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Saturday 15th of August 2020 (UTC)

Colin Penter – Page 2

The privatisation of Centrelink: a recipe for a bigger disaster than Centrelink already is

‘What I am basically saying is that welfare must become a good deal for investors, for private investors. We have to make it a good deal for the returns to be there, to attract the level of capital that will be necessary in addition to the significant injection of capital and resources that is already […]

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When official reports obscure as well as explain: An analysis of the report on Cockburn Sound mass fish deaths

 The Department of Fisheries has released the report of its investigation into the massive fish die-off that occurred in Cockburn Sound in late November and early December 2015. Over 2000 fish and 15 species died. An earlier piece I wrote on the environmental crisis is here and here. However, like many official reports, the Fisheries […]

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Categories Environment
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Environmental crisis and massive fish kill in Cockburn Sound

An environmental crisis is unfolding in Perth’s Cockburn Sound and no one seems to know the cause. A massive fish kill, or localized die off of fish populations is occurring. Over recent weeks, more than 2000 fish, mainly pink snapper and blowfish, as well as marine life up the food chain, including pelicans, seabirds and fairy penguins have been found dead in Cockburn Sound and along its beaches. […]

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Corporate executive found guilty faces a jail sentence

“Don Blankenship’s conviction doesn’t feel like victory but in the grand scope of more than a century of the coal industry’s abuse of the people of Appalachia, it may mark a starting place….My heart aches for all those who suffered and died under Blankenship’s avaricious lash. The jury showed him more mercy than he has […]

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The Planned Parenthood shooting, domestic terrorism and the Christian right-wing war on women

“It is offensive and outrageous that some politicians are now claiming this tragedy has nothing to do with the toxic environment they helped create,” Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens As someone who worked for 6 years in the area of sexual and reproductive health here in Western Australia, it is chilling to see colleagues in […]

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Cutting ‘red tape’ and the rise in workplace fatalities

Last week here in Perth, three young men went to work but did not come home. Benjamin White, Joe McDermott and Gerry Bradley all died at their place of work.  Joe McDermott and Gerry Bradley were crushed to death by a concrete panel that fell off the back of a truck at a building site […]

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The photographic exploitation of victims of economic depression

“I wish she (Lange) hadn’t taken my picture. I can’t get a penny out of it. She didn’t ask my name. She said she wouldn’t sell the pictures. She said she’d send me a copy. She never did.” Florence Thompson How could it be that someone could take a photograph of someone else, which photograph […]

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Categories Arts & Letters
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Holding mining executives criminally responsible for the deaths and harms they cause

The BHP Billion mining disaster in Brazil raises fundamental questions about the criminal responsibility and liability of mining corporations for the deaths and harms they cause.  This issue is at the heart of a historic trial currently taking place in a Federal Courthouse in Charleston Virginia in the USA. Donald Blankenship, the former Chairman and […]

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Categories General News
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Iceland prosecutes and imprisons corporate criminals

Iceland has shown how to deal with fraudulent banks and bankers who engage in market manipulation, plundering of people’s savings and unlawful activity.  It has prosecuted them as corporate criminals. Twenty six (26) bankers have been sentenced to a combined 74 years in prison for crimes relating to financial fraud and criminality. It is a lesson other […]

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Who said poetry serves no useful purpose? Samantha Connor’s poem of complaint

Samantha Connor’s poem of complaint has had the desired effect, yielding a refund and a response from the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and a promise to address the problem. Earlier in the week I wrote this piece (and published here about Samantha’s  response to her attempt to book a ticket for a Stephen Fry gig at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre, only […]

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Categories Human Rights
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