Monthly Archives: June 2009


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Unite in Opposition to the State Government



12pm, Friday 3 July

Roma St Forum,

cnr Roma & Turbot Sts

Vamos a Cuba: Combined Unions Choir

Combined Unions Choir

Fund Raising concert

for a Union Choir trip to Cuba with other workers choirs.

July 17th    7:30pm
Paddo Workers Centre. … see poster below

Union Choir Vamos a Cuba

QRail not for sale!


A few weeks ago the State Government announced it wants to privatise Queensland Rail (other than passenger services), Queensland Motorways, the Port of Brisbane, Forestry Plantations Queensland and the Abbot Point Coal Terminal.

If it gets away with selling these assets, what will be next – the electricity industry, our water supply? Many Queenslanders oppose such a fire sale of our public assets.

So does the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) and we are sponsoring a Statewide community campaign – the Light on the Hill campaign – to try and stop the sale.

Queenslanders concerned about the State Government’s proposal are invited to attend the following campaign activities in their area.

The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) is sponsoring a Statewide community campaign against the sale of public assets, including most of Queensland Rail, by the Bligh Labor Government.

The Light on the Hill campaign gives ETU members and their fellow Queenslanders a chance to speak out against the privatisation of State Government assets. Continue reading

St. Mary’s in Exile at the TLC [Queensland Council of Unions building]

The July Meeting of the 17 Group –

Peter Kennedy & John Battersby

Wednesday the 1st of July at 7pm in

Unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End.

The topic: “ St. Mary’s in Exile at the TLC [Queensland Council of Unions building]”. The speakers will be the two priests who were deprived of their former roles as the administrators and celebrants at St Mary’s church, namely Peter Kennedy and Terry Fitzpatrick.

Peter and Terry will, mainly in question and answer form, address the issues, religious, philosophical, cultural and social, raised by the series of recent events culminating in their dismissal by the Bishop.

For background on the issues involved go to the St Mary’s Community website at

Mt Marys in South Brisbane (with the land rights flag taken down)

Mt Mary's in South Brisbane (with the land rights flag taken down)

Letters from Archbishop of Brisbane suspending Fr Peter Kennedy

· Letters from the Archbishop

Submitted by Editorial Team on Fri, 05/06/2009

·  Notice of Penalty of Suspension

· Notice of revocation of faculties to hear confessions, preach and assist validly at marriages (These documents are pdf files and require the free Adobe Reader)

· Media reports Saturday June 6

Trotsky contented himself with saying about this one “ Not in my area ” and muttering something as he left the room that sounded like “ opium of the people ” and “ sigh of the oppressed creature ”.  So again he probably won’t be there.  But the usual convivial crowd will be, eating and drinking and talking into the night.  All are welcome, orthodox and heretical, lapsed and unlapsed, anyone who believes in anything.

No free lunch for Kevin Rudd?

by Lachlan Hurse
from Hainanese Chicken
and its place
in World History

It has been suggested that the Ipswich car dealer at the centre of the row in Federal Parliament between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr John Grant wined and dined staff of the Prime Minister at a exclusive Chinese restaurant in Ipswich.

In Federal Parliament tempers flared after it was revealed that John Grant, of John Grant Motors, had given a free ute to Kevin Rudd, complete with paid registration and insurance.

Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull used Question Time to ask Mr Rudd about his dealings with Mr Grant, who sells second-hand cars from premises in Brisbane Street, Ipswich.

Mr Turnbull said: ‘I ask the Prime Minister, does he really expect the Australian public to believe it’s appropriate for a Prime Minister who receives from the taxpayer free of charge: two houses, several cars, chauffeur-driven Comcars and travel on airforce jets, to also receive another free car from a car dealer who is seeking finance from a taxpayer-funded finance company?’

Mr Rudd confirmed he had received a ute from John Grant Motors for use in his Brisbane constituency, but strenuously denied he had acted improperly.

‘I have been advised that neither I or my office has ever spoken with Mr Grant in relation to OzCar,’ he said.

‘Two, neither I nor my office has ever made any representations on his behalf.

‘Three, I have not been aware of any representations on his behalf made by anyone in the government.

‘And four, it is absolutely not true that any of the staff of Prime Minister and Cabinet have ever had free lunches provided by Mr Grant. I vigorously deny the ludicrous suggestion by the Leader of the Opposition that Mr Grant treated my staff to a supposedly sumptuous banquet of Hainanese Chicken.’

An employee at Mr Grant’s Ipswich offices yesterday said his boss was unavailable for comment as he was out to lunch.

I would like to advise readers that John Grant doesn’t just look after the Prime Minister, he is listed on the Queensland Department of Communities website as offering a free five year warranty to all Queensland and interstate Seniors Card and Seniors Business Discount Card holders.

Australia’s ‘Construction Stasi’

by Humphrey McQueen

Dare Australia’s Labor government gaol Adelaide builders’ labourer, Ark Tribe?

