High Court blocks return of 153 asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka military

The High Court has granted an interim (temporary) injunction to prevent 153 asylum-seekers being returned to the Sri Lankan military by the Australian Navy. In an urgent hearing in Sydney this evening after an application by refugee advocates, Justice Susan Crennan granted an interim injunction that would stop the Australian Navy returning the Sri Lankan asylum-seekers, who have claimed to be minority Tamils, being handed over to the “Sri Lankan government, its military or its agents.”

Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete

skibreaux:

"The gyrations of wholesale power prices are rarely reflected in consumer power bills. But let’s imagine that the wholesale price of electricity fell to zero and stayed there, and that the benefits were passed on to consumers. In effect, that coal-fired energy suddenly became free. Could it then compete with rooftop solar?

The answer is no. Just the network charges and the retailer charges alone add up to more than 19c/kWh, according to estimates by the Australian energy market commissioner. According to industry estimates, solar ranges from 12c/kWh to 18c/kWh, depending on solar resources of the area, Those costs are forecast to com [sic] down even further, to around 10c/kWh and lower.”

You’d have thought he’d learnt his lesson about saying things that hadn’t been approved by his public relations team, wouldn’t you?

You’d have thought he’d learnt his lesson about saying things that hadn’t been approved by his public relations team, wouldn’t you?

Liberal push to strip environmental groups of charitable tax status

According to Mr Nikolic, ‘real’ charities are those that have a history of child sexual abuse and homophobic spokespeople, but organisations devoted to the safekeeping of our natural resources are ‘illegal activists’.

The Liberal Federal Council is calling for the removal of Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status for environmental groups that undertake “activism which adversely impacts business and communities”. Mr Nikolic goes on to say “We are a free society, where people can protest and have their say, but too often these groups attract concessions and donations, then engage in illegal activities. It’s just not right.” Well, firstly, activism that impacts on someone else’s profit margin isn’t actually illegal, in and of itself. Yes, these pesky environmental activists are working to prevent your government’s outdated and harmful policies from making it through the Senate - but that doesn’t make their actions illegal. Conflating the two is pretty misleading, when none of the environmental charities listed have been convicted of illegal activity.

If ‘doing something that makes other people angry, frustrated and upset’ is Mr Nikolic’s definition of ‘illegal activism’, then I expect to see tax deductible donations to the Liberal Party abolished, because the current Liberal Government has committed no end of similarly ‘illegal’ activities.

I’m going on a self-imposed study hiatus for a couple of weeks. Exams approach and Tumblr is addictive. See you at the end of June!

theabbottchronicles:

Tony Abbott headbutts an elderly man who tries to greet him in a positive manner. Tony is unfamiliar with affectionate advances and assumes the threat of violence at all times. The man with the bike helmet in the background has met Tony previously and came prepared.

The bloke on the left was probably kissed by a politician as a baby and is now getting his sweet revenge.

theabbottchronicles:

Tony Abbott headbutts an elderly man who tries to greet him in a positive manner. Tony is unfamiliar with affectionate advances and assumes the threat of violence at all times. The man with the bike helmet in the background has met Tony previously and came prepared.

The bloke on the left was probably kissed by a politician as a baby and is now getting his sweet revenge.

penerasespaper:

most recent edition of tuna panini’s guide to ashtrayan hishtry. this time focusing on workers and unions role in this cuntry’s past. its from the current issue of the lifted brow which u should probably buy. i might try to collate all these so far in to a zine for the sticky / state library tonerpalooza thing happening on 22nd june not sure
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penerasespaper:

most recent edition of tuna panini’s guide to ashtrayan hishtry. this time focusing on workers and unions role in this cuntry’s past. its from the current issue of the lifted brow which u should probably buy. i might try to collate all these so far in to a zine for the sticky / state library tonerpalooza thing happening on 22nd june not sure
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penerasespaper:

most recent edition of tuna panini’s guide to ashtrayan hishtry. this time focusing on workers and unions role in this cuntry’s past. its from the current issue of the lifted brow which u should probably buy. i might try to collate all these so far in to a zine for the sticky / state library tonerpalooza thing happening on 22nd june not sure