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Friday, 31 August 2007
Welcome to Singapore ... err Sydney, the junket destination of crony capitalism
Mood:  party time!
Topic: nsw govt

No spitting, no chewing gum on the footpath, no bikes out of place and no parking in loading zones either?  Everyone with short haircuts except for the forelock to tug? Too bad we are paying with our taxes for their junket.   These pictures taken 29th and 30th August 07 by this writer while distributing leaflets for a public meeting sponsored by green groups and to be held at University of Technology Sydney on Wednesday Sept 12th 07 about the NSW Govt's huge desalination project. The images seem emblematic of Sydney under the yoke of APEC but also the jack boot culture of same: Economic slaves one two three, grow the machine, feed the monster. Make the rich richer and don't question your fate.


Posted by editor at 9:05 AM NZT
Updated: Friday, 31 August 2007 9:20 AM NZT
Thursday, 30 August 2007
City clergy will protest bogus APEC, Civil Society leaders convene rival People's APPEC conference Sept 1
Mood:  special
Topic: human rights

Picture above: South Sydney Herald, no relation to Fairfax publications, circulation 21,000 home delivered, August 2007 cover with Reverends Graham Long, Dorothy McRae McMahon (a writer for SSH) and Andrew Collis all of the South Sydney Uniting Church.


Pictures above: flyer for People's APPEC, supporting groups obscured by photo flash include Aid Watch, Australian Catholic Social Justice Council .....Jubilee Australia ......The Commons Institute....Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA ....etc



Posted by editor at 8:54 AM NZT
Updated: Thursday, 30 August 2007 9:55 AM NZT
Tuesday, 28 August 2007
New Wentworth candidate, Alex Tees local solicitor
Mood:  chatty
Topic: election Oz 2007


Declaration: Tees is legal sponsor of this writer as a solicitor for our NSW practicising certificate, otherwise no other political affiliation.


Posted by editor at 11:12 PM NZT
Updated: Wednesday, 29 August 2007 12:19 AM NZT
Burmese dictatorship attacks political protesters: Greens
Mood:  sad
Topic: human rights
Australian Coalition for Democracy in Burma Inc
Media Release
28 August 2007
Howard must condemn Burma regime repression of peaceful protestors
The President of the Australian Coalition for Democracy in Burma
(ACDB), John Kaye, today called on the Prime Minister John Howard to
condemn the Burmese military regime for brutally repressing peaceful
protest in Rangoon and arresting over a hundred protestors.
Dr Kaye said *Last week, thousands of demonstrators took to the street
to protest hikes of  petrol and basic commodities prices and to demand a
return to democracy.
*The Burmese military regime responded with a brutal crackdown and
arrested over a hundred peaceful demonstrators.
*So far the Australian government has remained silent. Neither the
Prime Minister nor Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer have taken
a stand.
*Other democracies have voiced their concern.
*It is time Australia joined them and made it clear to the Burma regime
that this behaviour is unacceptable. We are calling on the Australian
government to halt all cooperation with the Burmese regime.
*Australia can play a useful role in pressuring the regime into freeing
all political prisoners, including Nobel Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,*
Dr Kaye said.
The ACDB will join with Burmese community in Australia to protest
outside Burmese embassy in Canberra.
Place: Burmese Embassy, Canberra
Time: Friday 31 August 12:30 pm.

Media Contacts:  John Kaye 0407 195 455;     Maung Maung Than: 0411 337

The ACDB is a cross party coalition of Federal and State
Parliamentarians committed to the restoration of democracy in Burma.

