Matt Grudnoff on his report for the Australia Institute on coal seam gas

We speak with Matt Grudnoff, senior economist at the Australia Institute about his recently released report on coal seam gas.

“The purpose of this paper is to bust the gas industry’s myths about coal seam gas (CSG). The gas industry has been prolific in putting out exaggerated claims about CSG’s economic benefits while at the same time staying almost completely silent on the health and environmental risks. This paper will look at both the economic claims and the health and environmental risks and will show that, while the economic benefits are likely to be relatively small, a lot more work needs to be done to assess the health and environmental risks. There is little for Australia to gain by rushing into an expansion of CSG operations.”

Read the full report here – http://www.tai.org.au/content/fracking-future

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Luke Stobart – What’s happening with the #indignados?

Luke Stobart is a writer and researcher based in Barcelona and London and has published books on globalisation and the anti-war movement.  We speak with him about recent events in Madrid and more broadly about the Indignado movement in Spain.

See also…

http://left-flank.org/2014/03/17/whatever-happened-indignados-part-1/#sthash.tVcIaTXL.dpbs

You can follow Luke on twitter – @CaminoCielos.

 

 

Sam Fox on the Sydney Biennale boycott and a response from WA artists

We speak with local artist and creative director of Hyrda Poesis Sam Fox on the recent artist boycott of the Sydney Biennale, protesting the sponsorship of the event by Transfield, a company responsible for the running of the Manus Island detention centre.

The boycott has inspired local artists looking to stage creative protest of their own with Sam initiating a recent meeting attended by over 50 local artists “Boycotts, Brandis and Artistic Resistance” – https://www.facebook.com/events/483753588396615/.