Outside Martin Ferguson's office in Preston
“Due to the campaign by Federal ALP politician Martin Ferguson to force a radioactive waste dump on communities in northern Australia we feel compelled to visit his office on a regular basis to remind him that his constituents do not appreciate what he is up to” – from the Friends of the Earth website (
As on previous occasions, the office was closed for the duration, and there were several police in attendance, but nothing for them to do, and there was no sign of any constituents hoping for an audience. Campaigners came equipped with banners and – empty – radioactive waste drums, as well as leaflets and stickers to hand to passers-by. Most traffic was actually not on foot but by car, and many motorists tooted support as they passed.
There is a brief video of the event on EngageMedia.
For more on Friends of the Earth’s Anti-Nuclear and Clean Energy (ACE) campaign, visit http://www.foe.org.au/anti-nuclear/
Closed for the duration ...
Friends of the Earth issued a call for activists and community groups concerned about the Brumby government’s proposed answers to the growing water shortage – a desalination plant at Wonthaggi and a pipeline to bring water from the north- to demonstrate outside the electoral office of the minister responsible, Tim Holding. The call was answered not just by locals, but there was a passionate contingent also from Wonthaggi, as well as representatives of climate action groups around Melbourne. There were speakers, including Dave Kerin of Union Solidarity, Sue Bolton of Socialist Alliance, and Steven Cannon of Watershed Victoria, and the event was rounded off with live music.
There are photos from the action on the Foe website and here. The callout can be found here.
There are videos of the action and Dave Kerin’s speech on EngageMedia:
Here are some photos:
Overview of the protest
Cam Walker addressing the gathering
Dave Kerin of Union Solidarity speaking
A message from Friends of the Earth
The car that brought some of the protesters
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One of the musicians - from Tuvalu ...
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