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Don't NAB Our Future - Geelong action
By Matt Hrkac, 17 September 2021

Extinction Rebellion and other environmentalist groups are currently targeting the National Australia Bank (NAB) in a nation-wide, locally driven, branch-by-branch campaign in protest against the bank's support for fossil fuel developments.

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A couple dozen activists from a group called the Otways Climate Emergency Action Network (OCEAN) blockaded the Port of Geelong entrance today in protest against seismic testing/blasting - with the aim of searching for gas deposits - in the Otways Basin. The vessel conducting the seismic testing, Geo Coral, was moored at the port.

Three people locked on to the gate, eventually being cut free by the police and fire brigade.

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Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin

Port of Geelong blockade against seismic testing in the Otways Basin




The Australian federal court recently ruled that the federal government has a duty of care to protect future generations from climate harm, and the federal government is seeking to appeal this ruling.

Extinction Rebellion staged an action at the front of Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg's electoral office to demand that the government take its commitment to protecting future generations seriously.

Two activists scaled the roof and remained in place for close to six hours as police were reportedly reluctant to make any arrests. Several activists also glued on the front door entrance to the office.

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Several activists glue on to the front entrance of Frydenberg's office.

XR Youth was highly energetic and visible.

Pedal Rebels cycle past the action several times.

The pair on the roof remain up there for several hours.

A DISCObedience flashmob starts, dancing to Bee Gee's Stayin' Alive.

After a stand off lasting five hours, the fire brigade finally arrives.

First of the two rooftop protesters is taken off the rooftop and led away by police. He's immediately released.

The second of the rooftop protesters glued on, making it more difficult for him to be removed.

He doesn't cooperate with police either. He's taken into custody.

A third protester is taken under arrest and into custody for gluing on at the front entrance of Frydenberg's office.




Rally: NAB, get out of gas (Melbourne)
By Matt Hrkac, 14 July 2021

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and 350.org held a rally at the front of the Melbourne headquarters of the National Australia Bank (NAB) to demand that it divests from gas. View full photo album.

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)

Rally: National Australia Bank, get out of gas (Melbourne)




As part of its "gas led recovery" out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government have opened up an area around the Twelve Apostles and Port Campbell in Victoria to offshore gas drilling.

Extinction Rebellion and the Red Rebels staged an action at the Twelve Apostles and Port Campbell in protest against gas drilling.

The Red Rebel Brigade is an international performance 'artivist' troupe dedicated to illuminating the global environmental crisis and supporting groups and organisations fighting to save humanity and all species from mass extinction.

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Supporters of Palestine rallied in Melbourne for a third time.

Although numbers were smaller compared to the previous two pro-Palestine protests that occurred in the city on May 15 and May 22 - the Palestinian/Israel conflict has been largely 'out of sight, out of mind', plus the COVID-19 pandemic remains a real and seemingly ever-present threat - the demand for Palestinian justice was as clear as ever.

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Geelong Library Stop Work Action
By Matt Hrkac, 02 July 2021

The Geelong Library is ranked as one of the best in Victoria, yet its staff is among the lowest paid.

Australian Services Union members employed at the library are taking industrial action to improve their wages and conditions. They today walked off the job and were joined by members of a number of other unions, including the Construction, Forestry, Mining, Maritime and Energy Union, the Independent Education Union, the Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association, the National Tertiary Education Union, the Australian Unemployed Workers' Union and the Renters and Housing Union, among others.

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Behind the scenes and stills from day 9 for Taymaynari Productions' "Jett". Filming took place at the Great Northern Hotel in Carlton North, the Warehouse Photography Space in Carlton, and in Melbourne's Chinatown. View full photo album.

 




Behind the scenes and stills from day 8 for Taymaynari Productions' "Jett". Filming took place at Geelong High School. Full photo album.




Friday Protest @ Park Hotel
By Matt Hrkac, 25 June 2021

Protest initiated by the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism to support the refugees still being detained in the Park Hotel, Carlton. View full photo album.




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