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A #nononoyes thread with a few facts about the state of Victoria before today's #ClimateStrike #springst

1. Victoria’s three brown coal power stations burn around a million tonnes of coal per week, that's more than the proposed Adani mine will produce.
2. Victoria’s Yallourn power station is Australia’s dirtiest and most polluting coal-fired power station, which is slated to remain open for another 13 years.
3. Even with the state government's 50% renewable energy target Victoria’s energy sector will still produce 33.9 million tonnes of carbon pollution in 2030.
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So this week, #springst debates a Bill to make it easier for #trans and gender diverse Victorians to get documents that reflect who we really.

That debate is likely to get ugly and stupid so here’s a thread.
Firstly, if you’re a #trans or gender diverse person, feel free to look/step away now.

You don’t have to participate in this if it hurts you. Look after yourself, and each other.

And if the debate takes its toll and you need support reach out to @switchboard_vic or QLife
Secondly. If you know or love a trans or gender diverse person, look out for them for the next little bit. And stand up for/with them. I’m looking especially as you, other letters of the #LGBTIQ alphabet. We need you now please.
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Have just looked at the terms of reference website for Victorian Mental Health Royal Commission & wanted to share some thoughts about the proposed priorities & what I see as some gaps. I’ll make a thread here. engage.vic.gov.au/royal-commissi… #MentalHealthRC #SpringSt
Perhaps I should start by saying that just about everyone in Australia will have spoken, or will speak, to a health professional or counsellor about mental distress, so this is not a fringe issue or something relating only to those with severe mental health conditions.
Alternatively, most or all will support someone in mental health crisis, or indirectly experience the impacts effective or poorly-functioning services during encounters with neighbours, friends, schoolmates, workmates, etc.
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Liberal for Monbulk John Schurink is blatantly lying to voters on Facebook. As a former member of the CFA Board, Schurink would certainly know the claims he is making are false & misleading. I'll pick out some examples in this thread. 1/ #springst #vicvotes @rwillingham
Schurink is conflating the 2016 CFA EBA as proposed by the Fair Work Commission with the 2017 fire service reforms. The reforms *remove* UFU members from the CFA. There will be *no* EBA and therefore *no* influence on CFA decisions, let alone "veto" or "control". 2/
That is a desperate attempt to recycle the 2016 "Hands Off the CFA" anti-EBA federal election campaign, turning it bizarrely on a reform that is *the complete opposite* of a union takeover of the CFA. Such a brazen, deliberate attempt to mislead voters is an absolute disgrace. 3/
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Full house tonight at Richmond Town Hall for #Yarra @transport_forum #SpringSt
@KPMaltzahn setting Greens' agenda for #doncasterrail and more public transport. Supports @WalmerStBridge #Yarra @transport_forum #SpringSt
@rwynnemp discusses poorly planned #EWLink, damage inflicted upon local residents. Broader focus on @DanielAndrewsMP public transport projects + increased capacity + Metro Rail #Yarra @transport_forum #SpringSt
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#Livetweeting from #Manningham #NELink forum, where it's a full house, @tonybmorton currently providing background, talking about LA traffic issues, now explaining #inducedtraffic effect, especially when transport alternatives are poor
Now onto #NELink, origins in 1960s freeway plan, linking F18 / F19, prime objective making it 'easier' to drive into central Melbourne... then find a parking spot... Tony onto explaining the triple threat of #WestGateTunnel / #EWLink /#NELink
What's driving this massive road developments, despite poor BCR for #EWLink? @tonybmorton believes it's government allowing unsolicited proposals. And Transurban pushing their commercial interests
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Quickie thread: You are likely to see certain anti sex industry activists start putting forward arguments in favour of the Nordic Model, two rules of thumb: (i) Check the footnotes; (ii) Remember basic guides to academic references from first year university /1
Nordic Model advocates will link to the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women in Australia's document "Demand Change: Understanding the Nordic Approach to Prostitution" - if a student submitted this in one of my classes, they would fail. catwa.org.au/wp-content/upl… /2
Of the 43 references in the report, only six are academic papers in peer reviewed journals (green) + 12 were gov reports (yellow) - the rest are websites, books and op-eds (blue) or deliberately misleading "journals" and "papers" which aren't what they seem (red) /3 #SpringSt
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Victoria's controversial bill to split the Country Fire Authority has been voted DOWN after the state opposition reneged on parliamentary pairing arrangements at the eleventh hour. #springst
For those playing at home - Liberal MPs Craig Ondarchie and Bernie Finn were provided a pairing for religious reasons - meaning two Labor MPs absented themselves from parliament.
BUT they walked back into the Legislative Council on Good Friday to vote against the changes. The bill was defeated 19-18.
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