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Sunday, 24 January

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Saturday, 23 January

18:35

Abbott handshake not enough to bring optical fibre to the bush: @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol No Fibs

Out in Western Queensland a handshake is a done deal. In May 2015, the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott toured the shires of Barcoo and Diamantina in Western Queensland and inadvertently committed the Federal Government to a $16 million fibre optic project. It was sealed through a handshake with Diamantina Mayor Geoff Morton and Barcoo Mayor Julie Groves. Also present […]

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David Marler

David Marler

Queensland reporter at No Fibs

David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to the Fifth Estate. He believes that the role of citizen journalists is to question and collate mainstream media stories through social media and blogging.

17:29

Keeping #MarriageEquality off the record: @burgewords comments on #NeverMarried No Fibs

It felt like a cold label for what was a beautiful love affair. WHEN the South Australian government was caught out by the world’s media for its lax approach to recognising overseas same-sex marriages on death certificates, the justifiable outrage about Marco Bulmer-Rizzi being documented as “never married” to husband David resonated with many readers. One small voice of […]

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Michael Burge

Michael Burge

Journalist at No Fibs

Michael is a writer, editor and journalist who lives on the beautiful island of Coochiemudlo. He is passionate about LGBTI equality and emergent forms of online publishing, marketing and access for writers and artists.

15:11

Australia’s Day For Secrets, Flags And Cowards - John Pilger Corporate Australia

On 26 January, one of the saddest days in human history will be celebrated in Australia. It will be “a day for families”, say the newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch. Flags will be dispensed at street corners and displayed on funny hats. People will say incessantly how proud they are.

For many, there is relief and gratitude. In my lifetime, non-indigenous Australia has changed from an Anglo-Irish society to one of the most ethnically diverse on earth. Those we used to call “New Australians” often choose 26 January, “Australia Day”, to be sworn in as citizens. The ceremonies can be touching. Watch the faces from the Middle East and understand why they clench their new flag.

It was sunrise on 26 January so many years ago when I stood with Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians and threw wreaths into Sydney Harbour. We had climbed down to one of the perfect sandy coves where others had stood as silhouettes, watching as the ships of Britain’s “First Fleet” dropped anchor on 26 January, 1788. This was the moment the only island continent on earth was taken from its inhabitants; the euphemism was “settled”. It was, wrote Henry Reynolds, one of few honest Australian historians, one of the greatest land grabs in world history. He described the slaughter that followed as “a whispering in our hearts”.

The original Australians are the oldest human presence. To the European invaders, they did not exist because their continent had been declared terra nullius: empty land. To justify this fiction, mass murder was ordained. In 1838, the Sydney Monitor reported: “It was resolved to exterminate the whole race of blacks in that quarter.” This referred to the Darug people who lived along the great Hawkesbury River, not far from Sydney. With remarkable ingenuity and without guns, they fought an epic resistance that remains almost a national secret. In a land littered with cenotaphs honouring Australia’s set...

13:42

Good News! Reconciliation, peace and return home of Syrian refugees in two Syrian locations due to Syrian Government efforts (We) can do better

Videos inside: These films are dated 21 January 2016. They show successful attempts by the Syrian government to make Syria safe again. The government has been able to reconcile with 'rebel groups' that recognise that war is tearing their country apart. Refugee activists please take note. Nearly the biggest problem that Syrians continue to face is the refusal by US-NATO and its allies, such as Australia, to recognise that we must all work with the Syrian Government to make Syria safe. Because of these evil US-NATO policies, it is most unlikely that these positive developments will be promoted in the Australian media, if they are transmitted at all. So, please send these films round to everyone you know, to help end this war and place pressure on western governments to stop intervening.

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13:22

An Inspiring Thornbury Garden Sustainable Gardening Australia

sharonwaterfeature600A garden created by Sharon and Craig Harris, recently opened to the public in Melbourne as part of SGA’s Open Gardens and Tours program, attracted a large number of visitors. Here we share the description of the garden and the owner’s hints.