Posted by editor at 1:05 PM NZT
Sydney University attack on community media free press referred to NSW Ombudsman
Mood:  energetic
Topic: independent media

Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 10:51 AM
Subject: Complaint against Sydney University attack on freedom of press/community media May 2nd 2007

28th August 2007
Dear NSW Ombudsman,
Complaint against Sydney University for attack on freedom of the press/community media
As discussed with your inquiry staffer Penny, here is my email correspondence to Sydney University of May 3rd 2007 over abuse of power by their security in early May 2007 seeking to intimidate and oppress myself as the editor and reporter for www.sydneyalternativemedia.com news website.
There has been no response from Sydney University at all since early May 2007, well past the 6 weeks you advised to wait and see their response.
As a solicitor here in NSW I found the whole attitude and swaggering abuse of power quite disturbing in a democracy reporting a community media event publicly advertised rally I learned about via the ABC.
How Sydney University, the beneficiary of decades of taxpayer subsidies, thinks it can arbitrarily avoid transparency and valid community media reportage of protest against its administration, is quite a mystery and a really worrying development in our democracy.
I look forward to your response in due course.
Tom McLoughlin, solicitor in NSW
editor www.sydneyalternativemedia.com
Full report on the harrassment of SAM news site at the student education rally protest can be found here:
SAM reporter harrassed, evicted 'indefinitely' from Sydney University campus for reporting student public education rally
Mood:  down
Topic: independent media
Postscript #1
"Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 10:54 AM
Subject: NSW Ombudsman Auto Responder

Thank you for your email. 
It has been forwarded to an appropriate person for action. 
If your email was a complaint, it will be registered and assessed along with the other complaints that we receive today. 
This may take some time. 
You will be contacted again as soon as the assessment is completed."

Posted by editor at 12:54 PM NZT
Updated: Tuesday, 28 August 2007 1:17 PM NZT
US video blog logger Josh Wolf jailed for a year for refusing to release protester footage
Mood:  down
Topic: human rights


Sydney Indymedia news website is down for maintenance.

This seems quite incredible given APEC is only a week away. Perth is effectively the primary IMC for APEC news now apart from my own humble news website here


SIM was also down for nearly 2 months prior to the controversial state govt election.    We have no idea why SIM is down but it does disempower the civil society sector to not have such a long standing indymedia website down. I have no idea if its been sabotaged, compromised or lacking staff. Maybe someone else knows. 

This writer was talking to a Chilean democracy activist at Addison Rd Community Centre on Sunday and he immediately assumed it was ASIO. Who would know.

Good to see posts at Perth IMC by long time effective organisers like Graeme Dunstan and his street theatre characters. Ghosts indeed.

Also there is the Canadian story of police infiltrators at Quebec which is a ripper, well sourced and very revealing - note they were masked and one was carrying a rock. APEC is definitely not a place "to rock". Anyone with such attitudes, not least the police, is not welcome here in Sydney.

In Feb 2003 250-500,000 peace protesters marched entirely peacefully. That's the democratic action we want. Others intent on public vandalism or mindless damage are NOT WELCOME. Like George Bush and Rice actually with their organised military industrial terrorism.

This writer was intent on not attending APEC wankery but on reflection think we should support the anti war march like in Feb 2003, this time in lawyer's suit and legal observer signage, and solicitor's card. At least to do a decent report for community media and gather evidence of any police misbehaviour - which does seem possible to justify their huge budget but should be avoided at all costs.

It would be a severely ethical dilemma if
SAM's editor saw evidence of protester violence. SBS Dateline reported a blogger who went to jail rather than give up footage of protesters to the FBI - the longest imprisonment of any media practitioner in the USA apparently - the story is curiously absent from their archive here http://news.sbs.com.au/dateline/index.php?page=archive

Here are google results for the jailed 'blotter' Josh Wolf here

The Blotter: Jailed Blogger Could Spend a Year in Detention

(US ABC network)

Personally this news website editor would find it pretty hard to go to jail for an idiot breaking a police van window, damaging the cause of the protest movement and our reputations, but you never know, depending on the journalism principle of protecting sources.

The time is approaching where reputable blogs, blots or whatever will need our our media union coverage which may or may not mean the official MEAA, which is might be noted shows no interest in helping over a fascist blacklisting of SAM's editor  from Sydney University campus for simply reporting a student education protest.

MEAA on the evidence to date are not at all interested in the community media right to know, only the Big Media with their big dollars.

