Monthly Archives: April 2010


Two Train Singers

In the few short weeks between 20 Feb 2010 and 2 May 2010  7 people died in custody in Australia . Nearly one person for every week. This poem is dedicated to those people and to Uncle Sam Watson who … Continue reading

Jobs With Justice: May Day Rally Fights for Aboriginal Workers’ Rights

Media Release
April 30, 2010

Jobs With Justice: May Day Rally Fights for Aboriginal Workers’ Rights

The Intervention Rollback Action Group (IRAG) , local trade unionists and representatives from a number of Aboriginal communities will stage a demonstration in Alice Springs this Saturday May 1st, international day for workers rights.

The protest will highlight the huge loss of employment in communities that has come with the NT Intervention, severe cuts to Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) and the dissolution of Aboriginal Community Councils in favour of mega-Shires.

The protest will demand serious government investment to provide properly waged employment and services in all Aboriginal communities and an immediate end to new CDEP arrangements which are forcing Aboriginal people to work for their quarantined Centrelink payments.

Barbara Shaw from IRAG said, “with the Intervention and the takeover of our Indigenous Community Councils into nine super-shires, we were told that there were going to be real employment opportunities for people in the communities – proper wages for proper work. So where are these jobs now?”

“The Intervention is just a re-creation of past policies. For much of the 20th century our people worked for stations and mission managers and only got paid in rations. And here we are today being forced to work for the BasicsCard.”

“As Aboriginal people we need to fight with the unions for our rights to equal pay for equal work. Both Article 17.3 in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (2007) and 23.2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) prohibit pay discrimination”, concluded Ms Shaw.

Paddy Gibson from IRAG said, “The Intervention and the Shires have seen a jobs massacre in Aboriginal communities. This is part of a broader attempt to restrict resources and opportunities in communities deemed ‘unviable’ by the government and force people to move. At Ampilatwatja for example, young people are being told there is no waged work available with the Shire – they can either sign up to work for the BasicsCard or leave. Yet we have seen five outside contractors working there over the last month doing basic municipal work like lawn mowing.”

“Along with mass unemployment Jenny Macklin’s Intervention has created the most hyperexploited section of workers in Australia – BasicsCard workers. Planning to attend this protest are construction workers from Kalkaringi , currently being forced to build an Arts and Craft centre to get their ration card. This is at the site of the historic Wave Hill walk off where Aboriginal people went on strike with unions for equal pay – we are reviving this spirit this May Day”, added Mr Gibson.

Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers’ Union (LHMU) Regional Organiser Miguel Ociones concluded, “Fairness and equality has always been the trademark of Unions. We believe that if there are identified jobs that needed to be done by the Shires to provide services to the community on a day to day basis, then it should be paid with real wages. People shouldn’t be forced to work for the Basics Card if there is no fair compensation for a fair work done.”

Barbara Shaw 0401 291 166
Paddy Gibson 0415 800 586
Miguel Ociones 0418 851 308

Invitation to Joan Shears getting the OAM


The family, friends and supporters of Joan Shears OAM invite


to a dinner gathering and entertainment

at the QCU Building Level 2

at 6.30pm for 7.00pm on Friday evening 7th May 2010

to celebrate the

conferring of the medal of the Order of Australia on


by the Governor of Queensland on the previous day.

Charges are $20 per head for waged and $15 concession for unwaged persons or children. Bar available.

PLEASE RSVP to Marya McDonald at the office of Senator Claire Moore by Tuesday 4th May for catering purposes.

Phone : 07 3252 7101

FAX: 07 3252 8957



Hi Folks,

Below is a summary of the Herald Sun articles opposing a Victorian State Government initiative which promotes respect and knowledge of diversity through Victorian Schools.

Read on – you be the judge and you may wish to comment.

Sadly this paper has the highest circulation of any paper in Australia.

Sydney has its radio shock jocks instigating intolerance and hate in our rainbow nation.

Melbourne is blighted by the Herald Sun which in an election year is turning to virulent attcks on any and all minority groups in the community.

Foco Nuevo in May




Friday May 7
8.00 p.m.

Kurilpa Hall
174 Boundary Street
West End

(Next to the West End Library. Click

for a map)

$10 / $7 concession

Maggie’s delicious cakes, tea and coffee on sale.


FOCO NUEVO in MAYWe’re pleased to be back in Kurilpa Hall, and are looking forward to playing again after the break. Our guests for May are Consason and Mark Shortis.

Consason: An authentic Latinamerican sound with Leonor Orellana (Guatemala) on vocals, Miguel Calderón (Mexico) on piano and Paolo Grossi (Mexico) on guitar. Consason ‘with seasoning’ but also ‘with son’ is a game of words that describes the traditional sounding Brisbane band brought together by their love of their home´s traditional music including Bolero, Chachacha, Son, Cumbia, Merengue and other old-school Latin ball dance styles.

Mark Shortis: Singer/guitarist Mark Shortis presents some original guitar compositions from his CD ‘Songs Without Words’, as well as some obscure covers from the late 60’s, including Donovan, Jimmy Page and Davy Graham.