Sharon Harris, a landscaper designer, writes:

Our house has a very simple but wonderful history. We are only the second owners, the first were Italian migrants who built it in 1954. From the moment we saw it with its deep back garden, remnant chook shed, several old sheds, fruit trees, wood stove in the kitchen, cellar and extensive original veggie garden -the entire back garden- the potential of 3 Jones Street already existed within the walls and earth of the house. When I entered the front door, passed through the kitchen and saw the amazing stove, I knew this house was meant to be ours, but it wasn’t until I saw the size and layout of the back garden that I started feeling light headed, it was perfect. In that moment I could see the potential of the garden and a hint of the type of life we could have.

That was 18 years ago. The garden has changed over time, but not very much. If anything, it has moved gradually and gracefully towards its full potential as an oasis both visually and productively.

sharonview350The fundamental productive and sustainable aspects of our garden have been in place from...

13:16

Australia Day or Invasion Day

Some weeks ago there was an article in The West Australian newspaper written by Dr Ameer Ali. The essence of the article was a suggestion from him that Mosques in Western Australia fly the Australian flag for Australia Day. This is a part of that article and it can be accessed in its entirety here: […]

08:08

Farmer, activist & chef to join forces for Fair Food Campaign Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

Chef Guy Grossi, farmer and president of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance Tammi Jonas, farmers market founder Miranda Sharp and Fair Food editor and campaigner Dr Nick Rose will join forces on February 13 for a live forum in Melbourne titled “Beyond the Supermarket: fair food in a disconnected system”.

The forum is being presented as part of the Sustainable Living Festival's Big Weekend to celebrate the launch of Pip Permaculture Magazine's “Fair Food” issue which explores the campaign for food sovereignty in Australia and beyond.

“We live in the age of the supermarket duopoly and yet we see people flocking to farmers markets and community gardens, yearning for a stronger connection to their food,” said Dr Rose.

“We're seeing our movement gaining momentum each year, and this forum will bring together some really fantastic people, with a wide variety of perspectives to discuss how we can transform our food systems into a fair one for eaters, growers, processors and makers.”

“We have chef Guy Grossi, who will bring us the perspective of business and the food industry, which is huge in Melbourne. We'll have Tammi Jonas, from her crowd-funded farm just outside of Daylesford bringing her perspective as a producer and Miranda Sharp from Melbourne Farmers Market will bring us perspectives from the consumers and growers who frequent her events.”

“We're really excited to be devoting an issue of our magazine to the campaign for fair food championed by Nick Rose and the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance,” said Pip Permaculture founding publisher Robyn Rosenfeldt.

“Fair food is integral to what Permaculture is all about. Our three central permaculture ethics of fair share for everyone, earth care for our environment and people care for our society as a whole are really embodied by the fair food campaign.”

“Our fair food edition explores in depth th...

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Research Reveals Plants Can Think, Choose and Remember Wake Up World

23rd January 2016 By Sayer Ji Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Modern science is only beginning to catch up to the wisdom of the ancients: plants possess sentience and a rudimentary form of intelligence.  Plants are far more intelligent and capable than we have given them credit for. In fact, provocative research from 2010 ...Continue Reading - Research Reveals Plants Can Think, Choose and Remember

01:00

Think Humanity is F*cked?!? – 5 Facts to Make You an Optimist! Wake Up World

23rd January 2016 By Humberto Braga Guest Writer for Wake Up World Do you think humanity is f*cked?!?  Considering the destructive and unconscious actions of many people around the world, it can be easy to fall in to despair. But I always remind myself of the following facts when I get upset and it always ...Continue Reading - Think Humanity is F*cked?!? ⏠5 Facts to Make You an Optimist!

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Friday, 22 January

18:33

We’re launching with a Fair Food Forum! Pip Magazine – Australian Permaculture

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We live in the age of the supermarket duopoly and yet people flock to farmers markets and community gardens, yearning for a stronger connection to their food. Pip Issue 5 is all about Fair Food, and to celebrate we’ve organised a free forum at Melbourne’s Sustainable Living Festival, and you’re invited!

