Action on Climate Change Rally in Double Bay

Approximately 2000 rallyers gathered in Steyne Park at Double Bay in Sydney’s east to demand definitive action on climate change by Australia’s major political parties.

In Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s electorate of Wentworth — and just around the headland from the PM’s own private residence in Point Piper — those assembled heard from a number of speakers who gave their own impressions on the effects of climate change generally, but also with a particular focus to the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland.

The most recent El Nino weather pattern to hit Australia has resulted in about 22% of the reef being bleached white due to high water temperatures.

All speakers urged for bipartisan action on climate change, saying the stakes were too great for politics to get in the way of action now urgently needed.

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Former Liberal Party leader Dr John Hewson saying it’s time the major parties took a bipartisan approach to the climate change crisis.

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Dr Michael Borgus, a scientist working for the CSIRO, talks about funding cuts and staff shrinkages at the organisation.

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Dr Kate Charlesworth speaking about many of the dangers to society and individual health as a result of climate change.

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Dive operator Tony Fontes speaks about the effect of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef.

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The assembled crowd holding coloured coral cutouts to simulate the Great Barrier Reef.

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The crowd displays the white side of their coral cutouts to show the effects of coral bleaching, exacerbated by climate change.

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Amy Gordon, an activist with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, speaking on what the public can do to bring about policy change on environmental matters.

A Greenpeace boat passes the crowd on the foreshore of Double Bay.

A Greenpeace boat passes the crowd on the foreshore of Double Bay.

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March In August, Sydney

As Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s popularity continues to fall, thousands took to the streets in numerous cities and towns around the country today to protest against many of the Liberal/National policies which have been announced so far.

Hyde Park in Sydney was the venue for that city’s March In August event.

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March In May, Sydney

Following on from the successful March In March rally held across Australia, people gathered in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane to once again voice their anger at the Abbott government.

This time, though, there was the annual budget to consider. After Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey announced a swathe of cuts to spending in order to try bringing the budget back into surplus, the government has been suffering a vocal backlash.

A large crowd gathered in Belmore Park in downtown Sydney today to hear from speakers who detailed what these spending cuts could mean to students, retirees, the unemployed, disabled people, and Aboriginal people.

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Following the speeches, protesters marched along Broadway towards Victoria Park.

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At Railway Square near Central Station, students held a spontaneous sit-down demonstration to highlight their disagreement with proposed cuts to education and deregulation of university fees. Some students were forcibly removed by police before a “stand-off” which lasted about half an hour.

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Cambodia’s opposition party threatens more protests

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – It’s been just over a week since Cambodians cast their vote in the national election, and a definitive result remains elusive.

Both the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) have claimed victory, and both parties have said that they welcome an investigation into allegations of irregularities at polling stations such as people not able to find their names on the electoral roll, or being told that they had already voted.

While the CPP says it is happy for an investigation to take place, it is refusing to go along with the CNRP’s insistence that the United Nations be a part of the investigative process.

Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng has said that involving the UN would be a violation of Cambodian law.

Meanwhile, the CNRP held a rally in Freedom Park in Phnom Penh on Tuesday to thank its supporters and let them know the party will continue to fight for change in Cambodia. Despite rumours of a police crackdown, several thousand people gathered to hear CNRP president Sam Rainsy and party deputy leader Kem Sokha speak. Police presence was very small, and the rally remained incident-free.

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A Cambodian National Rescue Party supporter showing cards printed with the party’s logo and photograph of Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy.

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One of thousands of CNRP supporters in Freedom Park.

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CNRP president Sam Rainsy addressing the crowd in Freedom Park.

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CNRP deputy leader Kem Sokha takes to the microphone at the Freedom Park rally.

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Part of the thousands-strong crowd gathered in Freedom Park.

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CNRP MP Mu Sochua greeting the crowd towards the end of the rally.

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A CNRP supporter in high spirits during the rally.

 

Cambodia Votes

The below photos first appeared on New Matilda in the article ‘Cambodia Hits The Polls’. The article was also written by me.

Voters waiting to check their names on the electoral register in Phnom Penh.

Voters waiting to check their names on the electoral register in Phnom Penh.

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy at a polling station in Phnom Penh.

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy at a polling station in Phnom Penh.

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy at a polling station in Phnom Penh.

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy at a polling station in Phnom Penh.

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An election official helping a voter to find her name on the register at the polling station in Wat Botum temple.

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A moto-taxi driver outside the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh showing his ink-stained finger, showing that he has cast his vote.

 

 

 

Cambodian government and opposition rallies in Phnom Penh

Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sohka of the Cambodian National Rescue Party arrived in Phnom Penh on Friday and held a rally in Freedom Park.

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Meanwhile, supporters of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party were near Independence Monument, conducting a rally/street party of their own.

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Cambodian National Rescue Party campaigns in Battambang

BATTAMBANG, CAMBODIA – the main opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party, has been campaigning vigorously since party leader Sam Rainsy returned from a four-year self-imposed exile last Friday.

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Cambodian National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy addressing supporters at a rally in Battambang.

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Kem Sokha, Sam Rainsy and Mu Sochua

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A section of the huge crowd gathered near Psar Nath to hear Sam Rainsy speak.

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CNRP supporters listening to Sam Rainsy.

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Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy

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Young CNRP supporters on the roadside in provincial Battambang.

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Young CNRP supporters who were part of the rally.

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Young CNRP supporters who were part of the rally.

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Young CNRP supporters who were part of the rally.

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Young CNRP supporters who were part of the rally.

Mr Rainsy along with high-level party members Mr Kem Sokha and Ms Mu Sochua, have embarked on a rapid journey through many of Cambodia’s provincial centres before the election this Sunday.

On July 23, the convoy stopped in Battambang and drew a large crowd.

After Mr Rainsy spoke to the supporters massed outside Psar Nath, the convoy travelled through the countryside to spread its message of change for Cambodia.

Mr Rainsy left Cambodia in 2009 after being found guilty of charges brought against him by the Prime Minister, Mr Hun Sen. The charges, connected with the moving of border markers between Cambodia and Vietnam, are believed by many to be politically motivated.

Last July, the Human Rights Party led by Kem Sokha merged with the Sam Rainsy Party to form the Cambodian National Rescue Party.

Earlier this month, Mr Hun Sen petitioned for a royal pardon to be issued for Mr Rainsy so he could return to Cambodia and campaign for his party.

Because he was found guilty of criminal charges, Mr Rainsy was made ineligible to contest a seat in the election. Despite petitions to have Mr Rainsy’s name reinstated, he will not be permitted to run for his own party.

The ruling party, the Cambodian People’s Party, headed by Mr Hun Sen, is expected to win the polls on Sunday. The party has been in government since 1985.