Mystery Road

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

Disband NATO!

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

Assange: cyber Messiah

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

Who owns labour history?

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

‘Life lifted into the Sky’

Art & Activism in a nuclear age

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

Countering ALP opportunism in unions

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

Bob Hawke was a ‘grouper’ before the split in 1957

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 17 Group: Prison reform

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

1985 SEQEB Dispute: ‘the sleep of reason is the birth of monsters’

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

Infantile disorder in the Greens

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

Australia’s Defence Policy Explained

This petition on the largest naval exercises in the world coming up soon, which I hope you will sign and share widely 

https://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/cancel-largest-naval-war-maneuvers-dangerous-rimpac-2022

and 

an article on RIMPAC  by US Col Ann Wright who works with us on the Pacific Peace Network

plus

This comedic video is a few years old but it still relates to the policies being enacted eg AUKUS and partnership in the QUAD

For peace

Annette
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Vale Ted D’Urso

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.

__oOo__

From Ken Mansell:

I am so saddened to hear that Ted has passed.… Go to Article

The Battle for Taringa

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

Open Letter to Prime Minister regarding Palestine

Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Voltaire

To: The Honourable Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister Australia.

Dear sir,

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

Failure of the electricity marketeers … despite government subsidies

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

Equal love

Here’s the latest from Sel at Equal Love Brisbane:

Protesting has pushed back the Religious Discrimination Bill, but we need to go on the offensive if we want to end religious exemptions that permit schools and hospitals to fire LGBTI staff.

We need to be on the front foot against the rise in transphobic rhetoric, particularly around trans people in sport and access to essential facilities.… Go to Article

1970s Inflationary Spiral?

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

How long, how long, must refugees wait?

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

Queensland’s  gaol and imprisonment crisis

“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.”
― Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks

Keith Hamburger was an advocate of privatisation of prisons; he was the first Director-General of the Corrective Services Commission (QCS) and sought reform .… Go to Article

Solutions to the ‘Edge of Darkness’

“Much that passes for idealism
is disguised lust for power”
– Bertrand Russell

Global Energy Crisis

Energy crisis in coal states 2022

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

Solidarity with Brazilian people

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.

 EVENT: For Lula – and the return of hope to Brazil
7PM UK time (GMT+1) Thursday, 23rd June – register for the online rally here

Elections take place in October and president Bolsonaro and his far-right allies are ramping up threats against Brazilian democracy. … Go to Article

Hands

“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

Buying back the farm

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