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Now Labor Governs

Labor has won the 2020 Queensland State Election with independents and minor parties making gains in a year of the Covid pandemic. The Greens increased its vote in the inner city winning South Brisbane (9% swing) and Maiwar (14% swing). … Continue reading

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First Nations people call for support to save Deebing Creek

First Nations forest protectors are calling for more allies to join them camping out at Deebing Creek Here’s an update from Deebing Creek from Jono Sri and Amy McMahon filmed a couple of days ago. For now, joining the Justice … Continue reading

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Gone Tomorrow – Australia in the 80s

If you are going to sin, sin bravely – Sir Roderick Carnegie, CRA Limited (now Rio Tinto) A country rich in mineral and human resources. A country plagued by inflation and unemployment which no elected government seems able to cure. … Continue reading

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What kind of world … ?

High voltage lines bringing electricity from far away coal fired power stations and small boy wonders what sort of world he will live in as an adult. Small boy passes the common on the way to childcare and home every … Continue reading

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Farhad, formerly in exile on Main Street, forcibly extracted from Queensland on eve of state election

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Our friend Farhad has been taken from BITA, nobody knows where he is, and he is not responding to our messages. Guards took him away suddenly and then returned for his things. This is what they do in this system: … Continue reading

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Close battle in the Redlands over Toondah Harbour

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WBT publishes this mainstream article (The Guardian) to show what a few good activists on the ground can do to challenge the cashed up LNP sitting member in the Redlands to stop Toondah Harbour development.. Queensland election’s ‘parallel with Warringah’: … Continue reading

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Australia’s Mare Nostrum?

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Mare Nostrum = Our Sea– a Roman name for the Mediterranean Sea BackgroundLong before the birth of nation states, human beings were constantly on the move across this planet. They did so for many reasons – cold, famine, fire, drought, … Continue reading

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Police assault unionist standing up for refugee rights

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“Queensland Police Service always puts community first” – Labor Government Police Minister, Mark Ryan News from KP Prison – Footage shows Senior Constable David Giddins (badge number 7763) assaulting people trying to give first aid to man – wearing an … Continue reading

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Vale Noel Preston

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Here is an early photo that I have of Noel Preston (centre, holding anti-nuclear cartoon by Ron Cobb) during the street marches (1977).That is Pam Jones beside Noel (holding ‘People before Power Politics’). Mal McKenna is in the shot as … Continue reading

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There goes the floor

Hannibal ad portas!“Hannibal is at the gates!” Hannibal managed to lead his Carthaginian army over the Alps and into Italy to take the war directly to the Roman Republic, bypassing Roman and allied land garrisons and Roman naval dominance. Yet … Continue reading

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Meredith Burgmann – ‘cutting cane for the revolution in Cuba’

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Welcome to the Paradigm Shift on FM 102.1 4ZZZ Fridays at noon. Interviews with :- John Jiggens – independent candidate for South Brisbane in Qld State Election 31 October 2020 talks about drug law reform. Meredith Burgmann talks about her … Continue reading

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Brisbane City Hall’s ‘colonialist icon’

WBT has looked into the tympanum above Brisbane City Hall in a previous article about how former Lord Mayor and Premier Campbell Newman failed to deliver on his promise to erect a statue of aboriginal warrior, Dundalli, in Post office … Continue reading

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Cutting cane in Cuba for the Revolution

“The first brigade from Australia to Cuba was named the Eureka Brigade and left Australia in December 1983, returning in January of 1984. After this, New Zealanders were also invited and the brigade became known as the Southern Cross Brigade, … Continue reading

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Covid Vaccination

“Vaccines don’t save lives, vaccinations save lives” Mullumbimby in Northern NSW boasts the highest number of parents who do not vaccinate their children. Mullumbimby has a large alternative community in an advanced capitalist country and is environmentally conscious but distrusts … Continue reading

