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Swim for the Reef

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Each year now the Wello Pointers team, supported by kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders, swim in Moreton Bay from Wellington Point Reserve beach area to King Is (Yerra-bin), along the western side of the sandbank. It is 1.1km one way. The sandbank is partially made up of coral from an ancient coral reef about 1 kilometre to the east of the bank. Check it out on Google Earth. Moreton Bay is full of coral reefs and we need to protect ALL reefs, for present and future generations.

We plan to swim on Saturday 2 Feb, about 9am, weather permitting. Keep Sunday 3 Feb free also just in case. You will be able to stand up all the way, as it is reasonably shallow water, and walk back to the mainland along the sandbank if you don’t wish to swim both ways. The tide is highest at 2.35metres at about 8:15am on the Saturday. This is a relatively large tide. So at high tide, the sandbank will be covered with water to about waist deep in some places.

Please support us with a donation, encourage your friends to do the same, and even better, come along and join us, swimming or paddling.

I can send you full details – contact Trevor Berrill at tberrill@powerup.com.au
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Ciaron O’Reilly: Ecuadorian Embassy vigil for Julian Assange update

Greetings Friends from chilly London I’m presently bedding down on the pavement of Hans Crescent/KnightsbridgeLondon on this the 52nd Day if 24/7 solidarity with Julian Assange! U am 20 metres from Julian – held in UK 8 years without charge/6.4 … Continue reading

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Palestinian woman murdered in Melbourne

Some say Melbourne is the Athens of the South. Not so this week. The theme for the 2019 International Women’s Day (IWD) is A Future Free of Men’s Violence Against Women. Sadly IWD’s plea will not save Aiia Maasarwe, a … Continue reading

Victoria, Vulcana & Vindictiveness

Paradigm Shift 18 Jan 2019 (4ZZZ fm 102. Friday at Noon).

Victoria’s Vindictiveness
Ian interviews Victoria Brazil who booted 4ZZZ off campus at UQ on 14 December 1988.

No Trickery, no re-takes, no stand-ins 
How Vulcana survived without State or Federal funding.

Listen @ https://www.4zzzfm.org.au/program/paradigm-shift

Playlist
Jumping Fences – The Quiet of the Winter Moon & Distancia y latido*

*’Distancia y latido’ means distance and heartbeat (yearning) and was written by Cuban Frank Gonzalez whom Sue Monk and Lachlan Hurse met in Havanna during the 1990s. It is a contemporary bolero sung with beautiful intonation by Sue Monk.

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Victoria’s Eviction Vindictiveness
Interviewer: Can you please introduce yourself?
Victoria Brazil: My name is Victoria Brazil. I am Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at Bond University.

INTERVIEWER: Where did you study?

Victoria Brazil: Havard and Stanford Universities.

INTERVIEWER: No, I mean before that.

Victoria Brazil: I did my Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Queensland.

INTERVIEWER: When was that?

Victoria Brazil: That would have been in the late 1980s.

INTERVIEWER: Did you participate in any extra-curricula activities?

Victoria Brazil: Yes, I was President of the University of Queensland Student Union.

INTERVIEWER: Oh. How many members did the student union have in 1988?

Victoria Brazil: Not sure but off the top of my head about 20,000 members, I’d say.

INTERVIEWER: That many?

Victoria Brazil: Student unions were compulsory back then.

INTERVIEWER:What sort of business did the student union run?

Victoria Brazil: You mean like the refectory? Well, it had Clubs and Societies, a Medical Centre, a Crèche, a bar and of course it organised parties for the students.

INTERVIEWER: Didn’t it run an FM radio station called 4ZZZ?

Victoria Brazil: Oh yes, it did have that as well.

INTERVIEWER: Didn’t it run a newspaper called Semper Floreat?

Victoria Brazil: Yes, that too.

INTERVIEWER: Didn’t the student union run a cinema called the Schonell Theatre?

Victoria Brazil: I didn’t have much to do with the Schonell.

INTERVIEWER: But wasn’t the Schonell Theatre a big money spinner for the union putting on World Premiers like Woody Allen’s Annie Hall?

