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A Common Wealth of Words

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Kath Walker’s appearance at the Commonwealth Writers festival was not without controversy, some activists argued that Kath should have boycotted the Writers Festival. Not long after, the 1982 Commonwealth Games protests brought the attention of the whole world to the form of apartheid practiced by the Bjelke-Petersen government in Queensland.

This discussion by the Commonwealth poets is interesting in the light of subsequent events during the 1982 Commonwealth Games. While few were concerned about what poets said at the writers festival, it was a different story when it came to disrupting a sporting event – then, ‘the whole world was watching’. Continue reading

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Mayor Brent ‘dishonest’ says judge

One-time favourite of former Premier Campbell Newman to become deputy Premier, Mayor John Brent of the Scenic Rim Shire and formerly of Boonah Shire, has been found by the Supreme Court of Tasmania to have ‘dishonestly dealt’ with a vegetable grower in that state. Continue reading

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‘Why We’re in a New Gilded Age’ – a review of ‘Capital’

The big idea of Capital in the Twenty-First Century is that we haven’t just gone back to nineteenth-century levels of income inequality, we’re also on a path back to “patrimonial capitalism,” in which the commanding heights of the economy are controlled not by talented individuals but by family dynasties. Continue reading

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Democratic Rights under fire in Musgrave Park

Bail condition prohibiting participation in Cultural Ceremony, and in Social and Political activities in Musgrave Park . Introduction Since May 2012 police have been using their move-on powers to interfere with and (on occasion) arrest people engaged in social, political … Continue reading

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Re-lighting the sacred fire at Musgrave Park in Brisbane on Invasion Day, 26 January 2013. This video shows speeches about sovereignty, identity and  culture — it shows aboriginal dance and smoking ceremony. The sacred fire is currently banned by order … Continue reading

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Lies & Silence – bias in Australian media

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On this sad morning there is no justice in the dawn So many years of dying where does hope get born Not over the broken and bloodied bodies of sleeping children Or the fork tongued lies of the criminals and … Continue reading

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Bread and Roses — International Women’s Day 2012

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One hundred years ago women organised a textile strike in the American city of Lawrence, Massachusetts. On this day, International Women’s Day 2012Workers BushTelegraph pays respect to those workers who stood up. The slogan “Bread and Roses” originated in a … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor of ‘The Australian’ — ‘Senator stands by Israel boycott’

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Dear Sir/Ms, I would like to correct your report ‘Senator stands by Israel boycott’ published in today’s (29 Aug 2011) Australian. I participated in the rally and march to the Max Brenner Chocolate shop at South Bank in Brisbane. Firstly … Continue reading

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Trifecta at 608 Brunswick Street

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‘608 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley’ — a story about a share house in Brisbane in the late 1970s and early 1980s by Ian Curr “No reason to get excited,” the thief, he kindly spoke, “There are many here among us … Continue reading

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Streets of Our Town

Radio Station 4ZZZ (FM 102.1) is running a radiothon under the theme ‘Streets of Our Town’. Local writer, Bernie Dowling, puts his own spin on the streets of greater Brisbane in the Crime Thriller Iraqi Icicle. These stories are to … Continue reading