Join MC Nick Rose (editor of Fair Food, UQP) for a panel discussion with Guy Grossi (chef, author and judge on My Kitchen Rules), Tammi Jonas (ethicurian farmer at Jonai Farms) and Miranda Sharp (Founder of Melbourne Farmers Markets) about how we can transform our food systems into a fair one for eaters, growers, processors and makers.

Presented by Pip Permaculture Magazine and our good friends at the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance to celebrate the launch of the Pip #5 Fair Food issue.

This event will be held in the SLF venue “The Shed”, Birrung Mar

Saturday 13 February at 3pm

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16:00

Male-skewed immigration to Europe and sexist violence: Oksana Boyko interviews Prof Hudson (We) can do better

The assault and robbery of scores of women in Cologne on New Year's Eve, allegedly perpetrated by groups of migrants, has fanned the flames of the refugee crisis in Europe. And while European leaders introduce stricter measures to deal with offending asylum seekers, many are questioning the wisdom of the policies that brought them there. What's behind the seemingly increasing wave of violence by migrants and is the predominantly male migration skewing the European demographic profile, thereby predisposing its societies to even more crime? Oksana is joined by Valerie Hudson, a Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University, to explore these issues.

This article, including the embedded video, was originally published on RT/Worlds Apart as Cologne-ising Europe? Ft. Valerie Hudson, Professor of Political Science, Texas A&M University (21/1/16). This republication includes additional text.

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14:43

Mark Allen and Mark O'Connor do Population at Sustainable Living Festival 2016 (We) can do better

14 Feb 2016 at 12-12.30pm: Mark Allen of Population Permaculture and Planning asks: Is it possible to accommodate a growing population without unacceptably high density living and urban sprawl? If so, what rate of population growth should we be looking at and what types of community should we be creating? This workshop discusses the merits of village style living in combination with permaculture principles and asks the question, where do we go from here?

14 Feb 2016 at 12.30-1pm: Mark O’Connor, co-author of Overloading Australia, will look at why environmentalism is almost meaningless when there is no plan to limit growth of population, why this issue is often ignored, and what a better form of environmentalism could and should do. What are humane and practical ways to limit Australia’s and the world’s population? (Sustainable Population Australia - Victorian Branch (SPA Victoria) organised this event.)

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Thursday, 21 January

18:05

Coming out in the cold: @burgewords reviews #Carol No Fibs

The wait for enlightenment will be long, and the darkest, pre-dawn hour lies ahead. WITH nothing more complex than a series of firmly-closed doors, the film Carol takes a powerful dramatic turn that subtly gives two women the space to explore their attraction. When Therese (Rooney Mara) slips into the passenger seat beside Carol (Cate Blanchett) […]

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Michael Burge

Journalist at No Fibs

Michael is a writer, editor and journalist who lives on the beautiful island of Coochiemudlo. He is passionate about LGBTI equality and emergent forms of online publishing, marketing and access for writers and artists.

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Sunday, 17 January

21:33

Occupation of #Santos #Pilliga #CSG site by traditional owners, local farmers reports @takvera No Fibs

Santos plans for a Coal seam gas field in the Pilliga region of western NSW has met stiff opposition from local farmers and traditional owners. A Santos test site was occupied today by 120 people in a mass civil disobedience action. 120 people joined traditional owners from the Gamilaraay / Gomeroi mob in occupying the […]

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John Englart

John Englart

Citizen journalist at No Fibs

John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

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Saturday, 16 January

00:52

Qld Employment Minister Grace Grace hits back at Courier Mail accusations she’s given up: @Qldaah #qldpol No Fibs

Queensland’s new Employment Minister Grace Grace has denied claims by The Courier Mail that she has given up on youth unemployment across the state. In a Tweet published on Friday night, a defiant Ms Grace said, “I will never give up on jobs for Qld young unemployed.” Ms Grace also stated that she was, “completely quoted out of context”. Completely […]

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David Marler

David Marler

Queensland reporter at No Fibs

David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to the Fifth Estate. He believes that the role of citizen journalists is to question and collate mainstream media stories through social media and blogging.

