Victorian unconventional gas inquiry launched, Nats vote down expanded terms

Posted on May 28, 2015
Victorian unconventional gas inquiry launched, Nats vote down expanded terms

The long-awaited Victorian inquiry into unconventional gas has finally cranked into gear, after the state government released its terms of reference on 7 May 2015.  The announcement of the terms of reference sparked some political controversy over its breadth, or perceived lack thereof.  The Greens, with the ALP’s support, sought to extend the enquiry by […]

The Victorian Treasurer’s confusion

Posted on May 22, 2015
The Victorian Treasurer’s confusion

The Victorian government went to last year’s state election with a reserved stance on unconventional gas mining, committing to keeping the current moratorium in place while they conducted a parliamentary enquiry. Since then, Minister for Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio, has said the moratorium will “remain in place until the science shows that it is […]

#FriendofFoE – make your voice heard!

Posted on May 20, 2015
#FriendofFoE – make your voice heard!

Environmental organisations alerting Australians to the basic facts – that a safe climate and healthy environment are the foundations on which our life is founded – are under threat by the Abbott government.  Friends of the Earth, Quit Coal’s mother ship, has been specifically targeted by the current government’s campaign to strip environmental organisations of […]

1 down, 4 to go! Coal Plants Left to Shut in Victoria

Posted on May 13, 2015
1 down, 4 to go! Coal Plants Left to Shut in Victoria

by Phil Evans Yesterday was a great day in Victoria for two reasons. One, we finally saw one of Victoria’s aging brown coal fired power plants shut down at Anglesea. And two, we saw that communities, when united, are an unstoppable force and that their will will always prevail. The closing of Anglesea represents a […]

Election Results

Posted on Dec 5, 2014
Election Results

Well, Labor won. It’s not exactly a surprise, and it’s more or less a positive thing (from Quit Coal’s point of view) but there are a few interesting things that it’s worth thinking about: two factoids, the upsides, and the Upper House result. There are two factoids about this election that everyone is repeating. First, […]

Beyond Coal and Gas: Protecting our heritage, embracing the future

Posted on Nov 21, 2014
Beyond Coal and Gas: Protecting our heritage, embracing the future

There is an amazing feeling that comes when a gathering of people from around the nation come together for a common cause. The ‘Beyond Coal and Gas’ summit sought to bring people from the many corners of Australia (and New Zealand and Singapore!) to unite them as part of the powerful social movement against the […]

ANZ, Quit Coal and the Climate Warriors

Posted on Nov 21, 2014
ANZ, Quit Coal and the Climate Warriors

On Wednesday 22nd October, a group of around 80 people, including a number of Quit Coalers, occupied the ANZ headquarters in Docklands, Melbourne, calling on the bank to divest from fossil fuels. The action was one of a number of events across the country held in solidarity with the Pacific Islands, which are at the […]

The people of Meerlieu say it with Utes.

Posted on Oct 27, 2014
The people of Meerlieu say it with Utes.

In the struggle to stop mining and the government from ruining their land, health and livelihoods, the people of Meerlieu and surrounds could have found no better vehicle for expression than the iconic farmers’ ute. It symbolizes the toughness of farm work and the versatility and range of the rural lifestyle, and reminds us that […]

Glenelg Council votes to be Gasfield free

Posted on Sep 8, 2014
Glenelg Council votes to be Gasfield free

Glenelg Shire will stay an unconventional gasfield free zone if Glenelg Shire Council gets its way. Councillors have unanimously supported a motion, moved by Cr John Northcott, at last night’s August Council Meeting. In front of an overflowing public gallery at the Portland Council Chambers, Cr Northcott said Council could not risk the future of […]