Jumping Fences the song-writing partnership of Lachlan Hurse and Sue Monk, will be playing their energetic mix of original and Latin American songs. Enjoying an extended line up, they will be accompanied by Ross Gwyther (tenor sax) Robbie Stewart (lead guitar), Dan Simpson (drums) and James Harper (percussion) along with Leonor Orellana. Their songs extend the folk tradition, and give new insights into contemporary life. [website]

Upcoming Jumping Fences gigs

May 1: We’re playing at a concert to celebrate the International Day of the Workers at the Paddington Workers Club, 2 Latrobe Terrace. Also playing: Absolutely Scandalous, Combined Unions Choir, Phil Monsour, Robbie Dunn. Food on sale from 5, Open mic at 6, concert at 7 pm. (info)

May 29: Human Rights Arts and Film Festival at the Powerhouse. For more info click here

hope to see you soon

Lachlan and Sue

web email



Save lives -Protect refugees


Our politicians are turning their backs on Australias impressive record of helping refugees fleeing war and persecution.
Tell them that punishing desperate people to score political points is not in line with Australian values of compassion
and generosity.

We successfully closed Woomera and Baxter.
We got children out of detention.
We stopped temporary protection visas.
Working together we can change government policy again.

Wear red and yellow and come and be part of our human life-ring!

Saturday 8 May
Melbourne 11.00 am St Kilda Beach
Sydney 11.00 am Bondi Beach
Brisbane 1.00 pm King George Square
Adelaide 1.00 pm Barker Gardens, Prospect

More info go to or call 1300 300 920


Third justice rally for Peter ‘Bo’ Duncan Time: 10 a.m. Date: Saturday 1 May 2010 Venue: Queens Park, Toowoomba (corner Margaret & Hume St.) History of injustice January 19: Peter Bo Duncan collapses and dies less than one hour after … Continue reading


5.30pm Thurs 20 May Level 2 TLC Building 16 Peel St South Brisbane free admission refreshments available Ros Kidd was awarded a doctorate by Griffith University in 1994 for her groundbreaking research into government control of Aboriginal people in Queensland … Continue reading


May Day Celebration

This gallery contains 2 photos.

Between 50 – 60 people from a variety of unions turned up on May 1st at the Paddington Workers Centre in Brisbane to hear some rousing songs, music and poems put on to celebrate May Day under the banner of … Continue reading

Next 17 Group “Place and the Custodial Ethic –an Aboriginal metaphysic”.

The May meeting of the 17 Group – on Wednesday the 5th of May at 7pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End.

“Place and the Custodial Ethic – an Aboriginal metaphysic”. The speaker will be indigenous thinker Mary Graham.
Here are a summary of the themes to be addressed and a short biography of the speaker: Notes for Workshop

“In contemporary Australian society Aboriginal people lack both ideological and economic bases of power – they control neither things nor ideas. Whites control resources, productions and distribution.” (C. Howe, 1982)

To the extent that the Land is the Law, Aboriginal Australia seems to have said to the people: “co-operate, don’t compete; share, don’t hoard; extend your relationships and honour your sacred sites”. It was a Law, which requires an ahistorical view of time.

The world is immediate, not external, and we are all its custodians, as well as its observers. A culture that holds the immediate world at bay by objectifying it as the Observed System, thereby leaving it to the blinkered forces of the market place, will also be blind to the effects of doing so until those effects become quantifiable as, for example, acid rain, holes in the ozone layer and global economic recession. All the social forces, which have led to this planetary crisis, could have been anticipated in principle, but this would have required a richer metaphysics.

The voice(s) emerging from Place (community/locality) is the authentic one, not the ‘objective’, scientific description.

From the Indigenous point of view local innovation is the implicit basis of scientific knowledge. True science has to include the metaphysical aspects of knowledges. (5) Cajete, Gregory, “Native Science”, Clear Light Publishers, Santa Fe, NM 2000. p 69.

The inclusion of Place in a story provides an authentic explanation of how and why something comes into the world that in turn provides a balance between agency (human and spiritual) and point of origin or Place. Balance and re-balance is achieved when Place is used like an ontological compass. The story of alcohol (in Europe) is one such instance.

Example: An Indigenous group of people undergoing de-tox therapies requested information about the story of alcohol, not the official health dangers, not the historical account of how it is made, but the Dreaming Story of alcohol, that is, the Place from where it originated, the Ancestral Beings who brought it into the world and the meaning associated with it. The counselling staff were challenged by this request and had to research this aspect which led them to stories of the gods Bacchus, Dionysius, Pan and others and their role in bringing alcohol into being. This approach made a lot more sense to the Aboriginal clients and in turn impacted positively on their recovery. (6) San Roque, Craig, mid-1990’s, “Story of Alcohol-Sugarman Song Cycle” Documentary Video. Alice Springs.

