Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Transcript of Western Australia Senator Scott Ludlam
 welcome speech to PM Tony Abbott.

For those who are looking for a transcript of the outstanding speech given  March 3rd by WA Senator Scott Ludlam 

Senator Ludlam welcomes Tony Abbott to WA

Thank you President

Tonight I rise to invite Prime Minister Tony Abbott to visit the beautiful state of Western Australia.  I do this in good faith because we are only a matter of weeks away from a historic by-election that will determine not just the final makeup of this chamber after July, but will decide much more of consequence to the people of Western Australia whether they're thinking of voting for the Greens or not.

Prime Minister you are welcome out west, but this is a respectful invitation to think carefully about what baggage you pack when you make your next flying campaign stop over.

When you arrive at Perth airport you'll alight on the traditional country of the Whadjuk Noongar who have sung this country now for more than forty thousand years.  This is two hundred times the age of the city that stands on the banks of the Derbarl Yerrigan, the Swan River. 

Understand that you're now closer to Denpassar than to Western Sydney in a state where an entire generation has been priced out of affordable housing. Recognise that you are standing in a place where the drought never ended, where climate change from land clearing and fossil fuel combustion is a lived reality that is already costing jobs, property, and lives.

Mr Prime Minster, at your next press conference, we invite you to leave your excruciatingly boring three word slogans at home.

If your image of Western Australia is of some caricatured red-neck backwater that is enjoying the murderous horror unfolding on Manus Island, you're reading us wrong. Every time you refer to us as the mining state as though the western third of our ancient continent is just Gina Rinehart's inheritance to be chopped, benched and blasted, you're reading us wrong. 

Western Australians are a generous and welcoming lot, but if you arrive and start talking proudly about your attempts to bankrupt the renewable energy sector, or cripple the independence of the ABC and privatise SBS, if you show up waving your homophobia in people's faces and start boasting about your ever more insidious attacks on the trade union movement and all working people, you can expect a very different kind of welcome.  People are under enough pressure as it is without three years of this government going out of its way to make it worse.

It looks awkward when you take policy advice on penalty rates and the minimum wage from mining billionaires and media oligarchs on the other side of the world.  

Awkward and kind of revolting.

It is good to remember that these things are temporary, for anyone listening in from outside this almost empty senate chamber. The truth is, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and this benighted attempt at a government are a temporary phenomenon, this too will pass and we need to keep our eyes on the bigger picture.

Just as the reign of the dinosaurs was cut short to their great surprise, it may be that the Abbott government will appear as nothing more than a thin greasy layer in the core sample of future political scientists drilling back into the early years of the 21st century.

2014 marks thirty years since the election of the first representative of what was to become the Greens, my dear friend and mentor, Senator Jo Vallentine. She came into this place as a lone Western Australian representative speaking out against the nuclear weapons that formed the foundations of the geopolitical suicide pact that we dimly remember as the Cold War.

Since the first day of Senator Vallentine's first term, the Greens have been articulating a vision of  Australia as it could be. An economy running on infinite flows of renewable energy. A society that never forgets it lives on country occupied by the planet's oldest continuing civilisation, and a country that values education, innovation and equality.

These values are still at the heart of our work, nowhere stronger than on the Walkatjurra Walkabout which will set off again later this month to challenge the poisonous imposition of the state's first uranium mine on the shoreline of Lake Way. As the damage done by the nuclear industry is global, so remains our resistance.

Mr Abbott your thoughtless cancellation of half a billion dollars of Commonwealth funding for the Perth Light Rail project has been noted.  Your blank cheque for Colin Barnett's bloody and unnecessary shark cull has been noted.  Your attack on Medicare, on schools funding, on tertiary education, noted.

The fact that your only proposal for environmental reforms thus far is to leave Minster Greg Hunt playing solitaire for the next three years while you outsource his responsibilities to the same Premiere who presides over the shark cull? that's been noted too...

You may not believe this Prime Minister, but your advocacy on behalf of foreign buyer technology corporations and Hollywood's copyright industrial complex to chain Australia into the transpacific partnership, even that has been noted. People have been keeping a record, every time you've been given the opportunity to choose between predator capitalism and the public interest, and it's bitterly obvious whose side you're on.

So to be very blunt, the reason that I extend this invitation to you, Mr Prime Minister, to spend as much time as you can spare in Western Australia, is that every time you open your mouth, the Green vote goes up.

You and your financial backers in the gas fracking and uranium industries have inspired hundreds of people to spend their precious time door knocking thousands of homes for the Greens in the last few weeks. Your decision to back Monsanto's shareholders instead of Western Australian farmers has inspired people across the length and breadth of this country to make thousands of calls and donate to our campaign.

As for the premeditated destruction of the National Broadband Network and Attorney General George Brandis's degrading capitulation to the surveillance state when confronted with the unlawful actions of the US NSA, even the Internet is turning green, for the win... 

