Posts tagged ‘Torres Strait Islander’

November 18, 2013

Thousands gather to demand climate action

Mr Thomas Sebasio & Senator Christine Milne

Yesterday, thousands of people in cities and towns across the country gathered in solidarity as part of the National Day of Climate Action.

In Brisbane, a group of Torres Strait Islanders and their supporters joined a strong crowd of 5,000 people in Queens Park, calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his government to take serious action on climate change.

Dressed in traditional dress and in island colours, and carrying signs that read: ‘Torres Strait needs Climate Action Now’ and ‘Save Torres Strait’, a small contingent of Torres Strait Islanders caught the attention of the crowd, including the Greens Party Leader and Senator Christine Milne.

Mr Thomas Sebasio from Erub/Darnley Island (Senior Elder for Brisbane – South West) spoke to Senator Milne about the uncertainty over federal government funding for the construction and repair of seawalls in Boigu, Saibai and other affected islands.

Since taking office in September this year, the Abbott Government has not confirmed whether it will honour the promise made by the former government to fund the seawalls project in the Torres Strait.

Torres Strait Islanders and their family, friends and supporters are being urged to show their support by asking the Prime Minister to uphold the funding promise via an online petition available at:

November 13, 2013

National Day of Climate Action

We are calling on Torres Strait Islanders and their families, friends and supporters to join the National Day of Climate Action in their towns and cities this Sunday, 17th of November.

All around the country, people will be taking the streets to let the Prime Minister know enough is enough. We need serious action on climate change and we need to act now.

As part of our  campaign on the promised seawall funding for the Torres Strait, we are encouraging people to come dressed in Torres Strait Islander colours/dress and with their messages to the Prime Minister on signs and placards.

Please join us in solidarity so we can speak in one voice. This is our moment to put the Torres Strait at the top of the climate change agenda. United we stand, in unity we must.

National Day of Climate Action

Sunday 17th November 2013

CAIRNS – Esplanade Lagoon 11 AM

BRISBANE – Queens Park 10 AM

SYDNEY – Prince Alfred Park, 11 AM

MELBOURNE – Treasury Place 11 AM

CANBERRA – Garema Place 11 AM

For other towns and cities, check here.

*** Dress: Torres Strait Islander colours or dress. Bring: Family and friends, bottle of water and signs with your message to the PM and the Australian Government ***

If you haven’t already signed our petition to the Prime Minister, please do so now. It only takes a minute to sign!


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