system for producers, stocking hens at 1,500 or less per hectare. Given the public outrage over the industrialisation of free range egg production and the current position on this issue by the ACCC, we are appalled that the Queensland government has made this move.
The Queensland government has made a mockery of the Model Code of Practice and is effectively allowing the supermarket giants to act as regulators for the industry. There is no science and no social conscience behind the decision to destroy the Queensland free range egg industry.”
!?!? [Or, Monsanto = Pure Evil] [#geekgirl]
[From an article published by Upriser here]: “Indiana farmer must pay Monsanto $84,000 for planting second-hand seeds from crops Monsanto hold patents on. That’s right. If you plant soybeans from a soybeans you bought at a grocery store, there’s a good chance you’ll be infringing one of Monsanto’s patents – just like the Indiana farmer did – because Monsanto has a patent on over 80% of all soybeans in existence.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of biotech giant Monsanto, ordering Indiana farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman, 76, to pay Monsanto more than $84,000 for patent infringement for using second generation Monsanto seeds purchased second hand—a ruling which will have broad implications for the ownership of ‘life’ and farmers’ rights in the future.
The sources of the seeds Bowman purchased were mixed and were not labeled. However, some were patented Monsanto seeds. Now this 75 year old man has to pay Monsanto a small fortune for just doing what farmers have been doing for thousands of years – planting seeds from last years crops.”
“Democracy Has Been Suspended…” [#geekgirl]