Geeks and Coders, Network Engineers and Gamers who would never have voted Green in a million years without the blundering and technically illiterate assistance of your leadership team? For this I can only thank you...

And perhaps most profoundly, your determined campaign to provoke fear in our community, fear of innocent families fleeing war and violence in our region, in the hope that it would bring out the worst in Australians, is instead, bringing out the best in us.

Prime Minister, you are welcome to take your heartless, racist exploitation of people's fears, and ram it as far from Western Australia as your tax payer funded traveling entitlements can take you.

What is at stake here in the most immediate sense, is whether or not  Prime Minister Tony Abbott has total control of this parliament in coming years. But I've come to realise that it's about much more than that. We want our country back. Through chance, misadventure and somewhere, a couple of boxes of misplaced ballot papers, we've been given the opportunity to take it back, just one seat, next April 5 and a whole lot more in 2016. 

Game on Prime Minister, see you out west.

Transcribed by Dee Teal

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Family Fun in Sydney: Sample Sydney on Australia Day 2014 with free/redu...

Family Fun in Sydney: Sample Sydney on Australia Day 2014 with free/redu...: Sydney has a past steeped in history and culture, spanning over more than 200 years. Fortunately, much of this history is not lost and has...


FREE ENTRY - Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydneywith special guided tours

HALF PRICE ENTRY - Australian Museum, 6 College St, Sydney (oppositeHyde Park)

FREE ENTRY (to permanent galleries) - Australian National MaritimeMuseum, 2 Murray St, Darling Harbour

FREE ENTRY - Government House, Macquarie St, Sydney 

$5 ENTRY - Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Queen's Square, Macquarie St,Sydney

$5 ENTRY - Justice & Police Museum, Corner Albert & PhillipSts, Circular Quay 

FREE ENTRY - Macquarie the Governor, 1810 - 1921 exhibition, 1 MartinPlace, Sydney

FREE ENTRY - Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks 

$5 ENTRY - Museum of Sydney, Corner Bridge & Phillip Streets,Sydney

FREE ENTRY - Parliament of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney

$12|Adult, $8|Concession, $6|Child - Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo

FREE ENTRY - Reserve Bank of Australia, 65 Martin Place, Sydney 

FREE ENTRY - Royal Australian Historical Society, 133 Macquarie St,Sydney

FREE ENTRY - St Stephen's Uniting Church, 197 Macquarie St, Sydneywith musical program & tours

FREE ENTRY - St Mary's Cathedral, College St, Sydney with recitals,tours & mass

Discount box office offering $25 same day performance tickets -Sydney Opera House 
MacquarieSt, Sydney
$4 ENTRY - Susannah Place Museum, 58-64 Gloucester St, TheRocks 

FREE ENTRY - Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital, Lucy OsburnNightingale Museum, 8 Macquarie St, Sydney.
FREE ENTRY TO GROUNDS - Sydney Observatory, Watson Rd, ObservatoryHill, The Rocks

FREE ENTRY - The Mint, 10 Macquarie St, Sydney

Happy Australia Day!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

The caring Australian welcomes refugees to this country.

Despite what our media tells us they are not illegal immigrants.

Hoping everyone has a happier year this year.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

A Merry Christmas to all 

from my family to yours.

Today I head down to Sydney to spend the next two days with my sons
 and my daughter and her family.

Then on Boxing day I travel 500km car journey north 
to spend a couple of days with my older sister, Cathy and her family.

Then back home for New Year Eve.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Navy Centenary 2013

The Tall Ships came into Sydney Harbour on Thursday. I had the day off so I headed down to Sydney. We had gone from 30C degrees the day before to 12C on Thursday obviously many people had not checked on weather and arrived to see the TS wearing only shorts and tshirts and summer dresses. It was cloudless and sunny when I left home and when I arrived it was very wet and chilly. I heard later that it had been hailing in my local area.

I didn't take many photos as the lens was getting wet. 

The Endeavour.

A Paddlewheeler

A Rivercat ferry, Harbour ferry and Tall Ship.

My photography left a lot to be desired. 

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Haven't been on for a while, just sorting through how I want my life to develop. So far, I have been distancing myself away from a group of friends I seem to have outgrown. Same old same old.

A couple of months ago I met an old friend from 10 years ago who invited me along to a new group he had started, we meet up on Friday evenings to have dinner together and some head off to various clubs to watch and listen to music.

This seems to be more my fit. I have met some lovely people and have been invited along to a Coffee and Chat group and another social group which travel down to Sydney to visit art galleries and museums and do ferry trips. Oh! a fellow I met told me about a local camera group. Its all happening.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

What's with all the videos on this site.

Well, this is rather special

Fun and feel good.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Traffic on Sydney Harbour Bridge
 via earthcam.