My Story Is Your Story

Poem by Alice Eather

Djiya wiba yinyirra
Ngana Maningrida yo
Djiya wiba yinyirra

People ask me for my story
but my story is your story

My feet are in the dirt
and the dirt it speaks in dust
and the trees they speak in leaves
like the people speak in trust
and the water speaks in waves
and the dust is in the wind
so the Country covers my skin
and this skin covers this body

And this body has a message in this chest that carries messages from my ancestors on what to do against a threat

And these messages come to me in dreams
and I’ve collected so many now
they’re asking me to speak

People ask me for my story
but I thought my story was your story

When I see a map of Country
I see land, sea and family

When they see a map of Country
they see mining fantasies

When I see the sea-beds
I see sacred sites

When they see the sea-beds
they see dollar signs

When I see exploration permit 266
I see them trying to reduce my country into three digits

When I see Yirridja and Dhuwa Country
I see everything that is our Moiety

When they see Yirridja and Dhuwa Country
They see the future of the oil and gas industry

When I see the tides rise and fall
Kabalala karapa kakaja
I can read the storms

When they see the tides rise and fall
They just want to find out
what’s under it all

It’s funny how they want to dig deep
but act so shallow

So I say

Saltwater people say

Wùnal Clan say

People ask me for my story
but my story is your story

When you cry
Don’t you cry the ocean?
When you sweat
Don’t you sweat the ocean?
When you drink
Don’t you drink the rivers and the rain
And when you wash
Don’t you wash into that ocean
so the cycle can start again?

When we cry
We cry the ocean
When we sweat
We sweat the ocean
When we drink
We drink the rivers and the rain
and we wash into that ocean
so the cycle can start again.


Housing ban is no Solution

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Cloudland Collective get together Thursday 27 Nov

The next Cloudland Collective get together will review the G20 organising efforts and discuss the upcoming Qld election and ABC cuts. Meeting details: 7pm Thursday 27 November The Burrow 37 Mollision St, West End All welcome. For more details phone … Continue reading

All Cops are Bastards

[Broadcast on 4zzz fm 102.1 at 12 noon]

Andy talks about the use of police during G20 and the $400M it cost. It is the ten year anniversary of the killing of Mulrunji Domadgee by then Snr Sgt (now inspector) Chris Hurley in the Palm Island watchouse.

G20 – media coverage of police actions false – Brisbane Times claims lack of numbers of protestors proves policing was successful. Fourteen (14) arrests, mostly homeless people who were arrested for obstructing police. 14 exclusion notices handed out. Andy was given an exclusion notice because he had a banner larger than 2 m by 1 m. Wayne was given an exclusion notice for having a PA system. Ciaron O’Reilly was excluded for being a prohibited person wanting to give Barrack Obama a message about Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange.

Louisa was going to the People’s March – a cop ran up to Louisa sayng that she was carrying some illegal items. Louisa was carrying slime .. it was part of street theatre. The cops saw Louisa and her friends dressed up and claimed that they were prostitutes carrying illegal items. Police women patted down the women but not the men. So they were given an exclusion notice. Louisa claimed that Brisbane does not have a history of resistance.

Real role of police — to control dissent — a sign that could be seen by G20 delegates. Limits on freedom, civil liberties and right to move. The city was empty. The $400M budget stopped the non-existent terrorist attacks and controlled dissent keeping protesters away from the delegates.

Policewoman in charge of G20 security, Katarina Carroll:

We had some people on the rooftops doing marksmen duty recording 63 degrees and this gives an idea of the repressive conditions.

Police shooting people – too many instances
Aboriginal Deaths in Custody – 4 aboriginal people died in custody in the past for four weeks. Celica Dhu died in custody as a result of being incarcerated for unpaid fines. Ms Dhu repeatedly complained about being sick … police ignored her … and she died in custody.

Mulrunji Domadgee … Lex Wotton speaks at People’s Rally … implores people to do more than marching, get into the yarning circle, occupy Musgrave park, elders to bring the young people in, pass on the struggles that you have gone through. G20 economic summit is not in our favour but we can change things …. speaking to at least 1,000 police.

Listen at

Friday 21/11/14 12pm-1:05pm
Everything I Own Is Broken – Police
Top Hat Killahz – Cops on fire
Combat Wombat – Police brutality
Kev Carmody – The young dancer is dead

QELD – All Cops are bastards

Laura Street Festival 2014

Celebrate with Laura Street in our 4th festival year.
More info:

On Sunday 30 November from 1pm -10pm the friendly residents of Laura Street, Highgate Hill are opening their doors for a FREE community festival – celebrating music, art, culture and life.

Enjoy music, workshops, art, poetry, food and performances across multiple venues along the street.

Please contribute to the fun community spirit – perform, teach, build, volunteer (pre/on day), feed the masses, add your art or lend your brain and brawn to make it happen!
This is your opportunity to showcase your talents!

Willing and able? Contact the LSF Coordination Team at

Come along for a magical day!


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Report Reveals Removal Of Aboriginal Children At Crisis Point And Rising

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By Amy McQuire Keywords: Child Removal stolen generations child protection aboriginal closing the gap The Productivity Commission has claimed some progress in Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage, but the report also includes harrowing figures on Aboriginal ‘child protection’. Amy McQuire reports. The … Continue reading


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