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Friday, 08 January

20:37

Town of Yarloop destroyed in #Waroonafire maelstrom #WAfires – @takvera No Fibs

Australians woke up on Friday 8 January hearing another bushfire tragedy: the total firestorm devastation of the Western Australian town of Yarloop south of Perth. This comes after 60 homes were destroyed along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria on Christmas Day. John Englart (@Takvera) provides a brief introduction and summary to a curated story […]

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John Englart

John Englart

Citizen journalist at No Fibs

John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

11:23

Health Troubles: The high price of budget cuts @novidados comments No Fibs

It’s no secret that the government wants to cut the health budget. The Commission of Audit report, published in early 2014 argued that current expenditure on health was not sustainable without reform and  recommended co-payments as high as $15 for general patients, and $7.50 for concession card holders. The rationale behind this, the report states, […]

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Nour Dados

Nour Dados

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Nour writes, translates and makes videos. She is co-researcher on a project about market society and the reshaping of North/South relations.

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Thursday, 07 January

18:09

Once upon a time in Qld – The digital archive of the 2015 election campaign: @Qldaah #qldpol No Fibs

On January 6, 2015, Campbell Newman’s snap election call caught many off guard, including members of his own party. The Liberal National Party candidate to challenge Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk in her seat of Inala was overseas. The LNP candidate to face Labor’s Jackie Trad in the seat of South Brisbane had not even been named. In a normally festive time of year, […]

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David Marler

David Marler

Queensland reporter at No Fibs

David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to the Fifth Estate. He believes that the role of citizen journalists is to question and collate mainstream media stories through social media and blogging.

17:46

Special Fair Food issue launching soon! Pip Magazine – Australian Permaculture

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Pip’s fifth issue – a special feature issue on Fair Food – will be launched with an incredible free event at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne. Join MC Nick Rose to discuss how we can create a fair food system for all with guests including Tammi Jonas and Guy Grossi! We’re so excited!

We’re really proud of issue 5: it features articles by David Holmgren, Nick Rose, Tammi Jonas, Bruce Pascoe, Albert Bates, Kirsten Bradley and loads of other fabulous permies!

The issue has a focus on how we can create a fair food system, as well as a host of other great articles on:

  • creating a double dig garden,
  • bio char,
  • how to build a cool room,
  • indigenous plants that can replace imported varieties such as wheat and rice,
  • simple t...

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Friday, 01 January

18:09

‘We will fight for the worker’ – Michaelia Cash threatens double dissolution: @Qldaah #ausvotes #qldpol #auspol No Fibs

Federal Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash, has told the Sunrise program that the Turnbull Government has a trigger for a double dissolution election. A double dissolution would result in the full upper house being dissolved along with the lower house for an election. Cash told presenter, Andrew O’Keefe, that if the government could not get it’s Australian […]

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David Marler

David Marler

Queensland reporter at No Fibs

David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to the Fifth Estate. He believes that the role of citizen journalists is to question and collate mainstream media stories through social media and blogging.

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Saturday, 26 December

15:11

Intense #Bushfire hits Surf Coast Christmas Day forcing evacuations – @takvera #vicfires No Fibs

We are already getting a taste of the future with climate change with record temperatures in December, extreme bushfire alerts, and intense bushfires like the Separation Creek and Wye River bushfire causing town evacuations on the Surf Coast near Melbourne. On Christmas day BOM Tasmania reported in a tweet “A sweltering 36 degrees in #Hobart […]

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John Englart

John Englart

Citizen journalist at No Fibs

John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

Thursday, 24 December

10:13

TPP take action AFTINET

The TPP text of thousands of pages was released on November 5, 2016, and it confirms our fears.See our initial assessment  hereThe TPP text will be reviewed by parliamentary committees from February 2016 before Parliament votes on the implementing legislation. AFTINET will be campaigning to block the implementing legislation in the Senate.  

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