The world’s oldest living rainforest has been returned to its custodians in a historic handback ceremony in Far North Queensland.
Native title had already been established over the land, but the traditional custodians wanted more involvement
They will jointly manage the country with the Queensland government and say it will lead to cultural learning and employment opportunities
About 20 per cent of the 160,213ha handed back comes in addition to the land already under native title
The Eastern Kuku Yalanji people have taken formal ownership of 160,213 hectares of country stretching from Mossman to Cooktown, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park.… Go to Article
I am not sure that these repeated calls for inquiries into the practices of the Public Trustee is the answer. What is needed is for the government to return the public trustee under the control of the public service and for the office to be made fully accountable and for ordinary people with limited assets be provided with a free service to wind up the financial affairs of their family and friends when they die.… Go to Article
Queensland police refuse to remove traditional owners occupying Adani’s coalmine site
Miner says group is ‘trespassing’ but police have acknowledged their cultural rights under human rights act
Queensland police have told a group of First Nations people occupying the site of Adani’s Carmichael coalmine for the past five weeks that they have no intention of removing them from the area “at this time”.… Go to Article
Trev’s Brisbane Forecast for next 7 Days from 13 October PLUS
INSTABILITY – what does it mean?
The Bureau of Meteorology are predicting potentially extreme weather across much of south-eastern Australia from South Australia, with severe thunderstorms expected in south-east Queensland, in particular on Thursday. Extreme weather is often described as being associated with a highly unstable atmosphere.… Go to Article
“The offshore dumping of Refugees in impoverished Pacific communities has become an irretrievable disaster necessitating urgent action by Australia. No new direction in refugee policy can be complete without a change to the current offshore policy which has been an unmitigated disaster to both the refugees and to their unwilling hosts in the communities of the Pacific Islands.”… Go to Article
Pius V instructed that the Psalmist’s words – ‘this is the Lord’s doing’ be stamped on medallions commemorating the Holy League’s destruction of the Ottoman fleet off Lepanto on October 7, 1571. Of 230 enemy warships, thirty escaped, leaving behind 30,000 dead or dying.… Go to Article
At the close to the most successful Big Ride for Palestine (Australia) about fifty (50) from the community who support Palestine assemble near the Baladi (=home) Coffee Cart run by Farrah and Tony. Already 115 riders and walkers have completed over 11,720 kilometre Australia-wide and have raised over $45,000 (so far) for the Palestinian Women’s Humanitarian Organisation in the refugee camps in Lebanon.… Go to Article
Rotterdam city centre sits a few miles inland from the North Sea, its skyscrapers and office buildings lining the New Meuse River, a tributary of the Rhine. A ferry tour takes you past ship repair yards, grain silos, terminals receiving coal and iron ore for Ruhr Valley industries, and even a massive orange juice storage facility that receives its cargo from Latin America.… Go to Article
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Jane Eyre
Of all the characters in the Bronte sisters novels, I find Jane Eyre the most sympathetic character. Raised in a terrible orphanage before being forced into work as a governess with a cruel boss, Bronte portrays the plain Jane Eyre as a kind and heroic figure even before she meets the stormy Rochester in the rain one night on the dark moors.… Go to Article
We post this invitation by IPAN to a meeting of interested organisations to discuss the potential formation of a broad national coalition campaigning against Nuclear Submarines and AUKUS. This Introductory invitation is signed by 15 organisations listed at the bottom of the letter.
Australians are facing a dangerous turn of events with the Government joining the AUKUS military agreement (Australia, UK, US) that can open the door to nuclear power and nuclear weapons in Australia. … Go to Article
Labor Party resolutions (Queensland & Britain) on Israel and Palestine
It is interesting that the strong condemnation of Israel by the British Labour Party has occurred after Jeremy Corbyn left the leadership. It appears that this motion is a truly rank & file motion within the Party given the bumbling, pro-Murdoch attitude of the leadership.… Go to Article
To a man with no name, I don’t trust intellectuals. They can make anything sound true. If there is a truth, it lies in struggle. If you can’t make it happen, what’s the point? So long as you know which side you are on and why. No one of consequence, 6 October 2021
Gladstone … observed that even love had not turned more men into fools than has meditation upon the nature of money.… Go to Article
The Seabreeze Effect – Do the coastal areas always stay cooler?
“Brisbane has recorded its hottest October day since 2004, with the temperature today hitting 36.6 degrees earlier this afternoon. The Bureau of Meteorology says temperatures across the south-east were between five and 10 degrees above average. Senior forecaster Felim Hanniffy says the heat was the result of a trough travelling towards the coast — from an area just west of the Darling Downs — and northerly winds.”… Go to Article
There has been a rapid community response opposing Scott Morrison’s government’s embracing Aukus war pact and nuclear- powered submarines.
The response to Scott Morrison’s decision to embrace Aukus and nuclear submarine technology has sparked opposition in the Australian community and overseas. A coalition of concerned people and organisations is being formed to challenge and oppose these decisions.… Go to Article
In the absence of a viable plan to release Julian Assange, the media is speculating about a reported CIA abduction/murder plan. Everyone is treading water including Joe Biden.
Did the CIA plan to abduct, perhaps even murder, Julian Assange. Why? What are the Vault 7 secrets obtained by Wikileaks. The article explains that they are a trove of CIA software exploits.… Go to Article
Foco can mean a central space, however in revolutionary politics Che Guevara gave it real meaning in guerrilla warfare against military dictatorships around the world. It was a place from which the poor and oppressed could launch their attack on the ruling class.
Having left the Middle East In chaos, the United States is trying to protect its military superiority in the Indo-Pacific. Like a devoted child, Australia is going along for the ride providing an even greater base for US military superiority.
On this week’s Paradigms Shift, Andy manages to get a submariner to criticise the new nuclear sub deal with United States.… Go to Article
It is easy to forget that Mandela was not a man of peace. Or more accurately, he believed that we need to fight for justice and therefore, peace. Many of his comrades were Jewish, as this article explores. Note that the author has underestimated the percentage of white people living in South Africa.… Go to Article
I did a 30 kilometre bike ride along the Redlands coast, with friends Ian and Lachlan in support of the Big Ride for Palestine. We joined partners Katherine, Claire and Susan as they undertook a 7 km walk which formed part of our ride. We are all part of team “Araucarians”.… Go to Article
We shall return the nightingale told me when we met on a hill that nightingales still live there on our dreams and that among the yearning hills and people there is a place for us 0 heart then how long has the wind scattered us. Come, we shall return let us return.… Go to Article
From the frontlines – an update on the situation in Lebanon
For nearly two years Lebanon has been assailed by compounded crises – specifically, the economic and financial crises, followed by COVID-19, massive inflation, the inability to access goods (medication, baby formula, etc.), unemployment, the explosion at the Port of Beirut in August 2020, the gasoline crisis, and in the past few months the electricity crisis.… Go to Article