Suggested cuts to government funding could kill community radios

Our community radio stations are at serious risk.

The Commission of Audit last week recommended that funding for the Community Broadcasting Program be scrapped.

The Government is set to hand down its Federal Budget on Tuesday. If the Government adopts the Commission of Audit’s recommendation in the budget, we could see community radio stations across the country forced off air.

Will you help protect our community radio stations by emailing the Treasurer now?

Government racism razes Swan Valley Nyungah Community

by Gerry Georgatos - March 18th, 2014 - http://thestringer.com.au/ In breaking news, the Western Australian State Government sent in demolition contractors to raze the vacant residences of the Swan Valley Nyungah Community. Emotions ran high among former residents, many of whom remain homeless. They only learned of the demolition as it was happening such was the clandestine nature of the Government’s underhandedness.

Nothing will be done about suicides crisis

by Gerry Georgatos - March 8th, 2014 - courtesy of The Stringer - http://thestringer.com.au/ - On October 23, the chair of the Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine responded to this publication’s sustained coverage of the horrific suicide crisis among First Nations people and to my research. Mr Mundine committed the Indigenous Advisory Council to the urgent need to address the pernicious and endemic crisis.

The Betrayal of Julian Assange

By Robyn Irene - February 23rd, 2014 - Truth changes everything. There is a kind of automatic reaction involved when factual information comes into the public sphere — whether that be the life of a country or an individual. Hidden secrets, the exposure of dirty washing, call it what you will, once we know what is concealed, we feel empowered.More so when our understanding of situations and complex scenarios is complete. The full story is the only story. It is only when we know that we can even begin to properly assess a situation, in our own lives, or in our world.

Toxic Hazelwood fires threaten our health

February 17 by Maude Farrugia of Korumburra, South Gippsland

It’s been over a week now that CFA crews have been battling the 1.3km blaze at Hazelwood coal mine. It’s also been over a week now that the surrounding areas of Southern & Western Gippsland have been blanketed in a fine haze of toxic smoke. And it’s not likely to stop anytime soon with predictions the fire could burn for weeks, months or even decades if it gets deep into the coal seam.

Related: ABC - Air quality continues to deteriorate at Morwell, Traralgon, as mine fire continues to burn | The Age - Health fear rises over Morwell mine fire | Environment Victoria - Hazelwood fire highlights persistent problems and failures of Latrobe Valley coal mines | Flickr - Hazelwood Mine Fire Photos | VOST Victoria - Morwell Open Cut / Hazelwood Mine Fire Info

Fears for lives of people in detention after Immigration Minister lies about death and casualties at Manus Island

Refugee advocates with contacts on Manus Island are reporting witnesses saw PNG police and locals attacking refugees after security employees were withdrawn from the detention centre. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison continues to peddle the lie that an internal "riot" was the cause of the injuries and mainstream media are perpetuating the minister's lies. The incident is another in a long line of human rights breaches and international relations disasters for the Abbott government.

Suicide crisis – from tragic to catastrophic

By Gerry Georgatos - February 6th, 2014 - courtesy of The Stringer - http://thestringer.com.au/ - Israel and Natalia are entitled to equality - Photo, Gerry Georgatos - Australia is facing a suicide crisis that is not abating, it is continuing and getting worse. If the suicides tragedy among our First Nations peoples remains unaddressed it will escalate from tragedy to catastrophe – with near genocidal-like effects. The neglect of this crisis is dirty racism. Whereas 1 in 24 of Aboriginal and Islander deaths each year are by suicide this may soon reach 1 in 6.

Tumult of death - 400 more suicides

Gerry Georgatos - courtesy of The Stringer - thestringer.com.au - Last year, I aggregated Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) hospital collated data on reported suicides of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – 996 suicides from 2001 to 2010. That is 1 in 24 of all deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – by suicide.

Schapelle Corby is innocent – part 9 – the abominable silence

by Gerry Georgatos - January 25th, 2014 - Schapelle Corby is innocent and the Australian Government has always known this to be the case. I know this not only from the overwhelming evidence compiled by The Expendable Project researchers who have put the verdict beyond reasonable doubt, I know it not only from the fact that no-one smuggles cannabis to Indonesia from Australia, but I know it from the Australian and Indonesian Governments, both who have told me that Schapelle Corby is innocent.

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