If you get a chance you have got to watch the new ABC series of Mystery Road set in WA. It is interesting in that most of episodes, the screenplay writers are first nations people, must be a first. Here is a wiki entry for one of the screen writers:
Kodie Bedford was born in Western Australia of the Djaru and Gija people on her father’s side and Irish and English on her mother’s.… Go to Article
Thousands of people took to the streets in Madrid on Sunday, June 26, against the NATO summit which began in Madrid on June 28. Protesters called NATO a threat to global peace and demanded its dissolution. The organizers also held a two-day peace summit in Madrid on June 24-25, at the conclusion of which, a joint declaration was issued asserting that “NATO is a serious threat to world peace, having left a trail of destruction from Yugoslavia to Afghanistan.”… Go to Article
ANU Chamber Choir director Tobias Cole sees parallels between Julian Assange and the persecuted Christ when he reflects on Handel’s Messiah.
POPULAR doesn’t quite say it: Messiah may well be the most performed piece of classical music. It’s certainly the most hummed – everybody must know the first 10 words of the Hallelujah Chorus – actually, it’s one word: “Hallelujah” repeated.… Go to Article
On a recent visit to the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) I viewed a film Amongst Equals, a history of the trade union movement in Australia by Tom Zubrycki, and was immediately struck by the censorship and unfair criticism directed at the film by Simon Crean (President ACTU) and later by Martin Ferguson (President ACTU).… Go to Article
This flyer was handed to me at Foco Nuevo last night where people braved cold and rain to hear great performances by Jumping Fences and Robin Etter-Cleave and Brian Brett singing Canadian ballads and Irish songs on Canada Day. Getting in the spirit of Canada Day Sue Monk sang a beautiful version of Joni Mitchell’s haunting Night Ride Home.… Go to Article
Hard words rang across the factory floor Juan heard the sound of hate bitter words to injure a shout that sent the signal for the war to come – ‘Brisbane Barrio’ by Jumping Fences
Uber has been a low tax paying global giant since 2010. Twelve 12 years later ABC Announcer, Patricia Karvelas, interviews the incoming Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and the Arts, Tony Burke, about a deal cut between the Transport Workers Union on behalf of Uber workers in Australia.… Go to Article
The wiles of Labor politicians – the futility of fearful and reactionary Labor leaders have been revealed in this record, and the lessons I and others so bitterly learned should preclude any further waste of time and enthusiasm in vainly endeavouring to make figs blossom and fruit on barren trees. – Ernie Lane in Dawn to Dusk
In 1956 Bob Hawke wrote home from Canberra to declare that he had sided with the ‘groupers’ (an anti-communist faction in the Labour movement) … according to research by Canberra writer, Stephen Holt.… Go to Article
The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place at 7 pm on Wednesday the 29th of June at the BWCC, formerly known as the Paddo Workers’ Club, 2 Latrobe Terrace (corner Given Terrace), Paddington. It will be addressed by Keith Hamburger AM on the topic: “Queeensland’s Gaol and Imprisonment Crisis.”… Go to Article
United States Supreme Court appears to distrust half the population with the right to control their own bodies. Plus the court is attacking the poor and the young; African Americans and Latinos. People who don’t have the money to fly somewhere for an abortion. In many cases it will mean an end to safe abortions.… Go to Article
I have been re-visiting the sound from the 1985 SEQEB dispute where over 1000 workers were sacked by the Bjelke-Petersen government. Here is what Trade Union Support Group speaker, Dan O’Neill, had to say at SEQEB dispute rally in Roma Street Forum, 11 April 1985. Dan gave this speech after Gerry Connolly had satirised the government decision by imitating Bjelke-Petersen.… Go to Article
Having just recorded its most successful federal election result, you would think the Greens would be able to sort out internal matters in private. But no, the ideological conflict between the watermelons and the environmentalists is hanging out for all to see, under the strange guise of ‘trans-phobia’. This is middle-class politics gone mad.… Go to Article
Brian & Robin with their collection of songs from Ireland, Canada, Australia and England join Jumping Fences playing their Latin influenced originals for the next Foco Nuevo. 1st July! Doors open 6pm – https://t.co/6tm8umq41upic.twitter.com/lUTdcECkA6
Please send this letter to the PM. The government has sent observers to the meeting in Vienna of the signatories of the treaty banning nuclear weapons (TPNW) and it’s important that we remind him that citizens of Australia support him signing it.
Mothers Rise Up created a Mary Poppins meets climate action flash mob outside Lloyd’s of London on Monday June 13 2022. The insurer is enabling dangerous fossil fuel projects that threaten our planet and all our children’s futures. Mothers’ Rise Up’s colourful action aimed to call Lloyd’s out – and do it in style!… Go to Article
We post these tributes from friends and comrades of Ted D’Urso who died in the Wesley Hospital in the very early hours of Thursday the 16th of June. People are welcome to add anything else in the comments section down below. – Ian Curr, Ed., 19 June 2022.
The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of collective power to reshape the processes of urbanisation.… Go to Article
“Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Voltaire
To: The Honourable Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister Australia.
It has come to our attention that Mohammed El Halabi, a Gaza aid worker has been found guilty of several terrorism charges in a high-profile case in which his employer (Australian NGO, World Vision), independent auditors and the Australian government say they have found no evidence of wrongdoing. … Go to Article
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) yesterday suspended the wholesale electricity market saying it has become “impossible” to operate because of the soaring cost of fossil fuels and generators withholding their capacity from the market.
Readers should all have your new energy bills from your local retailer or energy supplier by now.… Go to Article
A friend put me on to this great interview with playwright Arthur Laurents who was born in the same year as my father, 1917. It appeared in the UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004. I don’t know who conducted the interview but they certainly knew what they were doing.
The governor of the reserve bank told the ABC last night that Australia will have a headline inflation rate of 7% by December. This morning the Fair Work Commission says 5.2pc increase ‘protects real value of wages’. How is that possible when inflation is running at a higher rate than the minimum wage?… Go to Article
I can’t understand this government … a war in Ukraine, civil strife in Sri Lanka, Afghanisatn a mess and the government refuse refugees on character grounds. If police have evidence bring it forward and have it tested. Or are the police themselves acting politically, illegally? Refugee Action Collective is preparing a protest outside Meriton Hotel at Herschel Street in Brisbane at lunchtime on Wednesday 22nd June?… Go to Article
“Much that passes for idealism is disguised lust for power” – Bertrand Russell
Global Energy Crisis
A tipping point to the ‘Edge of Darkness’ has been reached, yet again. It was back in the early 90s when new Labor’s managers of capitalism were in power that the push for the privatisation of the electricity system was still running hot.… Go to Article
Please find below the news from the Brazil Solidarity Initiative sent to me by The VSC Volunteer Team. Please support the event and their ongoing campaigning in whatever way you can. Ian Curr Ed., 8 June 2022.
“Hands always speak. Emotions that go beyond words. What fascinates me about hands is that through their movement they reveal so much that goes beyond our facial expressions. For me these photos are the truest form of intimate portrait. They show fragility, elegance and beauty, but above all women portrayed in a state of detachment from the world.… Go to Article
Give me men to match my mountains, Give me men to match my plains, Men with freedom in their visions And creation in their veins. Sam Walter Foss
Rex Connor could often be heard quoting these lines around parliament house (the old one). As Minister for Minerals and Energy in the Whitlam Labor government of 1972 Connor devised a plan to create a national energy grid and a gas pipe-line across Australia from the North West Shelf gasfields to the cities of the south-east.… Go to Article