Posted by editor at 11:46 AM NZT
Updated: Tuesday, 28 August 2007 12:17 PM NZT
Monday, 27 August 2007
3 masked, rock carrying Canadian police at anti Bush protest in Quebec exposed on CBC news 22nd Aug 07
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: peace

(via Crikey.com.au 27/8/07 sourced via Wonkette blog to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the text below is Wonkette blog)

Cops Admit Cops Caught Being Fake Protesters Are Cops

When Bush was in Canada selling America to Mexico earlier this week, Canadian labor unions protested the secret negotiations between the three countries’ leaders. And whenever there’s a big political protest, there are cops in disguise — usually as “anarchists” — trying to start shit so that the uniformed cops can smash skulls and shoot their water cannons and rubber bullets and tear-gas cannisters at the real protesters who were just peacefully protesting. What was interesting about this week’s agents provocateurs is that they got caught on video and the video was immediately seen by hundreds of thousands of people all around the world and for possibly the first time ever, a police department has been shamed into admitting that it plants disguised cops in protest crowds to stir up shit.

If you haven’t seen it yet (or even if you have), here’s the CBC report including the good parts from the YouTube video:


The matching cop boots are cute, aren’t they? It’s especially cute how the one cop put duct tape and spray paint on his new cop boots. Poseur!

There was absolutely no way to squirm out of this one, so the police in Quebec were forced to admit they do what everybody knows cops do:

With the proof caught on video, Quebec provincial police were forced to admit yesterday that three undercover agents were playing the part of protesters at this week’s international summit in Montebello.

Quebec police admit agents posed as protesters [Toronto Star]


Quebec police admit agents posed as protesters
Deny role of undercover officers was to provoke violence at summit of North American leaders
Aug 24, 2007 04:30 AM

Canadian Press

MONTREAL–With the proof caught on video, Quebec provincial police were forced to admit yesterday that three undercover agents were playing the part of protesters at this week's international summit in Montebello, Que.

But the Quebec police force denied they were attempting to provoke protesters into violence. Rather, they said the three were planted in the crowd to locate any protesters who were not peacefully demonstrating. Police said the trio's cover was blown when they refused to toss any objects.

"At no time did the Quebec provincial police officers act as agents provocateurs or commit criminal acts. Also, it is not part of the policy of the police force nor is it part of its strategy to act in this manner. At all times, the officers responded to their mandate to maintain law and order," the Sûreté du Québec said in a news release last night.

The police said after viewing a video clip from YouTube.com and video shot by police officers, they were able to confirm the three were Quebec provincial police officers.

Earlier, both Quebec police and the RCMP denied any of their officers were involved.


Earlier yesterday, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day rejected opposition calls for an inquiry into the role of suspect agents at the North American leaders summit.

"If people have concerns ... there is a complaints process for the RCMP. There is also one for the Sûreté du Québec. This incident happened in Quebec, so I imagine people could also file under that complaints process."

Day's words did little to appease Dave Coles, the union leader who confronted the three men on the protest line and accused them of being cops.

"We're going to talk to our legal counsel and we'll decide (Friday) what our next action is going to be," said Coles, president of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.

The three officers, sporting bandannas, showed up on the front lines of a protest at the summit. One carried a large rock.

Posted by editor at 8:32 PM NZT
Updated: Monday, 27 August 2007 8:49 PM NZT
Better late than never for Get Up on the pulp mill atrocity?
Mood:  lazy
Topic: ecology
[email string sent today follows]
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2007 10:52 AM
Subject: Re: Stop Gunns' pulp mill madness

yep saw it direct from Get Up, Get Up are a bit slow on this one, only when it got to the front pages of The Australian and on 4 Corners and on 60 Minutes did they start leading from behind. Shows how much they are captured by the ALP actually (who support the pulp mill, pro logging agenda), Brett Solomon of GU advised a public meeting he is funded by Evan Thornley who is a rich IT entrepeneur back from the USA and now in the Upper House of Victorian Parliament ...for the ALP. Better than nothing I suppose.
Also story running into today's The Australian here (not showing picture in paper version of lithe hippie woman because its an earth mother story, and Masked Owl suit):

Pulp mill plan ruffles Greens' feathers

IT is a lovely day in Bondi. The sun is out and so are the crowds. Seagulls are swooping down, stealing chips.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2007 8:50 AM
Subject: FW: Stop Gunns' pulp mill madness

From: info@getup.org.au
To: echidna27@hotmail.com
Subject: Stop Gunns' pulp mill madness
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 16:21:38 +1000

Dear friends,
While the rest of the world focuses on solving the climate crisis and protecting what is left of our precious natural resources, Australian politicians are hell-bent on approving an environmentally disastrous industrial development in Tasmania - the Gunns pulp mill.

