Protected: The Second Father — a Brisbane Better Book?

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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 … Continue reading QRail not for sale!

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

The July Meeting of the 17 Group – 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 … Continue reading St. Mary’s in Exile at the TLC [Queensland Council of Unions building]

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 … Continue reading No free lunch for Kevin Rudd?

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 … Continue reading Australia’s ‘Construction Stasi’

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 – … Continue reading Close the Bases

FOCO NUEVO in June 09

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 … Continue reading FOCO NUEVO in June 09

The Ellen Taylor Community Centre June 2009 Newsletter

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.

Oodgeroo: Bloodline to Country — a review

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. Rosemary Sorensen | June 08, 2009| Article & Photo from: The Australian From right Sam … Continue reading Oodgeroo: Bloodline to Country — a review

Labor Party puts more of Queensland up for sale

"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 … Continue reading Labor Party puts more of Queensland up for sale

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 … Continue reading Abolish the Australian Building & Construction Commission

New government, same old racism

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, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians." More than a year later, the Rudd … Continue reading New government, same old racism