Sorry, who is idiotic, Michael O’Brien?

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 in Climate Change, Coal, Non-Violent Direct Action, Politics
Sorry, who is idiotic, Michael O’Brien?

by Livia Cullen There is a bittersweet irony to Michael O’Brien’s comments last week that the actions of anti-coal protestors who scaled Yallourn power station were idiotic, threatened power supplies and showed no regard for Victorians. The two Quit Coal activists were protesting the federal government’s $5.5 billion handouts to the country’s dirtiest coal-fired power stations. Their […]

Quit Coal climbs Yallourn: The Longest Power Station Occupation in Australia’s History

Quit Coal climbs Yallourn:  The Longest Power Station Occupation in Australia’s History

On Thursday, two Quit Coal volunteers climbed up one of the cooling towers at Yallourn Power Station. It was a direct challenge to the handouts the Federal Government is giving to the power station and a defiance of the critical infrastructure laws, designed to curtail coal and climate protest. Yallourn The facility is one of […]

DROPPING IN ON PARLIAMENT

DROPPING IN ON PARLIAMENT

First we heard how much coal power was costing us, impacting on our health, devastating vital ecosystems and draining the national budget. Then there was the news of the increased risk of cancer among coal workers in Newcastle. Then there was the news of the record sea-ice melt in the Arctic, caused primarily by our […]

NO NEW COAL RALLY AND EXERGEN SIT-IN

NO NEW COAL RALLY AND EXERGEN SIT-IN   At midday on Thursday the 28th of June, there was a group of people getting worked up over more than who stole their lunch out of the work fridge. More than 200 people spent their lunchtime on the steps of Parliament house to say that they want […]

Baillieu Refuses to Come Clean on Dirty Plan for Brown Coal Exports

Baillieu Refuses to Come Clean on Dirty Plan for Brown Coal Exports

Eight people locked together inside Premier Ted Baillieu’s electoral office in Hawthorn demanding Baillieu explain where he is taking Victoria. Despite promises at the last election to take real action on climate change, his government has repeatedly shown that they don’t take the issue seriously. Together with coal technology company Exergen, the government is covertly […]

Quit Coal Dis-Mantle plans for an open-cut Victoria

Quit Coal had a hectic week this week, with three separate actions taking place related to coal in Victoria. On Monday afternoon we visited Mantle Mining’s general meeting to tell them what we think of their plans to destroy bacchus Marsh farmlands  for brown coal exports. Two activists locked themselves to a stairwell in the […]

Quit Coal Locks On And Wins Meeting With Baillieu’s Chief Of Staff

Quit Coal Locks On And Wins Meeting With Baillieu’s Chief Of Staff

Here’s the scene: It is 7PM at night, and four Quit Coal protestors are being led through the corridors of the Premier’s office at 1 Treasury place. They have been locked together in the foyer of the building via their necks and thumbs since 11AM in the morning. Outside the foyer, channel’s 9, 7 and […]