Victoria Brazil: Annie Hall was before my time; besides, I was too busy studying.

INTERVIEWER: What can you tell the listener about 4ZZZ?

Victoria Brazil: Not much.

INTERVIEWER: I’d like you to comment on this eviction notice you personally served on Darren a volunteer announcer doing the graveyard shift at 4ZZZ on 14th December 1988.

Victoria Brazil: I have no comment. That was 30 years ago, I’ve moved on.

INTERVIEWER: I’m wondering if you were in breach of the broadcasting act shutting down a radio station while it was operating.

Victoria Brazil: No comment.

INTERVIEWER: Wasn’t the eviction of the student radio station a cause célèbre at that time?

Victoria Brazil: There was a lot of fuss but, from memory, there was really not much to it.

INTERVIEWER: Didn’t hundreds of people turn up to defend the station that very morning?

Victoria Brazil: I don’t think it was that many. From memory I received legal advice that the station owed the union money and to be quite frank, the station was a rathole with all kinds of illegal activities going on there.

INTERVIEWER: Didn’t the station continue to broadcast from Mt Cootha after you locked them out of their premises and placed armed security guards at the entrance?

Victoria Brazil: I don’t recall what the station did.

INTERVIEWER: Didn’t student union members occupy your office in the UQ union complex until you withdrew your attempt to evict 4ZZZ.

Victoria Brazil: Yes, they climbed into my office through ceiling tiles. We entered into negotiations with the station for them to vacate their studios in a responsible manner.

INTERVIEWER: Who supported your attempt to evict the station.

Victoria Brazil: The Queensland government, Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen, and the University Senate.

INTERVIEWER: The University Senate is going to take a wrecking ball to where 4ZZZ studios once stood. They propose demolition of the whole UQ Union Complex: the forum area, the Schonell theatre, the refectory, and the union building. How do you feel about that?

Victoria Brazil: I can’t really comment, I work for a rival university … but remember this, if you are one of those horrid Triple Zed types, I won. Your precious station was booted out. You had no place there. I hope they leave no trace that you were ever there.

INTERVIEWER: I was one of the people who turned up to defend the station in December 1988. We were defending free speech and independent media. It is true, the station fell on hard times after it left UQ. Triple Zed was never perfect but at least we stand for something. We came out of the struggle against the Vietnam war and opposition to racist apartheid in South Africa. Before you were President the student union did support us and some time after the station left, so did the Communist Party by selling 4ZZZ its headquarters in Fortitude Valley at an affordable price. At least we are not at the mercy of a corporate University eager to turn its back on our heritage by demolishing a space that was theatre to democratic rights struggles against vile and reactionary governments.

Victoria Brazil: We left you nothing, you are nothing, you have no history, you can no longer rely upon the student union that squandered money on you for years. We stopped all that. [Hangs up].

Interviewer: That was one time President of the University of Queensland Student Union now Professor at Bond, a privately owned University on the Gold Coast. You are on 4ZZZ, still going strong in its 44th year as an independent radio broadcaster and 30 years after its eviction from the University of Queensland.

[In Victoria’s Vindictiveness, Victoria Brazil was played by Hectoria and the Interviewer by Ian]

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No Trickery, no re-takes, no stand-ins 
In 2012 Vulcana Women’s Circus lost all core state and federal funding. Vulcana is a Small Arts Sector (sas) organisation. For funding purposes SAS means ‘a small/medium organisation or individual arts practitioner’. To keep the doors open, it changed its income model. Vulcana no longer relies on core government funding.
In 2012, no one knew what was to come. Federally, over $300 million was taken from the Arts Sector between 2013 and 2016. In hindsight, the 2012 cuts foreshadowed the scope and nature of the cuts under Abbott and Brandis, Turnbull and Fifield. The 2012–’16 cuts; the 2015 raid on the Australia Council’s SAS funding pool; and the formation of Catalyst, using the plundered money, are all acts of political influence designed to erode artistic independence and erase freedom of expression protections. 
This 45-minute historical radio documentary uses Brisbane’s Vulcana Women’s Circus as a case study to explore the dogmatic changes forced on Australia’s Arts sector between 2012 and 2016 by consecutive conservative governments. Each act was one of unprecedented political interference in Australia’s Arts Sector.
Produced by Craig Garrett of Radio 4ZZZ, as part of the Out of the Box national arts journalism project.
Supervising production by Lia Tsamoglou (2ser).

Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift 18 Jan 2019 (4ZZZ fm 102. Friday at Noon).

Victoria’s Vindictiveness
Ian interviews Victoria Brazil who booted 4ZZZ off campus at UQ on 14 December 1988.

No Trickery, no re-takes, no stand-ins
How Vulcana survived without State or Federal funding.

Listen @ https://www.4zzzfm.org.au/program/paradigm-shift

Playlist
Jumping Fences – The Quiet of the Winter Moon & Distancia y latido*

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Interview with Victoria Brazil, former President of the University of Queensland Student Union.

Interviewer: Can you please introduce yourself?

Victoria Brazil: My name is Victoria Brazil. I am Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at Bond University.

INTERVIEWER: Where did you study?

Victoria Brazil: Havard and Stanford Universities.

INTERVIEWER: No, I mean before that.

Victoria Brazil: I did my Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Queensland.

INTERVIEWER: When was that?

Victoria Brazil: That would have been in the late 1980s.

INTERVIEWER: Did you participate…

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Big Shot

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Look what Hollywood did to ‘Big Shot’ You’ve seen the movie on Cinema del popolo @ The Great Flamarion. Now read the story on which it is based. Illustrations are from the movie Big ShotBy Vicki Baum BRANDT, THE SHARPSHOOTER, … Continue reading

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160 Macquarie Street

RALLY AT #160, SUNDAY 2O JANUARY 4PM
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Venezuela – the parliamentary road?

Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ fm 102.1 11 Jan 2019, Friday at Noon.
On Thursday 10 Jan 2019 Nicholas Maduro was inaugurated as Venezuela’s President after closely fought elections with much violence on the streets. Leaders from Cuba, Bolivia and Georgia attended the swearing-in ceremony.

Ian talks with Eulalia Reyes de Whitney who is the convenor of the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network. Ian had fourteen issues he wished to address, they managed to cover five in a 40 minute live interview.

Central American states

  1. Presidential elections 2018
  2. US Embargo
  3. Violence on the streets
  4. The legacy of Hugo Chavez
  5. The parliamentary road

Elections in Venezuela
Eulalia has recently returned from her native country after an extended visit of 5 months. During her stay, Eulalia participated as an international observer in Venezuelan Presidential and regional elections. Eulalia presents eye-witness accounts of the situation in Venezuela today. She speaks of the resilience of its people facing a political crisis and U.S. economic embargoes on that country.

Despite the crisis in Venezuela, there is near silence in the mainstream media in Australia about the 2018 elections and, what coverage there is, aligns itself with reports from the Organisation of American states.

Typical coverage of Venezuelan crisis by Murdoch Press in Australia.

Eulalia Reyes is keen to invite people in Brisbane to discuss ways of solidarity with the Venezuelan Bolivarian Revolution.

Future Action
Eulalia made an open invitation to people to come to the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network at 1pm on Saturday 2 Feb 2019 at the Peace Centre in 102 McDonald Road Windsor. The meeting will discuss solidarity activities in 2019.

Playlist
Jumping Fences – Satellites
Harpes du Venezuela – El Pararillo
Ali Primera – Sangueo para el regreso

Paradigm Shift

In Venezuela President Maduro was inaugurated on Thursday 10 Jan 2019 after closely fought elections with much violence on the streets.

Ian talks with Eulalia Reyes de Whitney who is the convenor of the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network.

Eulalia has recently returned from her native country after an extended visit of 5 months. During her stay, Eulalia participated as an international observer in Venezuelan Presidential and regional elections. Eulalia presents eye-witness accounts of the situation in Venezuela today. She speaks of the resilience of its people facing a political crisis in that country.

Eulalia is keen to invite people in Brisbane to discuss ways of solidarity with the Venezuelan Bolivarian Revolution.

