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The reluctant radical

Posted on October 12th, by Counteractive in Events, News. No Comments

We take off our hat to relucant radicals world wide. There are so many people we have had the pleasure of working with, who, prior to doing what they do…. had never quite thought they would be that person – leading a march, occupying an MP’s office, travelling 100’s of kilometres to stand in front of a coal mine.

But they do. And we get to work with them. And its a pleasure and an honour. We’re speaking at an event this evening – the Australian premiere of the Reluctant Radical, hosted by the wonderful Environmental Film Festival – a story about an average guy taking extraordinary action to get in the way of climate change and the fossil fuel industry.

It follows Ken Ward’s challenges and the emotional resilience required to stand in the way of such a massive industry. And … Read More »



Walking for country in WA

Posted on September 28th, by Eloise M in Campaigns, Events, News. No Comments

This year we spent a month walking in solidarity with traditional owners on Wangkatja country on the Walkatjurra Walkabout – Walking for Country. The Walkabout is a one month walk from Wiluna to Leonora, roughly 1000km north east of Fremantle/Walyalup.

The walk is in partnership with the Local Community, FootPrints for Peace Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA), the Anti Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia (ANAWA) and the Conservation Council of Western Australia. It is part of a 40 year campaign, led by staunch Aboriginal leaders, and supported by allies, that has kept WA uranium free for decades and safeguarded many sacred sites.

“While this walk is a valuable personal experience, it is also an action that plays an important role in the broader environmental and Aboriginal sovereignty movements. It is a partnership to share knowledge, culture and environmental awareness in a … Read More »



Non-Indigenous allies MIA at Stolenwealth games

Posted on July 28th, by Counteractive in Case study, News, Resources. No Comments

We were disappointed to see the lack of allies supporting the brave Aboriginal resistance at the Stolenwealth (Commonwealth) games earlier this year.

Beth Muldoon writes about being there, and ideas on being an effective ally. You can also check our overview for allies, and resources page if you interested in learning more.

As my tired body crumpled into a hard, plastic seat at the Coolangatta airport, my friend Nish said, “You know, I think that’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

“Yeah, by a long shot,” I replied. “I’ve been thinking that all week.”

After a lingering pause, we speculated on why only a small number of non-Indigenous people, ourselves included, joined the protest camp set up by a broad coalition of Indigenous activists opposing the Commonwealth Games.

An open invitation had been sent out months earlier via the Warriors of the … Read More »



My Health Record – Opting out

Posted on July 19th, by Counteractive in Campaigns, Case study, News, Surveillance. 10 comments

UPDATE, 28th September 2018

A huge amount has happened since we posted this overview two months ago. The government has come under significant pressure, with many calling for the program to be scrapped completely. They have embarked on a desperate advertising campaign, and had major level concerns raised by all levels of government, numerous doctors, NGO’s and privacy advocates. (including this thorough overview by a doctor casting doubt on whether basic compliance would even be possible for the average clinic) Of particular concern is section 70 of the My Health Records Act, which empowers the Australian Digital Health Agency to disclose patients’ health information to police, courts and the Australian Taxation Office without a warrant, if they did not opt out. It has also been confirmed that data will be made available to private corporations. The government have made some minor … Read More »