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I am standing for the National Board of Directors because I believe the AASW has huge potential to create a better future for this nation, by ensuring that our social work professional expertise and knowledge is a consistent presence in the media and in public policy. I see a future for the AASW and forContinue reading Why I’m running for the National AASW Board of Directors
I have arrived at the extremely difficult, heartbreaking decision that I must resign from the Greens, on principle. I have lost faith in the Party’s governance and I can no longer remain silent about the abuses of power and process that seem to be endemic within the organisation.
As health professionals, we took on tobacco and now we need to take on coal, because of the climate emergency. Continue reading We took on tobacco; now, we need to take on coal.
Shout out to Racoon Club in Preston and Fairyfields in Fairfield for protecting their staff by paying penalty rates. I’m pretty happy that I’m a customer at both of these local businesses. But I’m sure there must be other Darebin businesses who are doing the same. If you know of a local business which isContinue reading Darebin businesses backing penalty rates
NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Observance Committee) Week officially starts tomorrow, though there have been plenty of events during the past week. Yesterday’s NAIDOC March in Narrm (Melbourne) was huge, despite the early rain. This year’s #Because of her we can NAIDOC theme has been particularly inspiring.
Please note: this post contains images and names of deceased persons. BREAKING: our federal seat is to be renamed for William Cooper, the great Yorta Yorta human rights leader! My respects to all in our suburbs who campaigned for two decades to rename Batman – to the Wurundjeri Land & Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Aboriginal Corp. whoContinue reading Seat of Batman to be renamed after William Cooper
We were lucky enough to have veteran documentary filmmaker Helen Gaynor shadowing us throughout the 2018 Batman by-election, recording every aspect of the campaign trail. Her documentary following the entire Alex Bhathal campaign, The Candidate, is now ready to be edited – check out the trailer and the crowdfunding page. This was a really great project,Continue reading Documentary: The Candidate
I’m pretty happy that my union, the Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association, is organising its own t-shirt campaign in support of the asylum seekers held in indefinite detention by the Australian government. Buy yours here – wear it to work and everywhere else from 1st – 5th May and make sure you join everyone atContinue reading VAHPA Close the Camps t-shirt campaign
This article, by Fotis Kapetopoulos, who happens to be a Dad from our local soccer club in Darebin, captures something that most concerns me about Malcolm Turnbull’s recent announcements of changes to Australia’s citizenship laws. And that is the dilution of our universal citizenship rights. I believe this has been the key to our multiculturalContinue reading ‘Aussie values’
Tonight I’m speaking at this Refugee Action Collective forum on the plight of Iraqi refugees seeking asylum in Australia. The government and coalition have passed motions calling for an end to the genocide of minorities in Iraq and yet they are refusing to back Greens’ attempts to introduce a moratorium on deportations of asylum seekersContinue reading Forum on Iraqi refugees
Last Wednesday, Minister for Energy and Resources Martin Ferguson’s legislation to create a new nuclear waste facility, on Aboriginal lands in the NT, passed through the Senate and became law. (Ferguson’s chosen site, Muckaty Station, outside Tennant Creek, is in an earthquake zone and being in central Australia, lies on top of the artesian basinContinue reading Great article on the new Nuclear Waste Management Act
Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Apology. It comes as the Gillard government introduces its new Stronger Futures legislation, which would extend the NT intervention measures. And it also comes alongside new evidence of a large increase in suicides amongst young Aboriginal girls in the Northern Territory after the implementation of the Intervention. There’sContinue reading Anniversary of the Apology needs more than just lip service
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 –Continue reading Greens contingent at Sunday’s Pride March
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, thereContinue reading What’s wrong with Ferguson’s National Nuclear Waste Management Bill – speech
The National Radioactive Waste Management legislation is due to go before the Senate, this coming Wednesday 8th Feb. Check here for quick, easy actions you can take, wherever you are in Australia. Late February marks the second anniversary of the introduction of Commonwealth Minister for Energy and Resources Martin Ferguson’s new National Radioactive Waste ManagementContinue reading Nuclear Waste Management Bill in Senate this Wednesday