Greens contingent at Sunday’s Pride March

My first Pride March for five years, and I’m glad to say it’s still going very strong, despite being comprehensively rained on.

Our Greens contingent, though not our largest I’ve seen, was still lively and we got heaps of cheers, walking under our All Love is Equal banner.  And we had the most parliamentarians – Adam Bandt, Sue Pennicuik and Greg Barber.

So glad we were all there – it’s a major event for the year for the Greens, the only parliamentary party really standing for human rights.

The Greens contingent at Pride 2012

Janet, Michelle and Adele, as we head off

Our All Love is Equal banner

Triangles with Greg in background

Darebin Greens - Michael Little and me

Post-rain, with Dinesh Mathew

What’s wrong with Ferguson’s National Nuclear Waste Management Bill – speech

Speech to ACE Collective Rally outside Ferguson’s office, 30 April 2010 By Alex Bhathal, Greens candidate for Batman

It’s been two months since we were last here outside our local member’s office, although there’s been a few other community groups here in between times, keeping our seats warm for us!

In these two months, there have been quite a few developments around Martin Ferguson’s National Radioactive Waste Management legislation:

  • The Senate Inquiry has held its two public hearings, and as we know, is due to hand down its report today.
  • The plight of the owners of Muckaty Station has attracted the interest of human rights lawyers who believe there’s a legal basis on which to challenge the site’s nomination process.
  • There’s growing awareness amongst the general public about Ferguson’s legislation and what it means.
  • And of course, elders from the Muckaty Station lands have travelled the length of the country in an attempt to get a fair hearing.

In the past two months, I’ve learnt quite a bit more about the Muckaty Station site and have followed the Senate hearings closely.  Some of what has transpired in this time really shocked me. Continue reading

Nuclear Waste Management Bill in Senate this Wednesday

The National Radioactive Waste Management legislation is due to go before the Senate, this coming Wednesday 8th Feb.

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Late February marks the second anniversary of the introduction of Commonwealth Minister for Energy and Resources Martin Ferguson’s new National Radioactive Waste Management Bill, which is an identikit of the previous Howard government legislation, only even more draconian.

Diane Stokes and other Traditional Owners from Muckaty Station outside Ferguson's office in October 2010. After travelling 2000 kms to talk with him, they found themselves shut out of his office on the grounds they had not made an appointment. When I heard, I came over to meet with them and pledged to do whatever I could to stop the legislation from passing.

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I’m a social worker and mother of two from Preston, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.  I am involved in the Australian Greens, currently serving as inaugural Convenor of the Global Greens Women’s Network.

I’m active in social justice and human rights advocacy, and in working for the environment.

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