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The Brisbane New Left

Listen online to Paradigm Shift [4ZZZ fm 102.1 fridays at Noon] about ‘The Brisbane Left’12pm Fri 16 Oct 2020: http://ondemand.4zzzfm.org.au/paradigm-shift Interviews with Anarchists and Socialists from the 1960s & 70s about how they became radicals. Features interviews with Barbara Hart … Continue reading

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Palestinians during a pandemic: Impacts in the Middle East, and the community response

Join us at 4pm Thursday 22 October for an online webinar to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories and in refugee camps in neighbouring Lebanon. Palestinians During a Pandemic: Impacts in the Middle East and the … Continue reading

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Vietnam and the Right to Organise

“When Petersen first became Premier, he was virtually a non-entity. (The previous Premier, Pizzey had died after a few months in office, after the retirement of Frank Nicklin. Jack Pizzey was in his fifties when he died.) … Petersen had … Continue reading

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One Crowded Hour

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Offenders were punished / By being set in the cart / And driven up and down / The town. Their reputations / were lost, and the right to be present / At court; they lost all honor / And joy. … Continue reading

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The Ugly Australian

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“I can’t say what made me fall in love with Vietnam – that a woman’s voice can drug you; that everything is so intense. The colors, the taste, even the rain. Nothing like the filthy rain in London…” – Graham … Continue reading

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The Shopper

I am an old woman.When Germany had awokenPension rates were cut. My childrenGave me the pennies they could spare. ButI could hardly buy anything now. So at firstI went less often to the shops where I’d gone daily.But one day … Continue reading

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Ipswich Residents Fed up with being told Rubbish about Incinerators

Ipswich Residents who are concerned about the proposed Remondis Incinerator in Ipswich are taking matters into their own hands concerned politicians aren’t doing enough to protect their health and the environment.   They will blockade the Head Office Waste Office … Continue reading

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Many mountains to climb – Assange Legacy & Covid Concert

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swimming in shark sealooking for memoryin pink early lightbetween devil deepand wide blue sea — from Strange Fruitby ian curr Julian’s Legacy & Covid Concert Paradigm Shift 9 Oct 2020 Friday 12:00 – 1:00 PM 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Welcome to the … Continue reading

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A Book of Doors

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Book launch for Anne Richards’ memoir – ‘A Book of Doors’ About this Event AndAlso Books invites you to the launch of A Book of Doors — Anne Richards’ new look at growing up radical in Brisbane during the culturally … Continue reading

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Big Riders climb Binna Burra

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We are our memories – Uncle Bob Anderson The name, Binna Burra, is a Munangali word meaning “where the beech tree grows,” referring to a stand of Antarctic Beech in the Lamington National Park. In early September 2019, bushfires damaged … Continue reading

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Beirut Shockwave

ABC Four Corners covers the Beirut blast in August 2020.

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Bike for Beirut

This month ordinary cyclists, unionists and activists across Australia combined to do a Big Ride for Palestine to raise money for a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut. This week Lance Armstrong rode a cycle tour of Beirut to raise cash … Continue reading

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Simmo’s Legacy

Peter Simpson, the former state secretary of the electrical trades union, passed away recently after a long fight with cancer. Simmo stood up against privatisation of public assets in Queensland by Premier’s Anna Bligh (ALP) and Campbell Newman (LNP). He … Continue reading

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Assange on ‘desolation row’ at the Old Bailey

This is the latest report about the Assange extradition hearing (now in its 5th week) at the Old Bailey in London. Note that it is assumed in the report that Assange will not get a fair trial should he be extradited to the U.S.

What I do not understand is that the defence in Assange’s extradition trial does not appear to be arguing that you can’t extradite a person from one country (the UK) to another (the US) if the person is unlikely to get a fair trial? Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo in hibernation

This month we bring you performances from Cuban trovadores; Erick Sánchez and Enid Rosales, and Julio Hernández. We met Erick in 1996, first seeing him play at the Sala Atril in the Karl Marx Theatre. Later, on a subsequent visit … Continue reading