Foco Nuevo in winter 2022

Franké & Marco / Jumping Fences
Friday 3rd June 31 Arras Street, Yeronga
Doors open 6.00 p.m.
Music starts 6.30 p.m. $10 admission
(Eftpos available)

Warm up at our first winter Foco Nuevo of 2022 with guest artists Franké & Marco joining Jumping Fences in their garden setting. Savouries, cakes, mulled wine, tea, and coffee will be available.
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One Limited Step in the Right Direction

Participants in the successful From Australia to Cuba with Love challenge may be interested in this “One Limited Step in the Right Direction” Declaration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba.

Havana, May 16, 2022.

Today, the government of the United States announced several measures, which are positive but of a very limited scope, regarding Cuba associated to the granting of visas, regular migration, flights to Cuban provinces, remittances and adjustments to the regulations governing transactions with the non-state sector.… Go to Article

Israeli police attack fallen journo’s coffin cortege

A world renowned journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh was intentionally murdered by an Israeli sniper in Jenin. Millions of tears were shed for her including ours at the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability ( We planted ten trees in her honor. The constellation of events and circumstances and her background actually were so amazing that it provided a huge dose of sadness but also a big ray of hope for us.… Go to Article

The Return – العودة

“We travel like other people, but we return to nowhere … we have a country of words” – Mahmoud Darwish

They began by shooting the militants; then they shot the children throwing stones; and when that was not enough, they began shooting the medics (Razan al-Najjar); and finally they are shooting the journos (Shireen Abu Aqleh).… Go to Article

Democracy: ‘a vote for the Greens is wasted’

Election ’22

The latest polls show that the LNP vote in south-east Queensland has collapsed. The LNP vote has gone down by more than 11%. The Greens vote, on the other hand, in Brisbane is neck and neck with that of the ALP. Yet we don’t have a Green in the house of representatives from any seats in south-east Queensland or anywhere else in Australia excepting in the seat of Melbourne where Adam Bandt, the leader of the Greens, did manage to capture a safe Labor seat some years ago.… Go to Article

River height alert from local councillor

Latest data from BOM on 13 May 2022 (early)

Jono Sri has provided people living on the flood plain in Brisbane with a warning about river levels. I have added the latest data from BOM – Ian Curr, Ed., 13 May 2022.

Evening everyone … I’ve been looking at the creek and river levels in the upper catchments of the Brisbane and Bremer Rivers and it certainly seems like there’s a lot of water around that’s yet to make its way downhill to the city…

Depending on how much water falls over the next few hours, it seems possible that Ipswich could cop a bit of flooding overnight.… Go to Article

Transitioning from Coal

Of course Barnaby is wrong … but so is the Guardian guy. I was in the workforce from 1967 till 2003 (when I was sacked) plus I was made redundant in different industries on a number of occasions … transitioning to another industry was very difficult, basically I spent about 8 of those 36 years either unemployed or working as a casual and going from job to job.… Go to Article

Vote NO to TOONDAH Harbour development

Over 1000 people marched in Redlands today in protest against Walker Corporations Toondah Harbour proposal that will destroy a RAMSAR wetlands refuge and will itself most probably be destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by extreme weather events caused by climate change and sea level rise. This is stupidity on the part of both major political parties who currently support this ‘development’, disfunctional government processes, and demonstrates the greed and political influence of Walker and Co.… Go to Article

Is Climate Action possible under capitalism?

Another delaying action by fossil fuel industry to forestall action on climate crisis – Trevor Berrill

International trade agreements open the door to claims that could slow progress on climate change.

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden revoked the permit for the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, which would have brought exceptionally dirty oil south from Canada across the Plains.… Go to Article

Tosh – the musical

the musical

A play in two acts by Bernie Dowling

The following play is copyright as the intellectual property of Bernie Dowling, also identified in the manuscript as B. D. and hence ©B. D.
It may not be performed or copied in part or its entirety without the express and written permission of its author, Bernie Dowling.… Go to Article

Fare Evasion?

This article by Brisbane city counsellor for the Gabba Ward, Jonathan Sri, gives a practical rundown on what is termed ‘fare evasion’ in his case for free public transport. I do not like the term ‘fare evasion’ (to be clear this is not Jonathan Sri’s term it is a term used by Brisbane City Council and Translink).… Go to Article

May Day Concert @ Foco Nuevo

Jumping Fences / Sarah Irvine / The Combined Unions ChoirFriday 6th May31 Arras Street, Yeronga
Doors open 6.00 p.m.
Music starts 6.30 p.m.$10 admission 
(Eftpos available)

Our May Day concert features our guest musicians Sarah Irvine and the Combined Unions Choir joining Jumping Fences for the next concert in our backyard setting.
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Irish government complicity in US war crimes

There was a time when Irish juries would acquit protesters against Irish complicity in US war crimes. Take for example the Pitstop Ploughshares group that disarmed a US warplane t Shannon near Dublin in 2003. They were eventually acquitted. But it seems no more. See the following account from and Shannonwatch about the latest penalties delivered civil disobedience at the airport.Go to Article

May Day 2022 speeches

We post here the speeches made at the May Day celebrations at the Exhibition Grounds (Barrambin) in Brisbane /Meanjin on 2 May 2022. All the speeches were directed toward getting Labor elected on 21 May 2022. Not a single rank and file worker was invited on the platform. The people who spoke were (in order) Ben Jones (welcome), Sally McManus (ACTU Secretary), Annastacia Palaszczuk.… Go to Article

May Day 2022 – election year

The Brisbane/Meanjin May Day 2022 was celebrated by workers in a big march with banners (pictured) showing just some of the issues not raised by Australia’s alternative prime minister, Anthony Albanese, in his May Day speech at the Exhibition ground: casualisation of the workforce since the introduction of neoliberal policies introduced by Labor and Liberal governments; No wars; Independent foreign policy; no US bases; no nuclear submarines, no AUKUS agreement; end the US blockade of Cuba; climate action; fund tertiary education; workers power & worker control of the workplace; worker safety on site; worker solidarity; land rights, free Julian Assange; a nuclear free Asia-Pacific region and Justice for Palestine.… Go to Article

‘Gurri Ngindin Narmi’ on May Day 2022

Gurri Ngindin Narmi … words of welcome to this place, welcome people from all directions. Welcome to Barrambin, the windy place of many waterholes, in the language of the Jaggera people, the traditional name for what we know now as Victoria Park and it surrounds.

My name is Ben Jones … my bloodline is with the Nuigi clan of the Quandamooka people, we formed the Eastern component of the broader Jagera nation.… Go to Article

The Street Marches

On 22 October 1977 Senator George Georges led 5,000 people in a march out of King George Square in Brisbane/Meanjin. The march was in opposition to Uranium Mining and Export in Queensland and opposed the Fraser government’s decision for Australia to enter the global nuclear fuel industry.

418 people were arrested.… Go to Article

Going to war?

Australians for War Powers Reform (AWPR) has launched a No War Without Parliament campaign so any decision to take Australia into international armed conflict should be made by our Parliament, not by the PM or the Executive. I read ‘No War without Parliament’. I understand this may be seen as an improvement on the current situation where Australian Prime Ministers from both major parties have authorised wars (Howard/Iraq) or the continuance of wars (Gillard/Afghanistan) but I think the proponents have missed a crucial aspect of why Australia gets involved in wars in the first place.… Go to Article