Right now we have the power to stop the development before it's too late. Nationwide opposition has forced the Federal Environment Minister to allow ten days of public comment before making his final decision. You can help stop the pulp mill by voicing your opposition today:


Gunns Ltd's proposed pulp mill will pour tonnes of dangerous greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and poisonous effluent into Bass Strait. The expected environmental damage will wreak havoc on the tourism, fishing, agriculture and wine industries in the area, and mean the further clear-felling of Tassie forests.
Tasmania's economic future depends on its clean, green image, not on pulp mills. Independent economic analysis released this week shows the mill will actually destroy more jobs and wealth than it creates. Tell Minister Turnbull there's no good reason to approve the pulp mill in its current form:


The inquiry process into the mill's impact has been fraught with political and corporate interference. Let's put the people back into the process, and remind our decision-makers who they really answer to.

Thanks for being a part of this,

The GetUp team


GetUp is an independent, not-for-profit community campaigning group. We use new technology to empower Australians to have their say on important national issues. We receive no political party or government funding, and every campaign we run is entirely supported by voluntary donations. If you'd like to chip in to support GetUp's work, please click here. If you have trouble with any links in this email, please go directly to http://www.getup.org.au. To unsubscribe from GetUp, please click here.

Posted by editor at 12:52 PM NZT
Public Alliance to Avert Desalinastion
Mood:  special
Topic: ecology


Posted by editor at 12:17 PM NZT
Updated: Monday, 27 August 2007 12:22 PM NZT
APEC in Sydney: US President Bush not welcome, wife Laura takes the hint, GW & Rice cancel 2nd day, Keating rubbishes the junket
Mood:  d'oh
Topic: peace

In the city that hosted an anti Iraq war, pro peace rally of 250-500,000 in February 2003 it is increasingly clear George W Bush is only welcome by the News Ltd Sydney Daily Telegraph owned by a US citizen Rupert Murdoch, and precious few others: Greens keen to cage Bush, not Sydney

In the last few days God's judgement seems to have come down on the gambling industry horse racers with equine flu but also the police horses traditionally used to bully protesters from on high: Flu threat to APEC security

Now we hear via ABC wife of GW Bush, Laura Bush has cancelled her attendance in Sydney altogether.

Greg Sheridan also writes today that GW Bush was not even very keen to attend Sydney's APEC at all, having already cancelled attendance at ASEAN representing only 600M people and 'huge' US commercial investments, and expecting a critical report to Congress about the Iraq war at the same time.

Similarly Secretary of State Rice prefers to ride 15 hours on Air Force One back with GW than stay a second day. Sheridan states p2 of The Australian today

"This is a sorry reflection on the priorities of the second Bush administration as compared with the first. [Colin] Powell would never have done this."

Paul Keating who we might have watched at the Seymour Centre last Thursday in Sydney but preferred to hear him on PM and 7.30 Report instead (and understand via a roadie backstage Keating similarly left the stage to immediately watch the tv as well) is in The Australian today saying effectively the whole APEC agenda is off the rails after the Cold War ended.

No doubt PK is running interference for ALP leader Rudd to spoil PM Howard's APEC stage but he does it with cred as architect with the first Bush Presidency and Clinton of the forum in the first place. Especially references to China and Japan deep animosity, but great mutualistic opportunities not least on China's troubled environment.

We notice the ambiguous heavy irony in the headline in the Oz:

"Auspicious beginning THE founder of the APEC leaders' meeting believes the forum has the political grunt to deal with regional security."

That is political grunt wasted, and squandered, such as "Paul Keating is frustrated by the failures  of the organisation [APEC] ...."

Posted by editor at 11:20 AM NZT
Updated: Monday, 27 August 2007 12:02 PM NZT

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