South Australia

Peopleā€™s Assembly in Canberra at the Opening of Parliament

Date and Time: 
Tue, 28/09/2010 -
11:30am to 1:30pm
Parliament House the grassy hill Canberra, Australia
Contact Name: 
Sue Bolton
Contact Phone: 
0413 377 978
Contact Email:

We are asking for you to join with us at a Peoples Assembly in Canberra at the opening of Parliament on Tuesday 28 September (2010).

We will assemble on the lawns outside Parliament House to call on the new Parliament to introduce humane refugee policies and stop using refugees as political footballs. Refugee groups are asked to bring banners with the key messages of the gathering as well as their own messages.

Bashed Beverley Uranium protesters win $700,000 payout

A South Australian Supreme Court Judge has awared over $700,000 in damages to 10 people bashed with batons, capsicum sprayed and locked in a shipping container at a protest against the Beverley Uranium Mine in May 2000. The judge slammed the ā€œStar Forceā€ special response police for abusing human rights and using excessive force. He also slammed the Deputy Premier and Police Minister for refuseing to mediate a solution and publically calling the demonstrators ā€œferalā€.

From The Beverley Blockade | Beverley Police violence victims file suit. | Protest Images


WGAR News: National day of action against Muckaty nuclear waste dump: 12th April!

WGAR: Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)

WGAR website:

National Day of Action against Muckaty Nuclear Waste Dump: 12th April!
Nuclear Waste Dump: Possible Legal Challenge; Tennant Creek Protests


[Please note, WGAR is not the organiser for the National Day of Action. See ASEN link below for details of contacts.]

- Background of Muckaty Nuclear Waste Dump

Beyond Nuclear Initiativeā€™s weblog:

Widow calls for lawyer to be disbarred over cycling death

Earlier this week Lawyer and former police officer Eugene McGee and his brother Craig Patrick McGee were found not guilty of conspiracy to attempt to pervert the course of justice. They had been accused of conspiring to avoid police after a fatal collision on the Kapunda Road, just north of Adelaide, in 2003. Cyclist Ian Humphrey, 46, was killed when he was hit from behind by Eugene McGee's four-wheel-drive.


South Australia faces catastrophic fire danger

Catastrophic Fire Danger warning has been issued for two regions in South Australia - Flinders and North-West Pastoral districts - because of predicted extreme temperatures, strong winds and low humidity. This is the first time this top classification fire warning has been used in Australia.

Overfishing: Bluefin tuna crashing toward extinction

The 25% cut in the Australian quota for Southern Bluefin Tuna has been described by the Wilderness Society as a step in the right direction, but the cut is too little too late with the fish species teetering close to the edge of extinction. The Quota reduction was made in an agreement at the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna meeting in South Korea in October 2009. The fish was listed in 1996 as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Related: Papua New Guinea tuna factories threaten regional ecology, livelihoods


Beverly protestors suing South Australian government

Ten people were in the South Australian Supreme Court this week asking for $630,000 in damages for being beaten with batons, locked in shipping containers and sprayed with capsicum spray by the para-military "Star Force" during a peaceful protest at the Beverly Mine site in 2000. Amongst those attacked was an eleven year old Adnyamathana girl and a Channel 7 news crew. Premier Mike Rann dismissed the claims saying the state had a right to be tough on "feral protestors" and "anarchists".