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.
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
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
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