Tribe’s crime is that he refuses to attend a secret hearing of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). His failure to appear renders him liable to six months in prison or a fine of $22,000. Similar penalties apply if he turns up but refuses to answer, or if he answers but then tells anyone what the questions were. The power to coerce testimony also applies to passers-by whom the ABCC felt might provide evidence of wrong-doing by unionists, as happened to a Melbourne university lecturer subpoenaed in 2007. Continue reading

Close the Bases

Close the Bases Stop the Exercises End the Wars

Up to 30,000* US and Australian troops will be practicing bombing, landing and raiding at Shoalwater Bay in Central Queensland – just north of Rockhampton- in the NT and in WA as part of Australia-US Joint Military Exercises Operation Talisman Sabre 2009 from JULY 6 – 26 this year.

The Peace Convergence is calling for peace action to take place throughout the war games in the Shoalwater region, throughout Queensland and around Australia. Join us in saying NO! to the practicing and waging of war. Continue reading

FOCO NUEVO in June 09

Foco banner

Foco Nuevo continues to bring great acoustic performances in the inviting atmosphere of the newly-named Ellen Taylor Community Centre (previously called Ahimsa House).

And a reminder that we’ve got hot meals on offer with our friends Manoli and Nayita bringing their Latin American cooking skills to Foco Nuevo.

Our guests for June are Julie Minto and the Acoustic Union String Band. Continue reading

The Ellen Taylor Community Centre June 2009 Newsletter

Ellen Taylor Community Centre Newsletterimage

Welcome to the first issue of the Ellen Taylor Community Center Newsletter.
This issue announces the establishment of the “Ellen Taylor Community Centre” at 26 Horan Street, West End in honour of Ross Taylor’s late wife and to honour Ross’s great gift to the Kurilpa community of the building
located at 26 Horan Street in West End, Brisbane.

Ross’s intent in donating this building to the community is to establish a centre that will serve the Kurilpa community comprised of but not limited to South Brisbane, West End, Highgate Hill, Dutton Park and Hill End in
an effective and compassionate manner. His vision is to provide much needed space at reasonable rates for services and products in this region focused on environmental outcomes, learning and compassionate community counselling, The Ellen Taylor Community Centre will also take steps to foster, accommodate
and auspice other community groups, individuals and clubs who share similar values and are in need of function and meeting spaces. Continue reading


Editor’s Note:  I have reprinted Rosemary Sorensen‘s article “Ode to Oodgeroo” about a new play by Sam Watson below. If you can make it get along to this play Oodgeroo: Bloodline to Country at the Roundhouse Theatre, Brisbane, July 2-11. … Continue reading

WorkLife Film festival

worklife film 'final offer' Hi all,

Please pass this notice on to others..
the next film in the Worklife Film festival is
"Final Offer"  on

Thursday 18th June at 6:30pm for 7:00pm
Paddington Workers Centre,
2 Latrobe Tce., Paddington

Drinks available and Pizza also.
– a documentary about the struggle between the US & Canadian auto workers and GM in 1984

Ross Gwyther

Labor Party puts more of Queensland up for sale

image“You can’t make figs grow on barren trees” — Ernie Lane speaking about the ALP in Dawn to Dusk-reminiscences of a rebel.

About 500 unionists and community members attended a rally outside the ALP State conference at the Convention centre in Brisbane today (7 June 2009).

The President of the ALP, Andrew Dettmer, was booed by the crowd when he suggested that nothing would be solved by people leaving the ALP.

“The Labor Party does not get better by people leaving it.” he stated. The reply from the union members present: “Whose side are you on Andrew. Are you with the union or are you with them. Go on get back to your mates (in the ALP).”

Attempts at comic relief by a young man dressed as an auctioneer could not dispell the anger of the crowd.

Officials from the Electical Trades Union ETU (Peter Simpson), Maritime Union of Australia MUA (Mick Carr), Qld Public Sector Union QPSU, Manufacturing union AMWU (Andrew Dettmer) spoke out against privatisation of Ports, Rail and Electricity infrastructure currently in public hands. Continue reading

Abolish the Australian Building & Construction Commission

Click on the recording of Julia Gillard’s speech to the ACTU congress and reply by ACTU Secretary Jeff Lawrence and while it is playing read the explanation below.

Earlier at the ACTU congress Ark Tribe, a rigger from South Australia, received a standing ovation.

What Ark had done was write a petition on a toilet hand towel to get better conditions on his construction worksite at Flinders University. He got his mates to sign the petition and asked management to correct the bad safety conditions on site.

The Australian Building and Construction commission were brought in by the boss and demanded that Ark reveal the people who were at the meeting where they got the petition together.

Ark refused. Continue reading


by Sam Watson, Socialist Alliance Indigenous Rights Spokesperson 28 May 2009 In his Sorry Speech, delivered on February 13, 2008, Kevin Rudd said “We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, … Continue reading