Campaign organising meetings – new time and venue

1 11 2009

Hi,

For those of you who are interested in playing an integral role in the campaign, you are most welcome to attend our regular organising meetings.

We are pleased to announce that the convenient new venue for our meetings is Curtin Hotel, opposite Trades Hall on Lygon Street, Melbourne.

We will continue to meet on Sundays as always. The meetings will now kick off later in the day, at 4:30 pm.

Our group consists of a diverse bunch representing various value systems and affiliations. We welcome newcomers from all walks of life.

Hope to see you there!

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Rally THIS FRIDAY (30 October) Parliament House

28 10 2009

Rally #3 is happening this Friday, 5:30 pm at the front of Parliament House, Bourke Street.

Make sure you do the following:

  1. Bring yourself
  2. If you can’t make it – for good reasons – tell everyone you know to come along
  3. Bring your friends and family
  4. Bring placards, costumes, banners etc. Be creative and express yourself!
  5. Be prepared to make some noise about impending collapse of Solar Systems (and the crap reasons which led to this)

Register here to show that you’re coming and invite your friends.

Speakers will include former Solar Systems Employee David Turner, Beyond Zero Emissions campaigner Matthew Wright, Nick from GetUp!, and Chris from the Save Solar Systems campaign.

We will be marching as part of this demo, so appropriate footwear is a must.

Look forward to seeing you all there!





Pics from the rally: 3

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Images by Hamish.





Support letter

13 10 2009

Hi, the Save Solar Systems campaign is asking for your support. The company Solar Systems has gone into administration making 100 workers redundant. This has put the construction of the first large scale solar power plant in Australia in doubt. It was to have been a 420 million project, that would have created 1000 jobs in construction and powered 45000 homes.

We are asking that the federal government immediately intervenes to guarantee (i) that the Solar Systems factory in Abbotsford remains open, (ii) that the redundant workers are reinstated and, (iii) that a large scale solar power plant is built in Mildura.

We are asking you or your organisation to:

1 Support the sign-on statement and here.
2 Endorse the third Save Solar Systems rally, 5.30 pm Friday October 30, Parliament House, Bourke St City (we will deliver sign-on statement with signatories)
3 Publicise the rally, by forwarding this email, place the attached poster on your website.
4 Come to the rally, bring banners, union flags or placards.
5 Let us know if you can provide photocopying, a donation, or other resources for the campaign (for unions, can your union place any practical work bans to stop equipment being moved out of the factory in Abbotsford?)
6 Come to organising meetings, every Sunday 1pm, at the Terminus Hotel, 605 Victoria St Abbotsford.

Send all endorsements of the sign-on statement and the rally to savesolarsystems@gmail.com – if you wish to be added to our email list, send a request with “please add me to you email list” to the same email address.

For those of you on facebook, check out our group ‘save solar systems kevin!’ & our event ‘save solar systems rally’.

You can see an interview with one of the ex-solar systems employees here.

Regards
Chris Breen
on behalf of the Save Solar Systems campaign





Pics from the rally: 2

12 10 2009

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Chris Breen, campaign organiser and rally MC opening up proceedings.

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Carole Wilkinson from Yarra Climate Action Now.

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David Turner, ex-employee of Solar Systems talking to an attentive crowd.

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Simon Sheikh from GetUp! launching their ReEnergise Melbourne campaign.

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The last but not least of our guest speakers, Adam Bandt from The Greens.

Images by Karl.





GetUp! rally photos on Flickr

12 10 2009

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GetUp! launched their ReEnergise Melbourne campaign at the Save Solar Systems rally yesterday. Check out their photo set on Flickr:

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Images by GetUp! Action for Australia on Flickr.

Thanks GetUp! for your tremendous contribution to this campaign!





Pics from the rally: 1

12 10 2009

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David Turner, ex-employee of Solar Systems delivers a speech to an emphatic crowd. He said that Germany currently employs 50 000 workers in solar energy alone, equivalent to four times the total number of people presently employed by the aluminium industry in Australia! Surprising, given that the conditions in Germany are far less optimal for solar power than here in Australia.

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Adam Bandt from The Victorian Greens spoke about the consequences of the proposed CPRS – no reduction in emissions as Australia will effectively buy pollution permits from less developed countries to warrant the continuation of business as usual by big coal and polluting industries. He drew a stark contrast between the Government’s rapid assistance to banks and financial service companies due to the global financial crisis and the lack of response to the collapse of Solar Systems during a time of climate crisis. Adam will be contesting Federal Minister for Finance and Deregulation Lindsay Tanner in next year’s election in the only marginal Labor/Greens electorate in the Country.

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Images by Sana.

The turn-out was fantastic, reflecting the level of community concern over the closure of Solar Systems. Thanks to everyone that made it happen. The movement depends on the actions of each and every one of us.

More pictures to come…