Gunns kraft mill

NewMatilda.com have a good overview of the issues with kraft mills like that proposed by Gunns.

The Federal environment minister has announced that their open to comment on the grounds of the EPBC act – I got the email announcing this in my email today – 2 days before the due date (and with no link to the actual page for comment). Methinks they don’t actually want comment, but I digress…

GetUp are running a petition opposing the mill (I’m a signatory).

Petition to stop SBS advertising

I wrote a little while back about changes in the way SBS handles advertising. Seems I’m not alone.

There is now a campaign site and petition called Save our SBS [thanks Priscilla]

Now – I’m not 100% convinced that SBS should stop showing advertising altogether, but the site does make a good case that removing advertising from the SBS charter will stop the rot. I just hope that, at a minimum, they get rid of the interruptions and go back to ads between programs…

China: the world is watching forum

Got this via email today. I’m going – anyone else interested in coming along?

We’re pleased to invite you to “China: The World is Watching”, presented by the Amnesty International (Australia) Business Group, on Wednesday 5 September.

The forum, featuring Sophie Peer from Amnesty International and Gordon Renouf from the Australian Consumers Association, will detail the risks and opportunities which Australians may face in doing business in China. Speakers will outline an “ethical consumption” viewpoint on goods consumed in Australia from China. The session will outline the human rights situation in China and the repression caused by the actions of international IT companies. The obligation that China now has to be more transparent and the opportunity to improve human rights presented by the Beijing Olympics will be highlighted.

The details:

  • Date and Time: Wednesday 5 September 2007, 6.30pm to 8pm
  • Location: Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt St Sydney
  • Format: Q&A and drinks follow our speakers
  • Cost: Entry by voluntary donation, $10 suggested
  • Lucky door prize: 2 nights accommodation at your choice of 25 deluxe Mantra Resorts nationwide, courtesy of Stella Hospitality Group
  • RSVP: By email to nswaia@amnesty.org.au or register at the door