By Louise Sales The Australian government is once again asking states and territories to sign off on proposed changes that would allow scientists to use new genetic modification techniques such as CRISPR in animals, plants and microbes with no regulation.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) pledges to ‘defend Australia and its national interests’. However, the Government’s refusal to clearly report military greenhouse gas emissions may result in the ADF unnecessarily contributing to the greatest threat currently facing Australia and the rest of the world - anthropogenic climate change.
By Henry Boer Despite unequivocal evidence of ecosystems collapsing around the world, the major political parties in Australia (and other countries) seem largely not to care. They remain fixated on the economy above all else, with their public legitimacy resting on winning the debate around deficits, jobs and border security. But to effectively govern they also need to fix the problems affecting society. So why do they habitually fail to address the biggest threats imaginable?
Women are disproportionately affected by environmental injustice, climate change, disasters and the exploitation of Nature. This is especially so for women of colour, peasant and indigenous women, LBTQ women and women workers. Despite this, women are not victims. We are fighters. Women are protagonists in the defense of our territories and the fight for autonomy over our bodies, lives and labour force.
By Lian Sinclair Buzzfeed's recent exposé of WWF's practices around the world has shocked the public, funders and regulators.
In July this year, Australia will once again host huge joint US – AUS military exercises primarily along the Queensland coast, mainly within or traversing the Great Barrier Reef.
The federal election will be held on May 18. With climate change already bearing down on us, a recent decision by the government of Scott Morrison to sign off on Commonwealth approvals for the Adani Carmichael coal mine, and a robust debate about energy and renewables, there is no doubt that this will be the #climateelection. Elections are a time to remind all parties that they need to deliver solid action on climate change and the environment. The following are our key policy proposals for the 2019 federal election.
Pacific Islands Forum Statement 15 May 2019.
Responses to an election questionnaire circulated by Gene Ethics show major policy differences between political parties on how new methods of genetic modification (GM) such as CRISPR should be regulated.