Monthly Archives: October 2008

International Indigenous Solidarity for Lex Wotton

On Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 October 2008 an International indigenous
solidarity gathering was held in Melbourne, Australia. The gathering
has featured speakers from Aboriginal Australia, Latin America, Asia
and the Pacific. Continue reading

Book Launch: After the Waterfront – the workers are quiet


To: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland The petition of the citizens of Queensland draws to the attention of the House the conviction of Lex Patrick Wotton on charges relating to the Palm Island … Continue reading


Violence done to aboriginal persons has been condoned by at least two juries now. Once in the Hurley Trial and now in the Lex Wotton trial.

Police came on to the island with high powered rifles, glock pistols, troop carriers, Tasers, to do violence against the community on Palm. They raid houses and arrest 23 people taking them off the island charging them without any evidence. Among them is Lex Wotton, his Mum is even charged. They manufacture the evidence with the aid of dope dealers and police informants. They threatened people with jail terms if they do not cooperate, they prey on the weak. Continue reading

FOCO NUEVO in October

Jumping Fences invites you to Foco Nuevo where we present a mix of musical styles that extends the folk tradition. This regular music event is held on the last Friday of each month and features a diversity of guest singer-songwriters and musicians.

Jumping Fences

Jumping Fences


26 Horan Street, West End

Friday 31st October

8.00 p.m.

$8 / $5 concession

Hot homecooked meals available

BYO – Ahimsa’s application for a liquor licence is slowly making progress!

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No Justice for Aboriginal people

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‘Come on people, we can’t accept this’ — Lex Wotton, 26 November 2004, at Palm Island Community Meeting after Mulrunji was killed by Snr Sgt Hurley. Guilty walk free while innocent are convicted You only have to read the articles … Continue reading

Come one, Come all, Support Lex Wotton — Friday, 24 October

Come one, come all,

Mulrunji on Palm Island Jetty
Palm Island Jetty

From 10 am on Friday, 24 October 2008

to support Lex Wotton and his family.

at Brisbane District Court, 304 George Street Brisbane

No More Deaths in Custody! Continue reading

Lex Wotton: vilified by media

by Pamela Curr, Campaign coordinator, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Dear Friends,

This is not a refugee story- It is a story about Australians- Indigenous Australians. However there are similarities between the way refugees and indigenous Australians are treated by the Australian media that remind us just how racism works.
Look at these two reports below to see the way in which the media can twist and part report on an incident on people whom they seek to vilify and demonise. Continue reading


In 1977 the largest mass arrest of people in Australian history occurred in Queensland. The Bjelke Petersen government was in power. This government ruled with an iron fist. Aboriginal people were subject to the racist Queensland Acts which confined many … Continue reading

Student Housing Action Co-op

KATHY BOWLEN, PRESENTER: When Melbourne University Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis bought into the debate about Victoria’s housing crisis earlier this year, he can’t have known that a group of his students were planning a public statement of their own. In arguing for a rethink of student income support, Professor Davis lamented the fact that hundreds of his own students were effectively homeless.
Shortly afterwards, a group calling itself the Student Housing Action Cooperative occupied four vacant university buildings. The squatters say turning such buildings over to cooperative housing could provide a quick and low cost solution for students caught up in the housing crisis. Continue reading

Vale Bert Nord

In Celebration of a big, wonderful life…

Bert Nord, a long time leftie in Brisbane; an activist in the Transport Workers Union, former member of the CPA and an enthusiastic member of the Bushwackers, as well as real great bloke, died on Tuesday 7th. October. Bert and Norma Nord were well known in West End. Continue reading

Hammered by the Irish — Online Book Launch

1) Photos from “Hammered by the Irish” benefit Gig for Anti-War Prisoners Dublin, Oct 9th.
2) Reflections on the Oct 9 Benefit Gig – “Community Building as Basis of Resisting Wholesale & Retail Violence!”
3) Present Availability of Harry Browne’s “Hammered by the Irish”-Ireland, England, Australia, U.S. amd online!
4) Future Events around Release of “Hammered by the Irish”

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Discussion Forum: Fighting for Union Rights under Labor


Book Launch: AFTER THE WATERFRONT — The Workers are Quiet

You are cordially invited to the launch of a new book published by Leftpress:

The Workers are Quiet

A critique of Australian industrial relations since the momentous waterfront dispute of 1998.

(Next to Ahimsa House)
26 Horan St, West End

Friday November 7
6.30 p.m.

The Decline in Union Membership

Light refreshments provided Continue reading

Campaign against Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC)

WE have mentioned previously the option of running a few more stalls to publicise the campaign against the ABCC.

ABCC stall is held at West End Markets in Brisbane at Davies Park Cnr Montague and Jane Sts West End

Please note the dates for these stalls –
Saturday 1 November
Saturday 22 November
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Broken Hill Dispute — 100 years

Quotes from participants, media and judges telling their side of the dispute

One of the miners who was there wrote this about the 1908 Broken Hill Dispute:

“The mounted men, like their predecessors, were armed with carbines and revolvers…everything was orderly and the line of route was the same we had traversed many times before. As the procession approached the thoroughfare on the far side of which was the company’s property, we found the way blocked by police. They made a dash for the union banner, tore it off the poles and used the latter on the heads of the men including the bandsmen. For 10 minutes there was as lively a time as I had ever experienced, and I was in the middle of it. At the end of the fray, I was marched off to the police station, together with 20 of my comrades. We were all bunged into one large cell.” Continue reading


For coverage of this important trial click on To understand why Lex Wotton has been charged see the Workers BushTelegraph article Mulrunji

Jumping Fences at the 2008 Queensland Multicultural Festival

Jumping Fences are playing this Sunday at the Queensland Multicultural Festival.

3pm – 3.20pm at Roma St Parkland

We will be playing as a five piece band, with Sue (guitar and vocals), Lachlan (bass), Ross Gwyther (tenor sax and clarinet), James Harper (percussion) and Dan Simpson (drums).

More information about the festival is available at the Qld Multicultural Festival

email enquiries:

Hope to see you there,

Lachlan and Sue

Australia Post fails in bid to link CEPU to Union Solidarity

Report from Workplace Express (an IR Club  web publication)

08 October 2008 4:20pm

The AIRC has rebuffed an attempt by Australia Post to establish a connection between the CEPU and left-wing community protest group Union Solidarity.

Australian Post applied to the AIRC for orders to stop unlawful industrial action on September 18 after it discovered Union Solidarity was organising a picket for later that day to prevent mail trucks entering or leaving its Dandenong Letters Centre. Continue reading

TRIPLE TROUBLE: Three events celebrating past and present peace protests

Three events celebrating past and present peace protests


(Corner of Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton)

A screening of Box 4’s documentary about the 2002 anti-US base protest.

The launch of Iain McIntyre’s book about two decades of anti-arms fair protests.

The Asia Pacific Defence and Security Exhibition arms fair has been
called off due to the threat of protest action. Come together to celebrate a victory for the peace movement.
Drinks and hot food available. Continue reading

Protest the Land Warfare Conference in Brisbane

Please pass on

The Land Warfare Conference Welcoming Committee invites you to………

Protest the Land Warfare Conference in Brisbane

“River city to host conference on the best ways to make a killing”

Brisbane will be hosting the 2008 Land Warfare Conference from Oct 27-31, 2008.  The conference, themed Force Protection in the 21st Century – Deter, Detect, Disrupt and Defeat will see some of the world’s largest and most lethal military manufacturers exhibiting their wares and working alongside military officials to plan more efficient ways to wage war.

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