Eulalia made an open invitation to people to come to the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network at 1pm on Saturday 2 Feb 2019 at the Peace Centre in 102 McDonald Road Windsor. The meeting will discuss solidarity activities in 2019.

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People’s University

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Dozens of protestors were injured, including future premier Peter Beattie, who was hospitalised with suspected spinal damage. The next day, about 3000 outraged students and staff packed the Refectory at UQ and voted for a campus-wide strike. Continue reading

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BREAD: Brisbane Radical Events and Diary

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Invasion Day 2019

For First Nations people, January 26th 1788 marked the start of genocide, dispossession, displacement, and oppression. January 26th is not a day to celebrate a country built on these atrocities. It’s not a day to embrace white nationalism or colonialism. … Continue reading

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Rosa lives!

One hundred years ago this January, Rosa Luxemburg, revolutionary activist, essayist, intellectual, and leading figure of the Communist Party of Germany was assassinated. In the years since, her legacy has influenced revolutionary activists and thinkers around the world. In honour … Continue reading

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Cinema del popolo

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Cinema del popolo has a wide range of films including one film noir (Algiers*), Italian realism, French new wave, documentary and much more. Cinema del popolo is new film theatre emphasizing diversity, different cultures, music and language. In Bertolucci’s 1900, … Continue reading

War of two Worlds

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Who said all is lost, I come to offer my heart –Fito Páez

12pm Fri 28 Dec 2018: War of two worlds.

War of Two Worlds” is about similarity between indigenous struggles in Chile, West Papua and Australia. This Paradigm Shift was about colonized people (mainly Mapuche & West Papuan) and their resistance, at least that is my aim. I mention in my introduction that I prepared the show because of recent (and ongoing) extra-judicial killings of Mapuche activists in the South of Chile. I make no mention of Palestine but Sam Watson did mention it at the rally for the Mapuche on 1 Dec 2018. Of course where do we begin in a topic as big as colonisation? Vietnam? Algeria? The Great Plains of North America? The list is very long.

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‘Betrayal’ in Algiers

‘No, but I like him even less as a foe.‘ – French Paratrooper commander in Algeria, Colonel Phillippe Mathieu on Sartre There is another Algiers and a different Casbah than that depicted in John Cromwell’s ‘Algiers’. The ‘real’ Casbah was … Continue reading

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Bejam Denis Walker

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Assange, product of the anti-war movement?

VID INTERVIEW – Ciaron O’Reilly 30th Day “24/7 Solidarity with Julian Assange Vigil” outside Ecuadorian embassy London.

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Rivermouth

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I had plans to save the planet but they got washed down a stormwater drain it’s all too big, it’s all too hard dropped my guard, and i missed the last train compass needle spinning now i’m lost inside my … Continue reading

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The Far Left in Australia since 1945

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Aussie progressives choose long hard roads Seventy years of Left activism in Australia Far Left In Australia Since 1945, editors Jon Piccini, Evan Smith and Matthew Worley, Routledge, London and New York, 2019.  Book review by Bernie Dowling THIS book, … Continue reading

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Climbing Mt Glorious

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My climbing partner says not many people climb Mt Glorious. So on my 68th birthday we began the ascent from Jolly’s Lookout. The BOM had predicted a 38 degree Celsius day so we began at 8 am. On previous ascents … Continue reading

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From My Lai to Helmand Province

We publish Base Culture – this land is Helmand by Lyle Jeremy Rubin, a former US Marine. The article that appeared first in n+1 magazine. We do so to compare the US military involvement in Vietnam to its current war … Continue reading

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Bonds

My bond. I will have my bond.– Shylock, The Merchant of Venice, Act 3, sc. 3. Holidays are coming up – a time to venture into the new and the demanding. On this summer morning, we’re plunging into the global … Continue reading

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Vale Jon Baird

Jon Baird was a fighter. He came out of the Democratic Rights movement in the late 1970s. Jon was a student activist at Griffith University in the anti-uranium movement and the right to march campaign (1977-79). Like thousands of others, … Continue reading

Defending Democratic Space

Please sign the petition to stop ‘Proposed demolition of The University of Queensland Union Complex’ @ https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/petition-details?id=3052

Paradigm Shift

We we so much older then, we are younger than that now – Bob Dylan

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Craig Shona & Ian 14 Dec 2018

Ian interviews Jeff Rickert about saving UQ Union Complex
Jack interviews David Lennon about 4ZZZ eviction from UQ

Followed by a discussion of changes faced by 4ZZZ in the future.

