- Avoiding the abyss of conspiracy theories
- The difference between a legal system and a fantasy novel
- What’s a conspiracy and what’s just common garden variety corruption?
- Unpredictability, humility and an emerging anthropandemic
- The trilemma – climate change, economic collapse, and rising fascism
- Happy New Normal for the decade ahead
- Fires, liars and climate deniers
- The race to the bottom in australian politics
- Talking about lock-on devices – an article in ‘The Conversation’
- The Ponzi scheme is teetering
- Regenerative culture a key part of the blockade experience
- Staying sane in the late Anthropocene
- Extinction Rebellion
- Major parties have failed on climate, it’s time to rebel.
- Elections In The Late Anthropocene
- It is the Greens that are defeating the Nats and it’s all about your preferences
- Australia’s powerhouse of democracy and innovation is in the Northern Rivers
- Is identity politics a problem for the left?
- The climate emergency and the awful state of Australian politics
- Liberty, freedom and civil rights? Do any of us understand these things anymore.
- Democracy and rights under threat in corporate police state
- The forest wars are back, time to mobilise
- …more commentary
- News & Events
- Activism educator Aidan Ricketts explains how and why protests can be peaceful
- Bob Brown Is Taking “Shocking” Anti-Protest Laws To The High Court
- Anti protest laws could arrest nannas, seize tractors
- “They blinked first”
- Colin Barnett quick to protest against ‘activism degrees’ – The Australian, 16/10/2014
- ‘Degrees in activism’ put brake on growth – The Australian, 15/10/2014
- Magistrate throws out vexatious police case against CSG protesters
- Outrage over school PR ‘by stealth’- The Northern Star
- CSG clash a certainty
- Communities use new tactics
- Gas group attacks lecturer
- …more media
- Activist Resources
From the Northern Star, April 14, 2012
THE PETROLEUM industry has condemned an anti-coal seam gas activist training workshop conducted in Lismore this week as a “new low” in the debate.
Brisbane-based Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Ltd chief Rick Wilkinson accused the workshop’s organiser, environmental activist Aidan Ricketts, of using the industry to promote himself and his new book.
“CSG appears to be just another fad cause for career campaigners and professional activists,” Mr Wilkinson said.
“The workshops appear nothing more than a book-selling exercise.
“I would encourage residents to scrutinise the motives of those who seek to speak on their behalf.
“We’ll continue to highlight what the industry is doing to provide a cleaner energy source – natural gas – to Australia and the world.”
Mr Wilkinson said you only had to look at the Western Downs of Queensland for proof that companies and landholders could happily co-exist with the economic benefits flowing to the entire community.
Mr Ricketts, a lecturer at Southern Cross University, said it was ironic that a powerful lobby group such as the petroleum industry would object to him helping the community.
“We all know the billions of dollars that the mining industry has to employ consultants and publicity firms and yet they object to a local author working in his own community to help people find a voice,” he said.
He said his book, The Activists Handbook, was on sale at the workshop on Thursday night at Lismore Workers Club, but said this was appropriate as it was on topic.
About 80 people attended the workshop which included role plays of how to deal with common scenarios faced during protests.
Mr Ricketts said he had been inundated with requests to stage the workshops and would do so.
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