TAFE4ALL: Skills, Not Bills

TAFE students having their say on the coming fee hike, including a few words from a National-Anarchist currently studying at a TAFE in Victoria. Making education available to people in the community is something National-Anarchists feel strongly about, we will do whatever we can to make education and training available to all those that want it.

Freedom from Fluoride in Melbourne

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The growing Geelong anti-fluoridation campaign took to the steps of Parliament on Wednesday in order to strengthen the broader campaign, along with fellow groups throughout Victoria. The Barwon Freedom from Fluoridation organisation also presented an open letter to the Minister for Health, Daniel Andrews, demanding the immediate end to fluoridation in the whole of Victoria. The protest was over 100 strong at it’s height and included concerned individuals from Geelong, Melbourne, Castlemaine and various other parts of Victoria. Opposition to fluoridation is definitely not just a small issue hidden away in Geelong, many Victorians are angry that they have not been consulted, let alone given active consent.

National-Anarchists attended the event, taking video footage and distributing informative pamphlets to other protestors and passers by. It is a disturbing reality that since the beginning of this fluoridation campaign, National-Anarchists have been the only radical political movement to become involved and express support against such an attack on democratic and civil freedoms. There has been no support from the wider Anarchist movement, no other Nationalist involvement, the closest to broader political co-operation has been individual Greens members, a Democratic Labor Party MP and individual trade unionists. How can we truly confront the problem of “representative” democracy is we will only co-operate on the really big issues. Fluoridation is an issue that affects people in their local communities, directly in their homes, it touches them much more closely and critically than global capitalism or climate change.

Besides of the let down from fellow anti-establishment activists, the rally was largely succesful. Victorian National-Anarchists have continued to network with people from across the state, also conducting an interview with a popular YouTube journalist. The broader campaign against fluoridation has been let down by the complete lack of mainstream media attention but what more can we expect, the media has no intention of covering real issues – we have the means, we need to make our own media!

Our video of the days events is here, there will be more news on the forced fluoridation issue as it develops.

UNITED! FOR AN ANARCHIST FUTURE!

The Urbanisation of Hamilton

By a Hamilton National-Anarchist

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Recently it seems that we are seeing housing estates pop up everywhere around Hamilton. If you live in the Hamilton region you have probably already heard about plans from VicUrban development to release 300 lots of land on the edge of lake Hamilton.

Obviously this is a long term project spanning over a ten year period. At the weekend launch of this program around 300 people attended, yet only one block of land was sold.

Builders and homeowners are required to install rain water tanks which will be plumbed to the toilet, laundry and hot water system. Apparently this is their idea of sustainable building. However building on this area is not sustainable at all. Not only will it create much unwanted noise pollution, but it will also increase the amount of traffic on Ballarat road. From an environmental perspective, it will destroy natural habits of animals and birds which inhabit the land, and also destroy the scenery of Lake Hamilton.

Do people really want to live in artificially made communities?

These houses that are being produced in the estates are not unique in the slightest but look overly modern for a rural town.

Obviously this is an example of a major company trying to make a quick buck at the expense of a rural community. People of Hamilton need to remember that we are a rural community and not a suburb in a capital city. If this sort of building continues within Hamilton we will eventually end up with a concrete jungle of ticky-tacky houses that look the same.

Say NO to the Lakes Edge housing estates!

For more information on VicUrban, the State Government agency responsible for this venture in to Hamilton, see their website. The development in Hamilton does not represent the interests of the people of Hamilton, the urbanisation of Hamilton is not sustainable and will inevitably change the character of this rural community forever. National-Anarchists in the Hamilton area and throughout Victoria will never allow these commercial invasions in to local communities to go unanswered.