1988
We commemorate 30 years since 4ZZZ were evicted from our studios at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus. Discussing the lead up to the 1988 eviction and the impact the fall out had on the station in the years to come.

2018
Saving UQ Union complex. Historian Jeff Rickertt  talks about the campaign to save the UQ Union complex and it means for the future.

Screen-Shot-2018-12-17-at-2.25.36-pm UQ Union Complex 1965

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The Saints – Stranded

Sabrina Lawrie – Nopiates

The Who – Wont be Fooled Again

Siena Larsson – Collateral Damage
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No Principle in East Timor Oil

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 “I am recommending a pragmatic rather than a principled stand but this is what national interest and foreign policy is all about …” – cable from Richard Woolcott to Gough Whitlam in 1975 when Indonesia invaded East Timor. Anniversary of … Continue reading

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Saving UQ Union complex

The 4ZZZ event held yesterday at the Schonell to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the station’s eviction from UQ was a success. The panel was excellent and the contributions from audience members, many of whom had been associated with Zed … Continue reading

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Tales of corrupt times past

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Queensland political activist relives the 1970-80s Book Review: Iraqi Icicle and The Second Father WITH the current surge of audiobooks here are two unlikely bedfellows in popular writing. Both books are set in Brisbane during the bad years of the Bjelke-Petersen … Continue reading

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Mandela: long walk to freedom

Recently I visited an exhibition at Melbourne’s Museum of the struggle against apartheid through the eyes of Nelson Mandela. For those that can’t see the exhibit see below for some of the images I saw. Contrary to the slogan ‘Victory … Continue reading

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4ZZZ remembers eviction from University

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Steven Stockwell explained how he became involved in the station. Even though still a school student he was struck by the harsh racist policies of the Queensland Government used repeated baton charges by Queensland police against anti-apartheid activists at the Tower Mill motel in July 1971. In 1973, as a young journalism student, Stockwell joined a media committee of the University of Queensland Student Union. It was this committee set up by Jim Beatson that helped steer the union support for an fm radio licence. In December 1975 radio station 4ZZ in 1975 went to air (another Z was added later). Continue reading

4ZZZ Eviction

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Shona, Craig and Ian on Paradigm Shift 14 Dec 2018 – Anniversary of 4ZZZ eviction from the University of Qld. Jack interviews Dave Lennon and Ian interviews Jeff Rickertt.

14 Dec 1988,
On this day the right wing University of Qld Student Unions attempted to evict 4ZZZ from its studios under the Refectory.

At 4.17am executive members of the UQ Student Council and four security guards served immediate eviction notice on graveyard announcers Mark Solway and Stefan Armbruster.

4ZZZ had been taken off air.

The president of the UQ Student Union, Victoria Brazil, supported by the Queensland Government were attempting to foreclose on radio 4ZZZ from its premises at the University.  Over 1,000 listeners and supporters turned up to defend the station.

Annastacia Palaszczuk speaking in support of 4ZZZ, UQ Union Complex, 1989. Photo by Michael Aird, Image courtesy State Library of Queensland

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Facing the Adani mine with a bang not a whimper

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The proposal for Indian mining company Adani’s Carmichael mega-coal mine in Central Queensland were approved in July 2014. Few Australians before then could have pointed to the Galilee Basin on a map, but before long the Carmichael mine had become a divisive talking point.

For those on the side of industry, the mine was a bonanza of wealth and jobs – figures like $300 billion and 10,000 jobs were thrown around at one point (only to be later revealed as wildly optimistic) – as well as the potential for a whole new frontier of remote country opened up to the mining industry. Other mining companies with exploration leases in the region queued up behind the Indian company.

For those concerned about the impacts of climate change, the mine was a carbon bomb – several billion tonnes of coal to be burned in a world that had agreed at Paris Climate…

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