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Macnamara Candidates’ Forum on climate change & energy @ St Kilda Town Hall

Text & images by Kerrie Pacholli

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Macnamarra Candidates Forum on climate change & energy at St Kilda Town Hall

Open Media has been employed to film and report on the Macnamara Candidates’ Forum on climate change & energy held at St Kilda Town Hall on April 3rd, 2019.

One of the organisers, artist Anselm von Rood from Stop Adani and  partner documentary film maker Nicole Ma are strongly opposed to the Adani / Wilmar / Carmichael’s earth shattering mining scheme being set up at the Galilee Basin in Queensland. A hot topic of debate in politics as it threatens The Australian Great Barrier Reef as well as earth’s atmosphere in general.

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Eloisa Moses-McMahon Albert Park College

I had a not so informed awareness of the name Adani and threats to The Great Barrier Reef, but like many, I am prone to wearing blinkers when it comes to issues that I feel I have little control over. So I mustered the courage and googled Adani Australia. 

I discovered on the Adani Wilmar website they proudly state:

‘…At Adani Wilmar, we are committed towards working for a healthy growing India…’

Adani Australia is a company privately owned by Gautam Shantilal Adani, an Indian billionaire industrialist who is the chairman and founder of the Adani Group.

Their partners for the Carmichael Mine and The Great Barrier Reef mining threat is the Singapore based company Wilmar owned  by Vinod Adani, sole director of a number of Singapore-registered companies that control the Australian rail and port assets and are in turn owned first in the Cayman Islands and then in the British Virgin Islands.

Filmed by Tim Barnett / Edited by Simon Barnett. Produced by Open Media

Adani Australia website states it is an energy and infrastructure company, dedicated to delivering energy solutions for an advancing world.  One question that springs to mind is advancing into what…

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Kate Ashmore Liberal 

I found it interesting that the Adani Australia website spearheaded their message to the world by showcasing Adani Renewables Australia first.

So far, one solar farm called Rugby Run near Morenbah became fully operational in early 2019. Apparently, there is another solar farm on the drawing board earmarked for Whyalla.

I learned that Adani / Wilmar / Carmichael conglomerant has mined coal in Australia for over 30 years and there is little doubt in anyone’s mind that Adani are good at employing people to mine coal and transport coal around the world.

I discovered that Adani Australia is keen to deliver power to the millions of Indian’s who have lived without coal driven electricity and that Adani have a power purchase agreement signed to sell 80% of energy generated.

I learned that Adani boasts owning the largest and most effective earth shattering dredging equipment. That this multi-dimensional energy and infrastructure conglomerate has acquired ownership of endless ports and rail transport networks around Australia and the rest of the globe.

“… At peak capacity the Carmichael mine would produce 60 million tonnes of coal a year, much of it “low quality, high ash…”

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Josh Burne (ALP)

Perhaps Adani will conquer the world, literally, with their coal driven electricity trajectory.

The question beggars, are there other ways of creating electricity and energy and employing people in  Australia and around the world  in an eco friendly way? At the Macnamara Candidates’ Forum on climate change & energy I discovered there are other ways to power and employ in eco friendly, progressive ways, that will allow future generations of humans, plants and animals live.

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Steph Hodgins-May The Greens

Open Media is working with Port Phillip EcoCentre, Australian Conservation Foundation, PPAS (Port Phillip Alliance for Sustainability. Stop Adani, CAPP (Community Alliance of Port Phillip. LIVE (Locals into Victoria’s Environment, unChained and AYCC (Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

We will be continuing our coverage with extended film footage of the complete forum very soon as we head towards the Federal Elections on the 18 May 2019, so stay posted for other angles to this debate.

Macnamara Candidate’s Forum on climate change & energy

Open Media is proud to be supporting and filming this very important event.  Stay posted for filmed footage and story to come from the night.

St Kilda Town Hall – Wed 3rd April, 7 to 9pm- Free Event – All welcome

This Wednesday evening, from 7pm – 9pm, the candidates for the three major parties will participate in this live, public forum on climate change and energy. 

The forum is of interest because:
– You can hear directly from each candidate as they discuss their views on the most critical issue of the day; climate change
– The larger the crowd the more the candidates will see that climate change is a very weighty issue for voters
– It’s your opportunity to ask any candidate your question about their climate change and energy policies
– Climate change policy has a direct impact on the health of our waterways, beaches and the bay.

Three subject matter experts will also speak and provide their views on what needs to be done about climate change and energy.  This should give the candidates plenty to discuss on the night! The speakers are; Fiona Armstrong from the Climate and Health Alliance, Simon Holmes a Court from Energy Transition Hub and Eloisa Moses-McMahon from Albert Park College (student).

See full details of the forum here: https://forum.org.au/


Adrian Spurr’s ‘me human’ exhibition opening the Gallery St Kilda Town hall.

Bell’uono (Handsome man) $4,500 by Adrian Spurr image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

The opening of Adrian Spurr’s ‘me human’ exhibition at the Gallery St Kilda Town Hall along with Ann Ryan’s Cacophony exhibition was attended by hundreds of supporters and art enthusiasts.

Comedian and MC Brian Nankervis kick started the night with an entertaining session of Rock Quz evoking an atmosphere of unity,  fun and celebration.

Between the two artists there was over $30,000 of sales on the night leaving  the artists and the Gallery staff feeling very satisfied with their efforts.

This joint exhibition will be open to the public Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5pm. The address is 99a Carlisle Street St Kilda.

This is an extraordinary exhibition not to be missed.

by Kerrie Pacholli

Charles Makula at ‘me human’ exhibition at the Gallery image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com
Freddie Warschauer, Josephine Celeste & Adrian Spurr image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com