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Australian students plan school strikes to protest against climate inaction

Australian education Australian students plan school strikes to protest against climate inaction

Hundreds say they will skip school, urging politicians to treat climate change as an emergency

Three Castlemaine student strikers: Milou Albrecht, 14, Harriet O’Shea Carre, 14, Nimowei Johnson, 13.
Three Castlemaine student strikers, Milou Albrecht, 14, Harriet O’Shea Carre, 14, Nimowei Johnson, 13, say they cannot yet vote to influence climate policy so they will protest instead. Photograph: Julian Meehan

Hundreds of students around the country are preparing to strike from school because of what they say is a failure by politicians to recognise climate change as an emergency.

They’ve been inspired by 15-year-old Greta Thunberg, a Swedish student who has been sitting outside the parliament in central Stockholm to draw attention to the fears younger generations hold about the global climate crisis and the failure of countries to take urgent action.

Fourteen-year-old Milou Albrecht, a year 8 student at Castlemaine Steiner school in Victoria, her classmate Harriet O’Shea Carre, and 11-year-old Callum Bridgefoot from Castlemaine North primary school, started by protesting last week outside of the offices of their local representatives, the Labor MP Lisa Chester and the Nationals deputy leader, Bridget McKenzie. They’ve been joined by 50 students from local schools and are planning weekly events.

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And what began as a small local protest is growing into a nationwide movement. Students in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Hobart, the Whitsundays, Lismore, the Gold Coast, Albury-Wodonga and the Sunshine Coast are planning to walk out of classes this month.

Similar plans are being explored in other regional areas including Coffs Harbour, Cairns, Townsville and the southern highlands of New South Wales. Hundreds of students have indicated they want to attend protests outside state parliaments in the capital cities on 28, 29 and 30 November.

The idea for the strikes came from the Castlemaine students, who contacted the Australian Youth Climate Coalition for help.

They have had assistance from the coalition and their parents with contacting media, building a website and spreading the word about the strikes through their social networks.

“We think it’s important because it’s a huge problem,” Milou said. “The Earth is already too hot, with droughts in winter in NSW and the coral reef is dying.†

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A school strike in Bendigo, NSW, last week

She said students were speaking to Greta in Sweden each week. “I would like our politicians to acknowledge climate change is an emergency and take the necessary steps in order to have a sustainable world,” she said.

A 14-year-old Fort Street high school student, Jean Hinchliffe, is organising the Sydney walkout on 30 November. She said there was a template letter students who were worried about taking time off class could give to their teachers.

“We’ve got involved because at this stage we can’t vote, we’re not politicians and we want to make a difference,” she sai d. “We can’t stand around waiting.

“I think it’s because climate change is scary seeing that it’s our future. This is a fact and not to be debated.”

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Posted by On 7:26 PM

Howard joins exodus from Cricket Australia


Cricket Australia's high performance boss Pat Howard is the latest major casualty after last week's damaging review as the fallout continues for Australian cricket.

On another dramatic day at Jolimont, CA's general manager of broadcasting, digital media and commercial Ben Amarfio left on Wednesday as part of a major reshuffle of the governing body's executive team under new chief executive Kevin Roberts.

Pat Howard is set to leave Cricket Australia earlier than expected.

Pat Howard is set to leave Cricket Australia earlier than expected.Credit:Anthony Johnson

Howard will leave next week ahead of his previo usly flagged finish date, after next year's Ashes series. Belinda Clark will take over from Howard with a permanent replacement to be named in the new year.

Howard, a former Wallaby, was responsible for the high performance culture that was savaged by The Ethics Centre's review into the game after the ball tampering crisis in South Africa.


Howard, who joined CA in 2011, implemented many of the recommendations outlined in the Argus review, which was commissioned to address the declining performance of the national men's team after the heavy Ashes defeat in 2010/11.

Many slammed Australia's "win at all costs" culture after the events in South Africa though the review found slightly differently but was also damning.

"In our opinion, CA’s fault is not that it established a culture of ‘win at all costs’. Rather, it made the fateful mistake of enacting a program that would lead to ‘winning without count ing the costs,’" the review said.

"It is this approach that has led, inadvertently, to the situation in which cricket finds itself today â€" for good and for ill."

Howard and Amarfio follow chairman David Peever and long serving board member Mark Taylor out of the organisation since the release of the report, while James Sutherland left two weeks ago after announcing his resignation in June.


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Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are serving suspensions stemming from the Newlands scandal while Darren Lehmann quit as coach in the days after.

Amarfio had helped engineer the record $1.182 billion TV deal but there was disharmony over CA's negotiation tactics with stakeholders. He had copped criticism for having his PA cook him hot breakfasts at work.

There was no room for Amarfio, who was effect ively made redundant. His broadcasting, digital media and commercial portfolio has been split into two with Stephanie Beltrame to fill the new role as interim EGM broadcasting and commercial.

Digital has been moved to the events and leagues department and renamed fan engagement, to be led by Big Bash League boss Anthony Everard.


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Source: Google Australia | Netizen 24 Australia