Western contemporary techno-sciences, rather than being taken as definitional of knowledge, rationality, or objectivity, should be treated as varieties of knowledge systems. But even though knowledge systems may differ in their epistemologies, methodologies, logics, cognitive structures, or socioeconomic contexts, a characteristic they all share is localness.


Mary Graham was born in Brisbane and grew up on the Gold Coast, she is a Kombu-merri person on her father’s side and is also affiliated with the Waka Waka group through her mother.

She has lectured and tutored on subjects in Aboriginal history, politics, and comparative philosophy at the University of Queensland and at other educational institutions around the country.

She was the Administrator of the Aboriginal and Islander Child Care Agency (AICCA) during the 1970’s and has been on the Boards and Committees of several Aboriginal organisations in Brisbane for many years since.

Mary was a member of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation during its first term and was a member of the ATSIC Regional Council for South East Queensland for 6 years. She was also a Queensland Corrective Services Commissioner for 1 year. She then had her own successful consultancy in Aboriginal affairs – Mary Graham and Associates.

She has carried out research work for the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action (FAIRA), a Native Title Representative Body in Brisbane.

Other activities have included free-lance editing for UQP; publishing training guide manuals for various Government departments, Federal, State and Local Government levels; script development work for film and television with Murri-image Production.

She is currently working as a community development/research consultant for the Kummara Association in Brisbane – a Stronger Indigenous Families initiative.

Briefly adverting to the Trotsky question, an accredited spokesperson thought he might attend, to suggest, in an adroit and learned display, possible connections to the pre-class-struggle stage of the Marxist account of historical materialism, the so called ‘primitive communism’ of prehistoric fame, but then again he might, as usual, not. Be that as it may, come, as usual, yourself.

Dan O’Neill

Copy of Extract of AR Paper.docx

Working with Refugee/Asylum Seeker Children and Families Forum – MELBOURNE

Working with Refugee/Asylum Seeker Children and Families Friday 21 May 2010

Workshop content

Prof Louise Newman

9.30am 11.00am This forum will review the psychological and emotional issues facing children and young people seeking asylum and refugee status in the Australian context and will look at current issues in immigration detention impacting on children and adolescents. We will discuss approaches to psychological support for refugee children and their families and the moral and ethical issues involved in this work

Ida Kaplan

11.15am 12.45pm This presentation will address distinctive issues when working with children, adolescents and families of refugee background. Pre-arrival experiences characterised by exposure to violence and loss, systematic persecution and forced displacement will be considered along with a host of additional factors associated with the challenge of resettlement. They range from the broadest contextual factors, such as international security concerns and ongoing zones of war and conflict, to the local context, especially the quality of service systems in the areas of health, education and employment, and community attitudes. The composition of the family in Australia, dynamics of family life and personal resources are also fundamental considerations. Every encounter with people of refugee background is a crosscultural one and important practice and service delivery issues arise from this fact alone.

Pamela Rycroft

1.30pm 3.00pm In this presentation, Pam will be talking about the highs and lows of working with an openended, multi-family group program of asylum-seeker families, called ‘KidsZone’. She will discuss some of the particular issues for kids in families caught in the limbo of the process of seeking permanent residence, as well as some of the issues for the volunteer counsellors and child workers. About the speakers

Prof Louise Newman

Louise Newman is the Professor of Developmental Psychiatry and Director of the Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry & Psychology. Prior to this appointment she was the Chair of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry at the University of Newcastle and the previous Director of the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry. She is a practising infant psychiatrist with expertise in the area of disorders of early parenting and attachment difficulties in infants. She has undertaken research into the issues confronting parents with histories of early trauma and neglect. Her current research is focussing on the evaluation of infant-parent interventions in high-risk populations, the concept of parental reflective functioning in mothers with borderline disorders and the neurobiology of parenting disturbance. Professor Newman is involved in the education of psychiatrists and a range of mental health professionals in the areas of attachment theory and infant-parent interventions. She is the Convenor of the Alliance of Health Professions for Asylum Seekers and an advocate for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. She is the current President of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Ida Kaplan

Dr. Kaplan is Direct Services Manager at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (VFST). In that role she oversees client services, is involved in the development of service models for refugees and asylum seekers and has had extensive experience, locally and internationally training professionals in the provision of appropriate interventions for survivors of torture and trauma. Her interests are in the intersection of mental health and human rights issues in understanding recovery from trauma. Very recently she and her colleagues have completed research on the effects of long term detention.

Pam Rycroft

Pam is a psychologist and family therapist who has worked in mainstream psychiatry and community mental health, ambulance crisis line and private practice, as well as working with The Bouverie Centre since 1986. Her special interests are single session frameworks, sibling and grief issues and the unique contribution of children in families. She currently combines clinical work with supervision, training and consultation, and works as a volunteer counsellor at the Asylum-Seeker Resource Centre in West Melbourne. Venue MINDFUL Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health Building C, 50 Flemington Street, FLEMINGTON.

Please see directions and parking details on the registration form

Registration Form

Working with Refugee/Asylum Seeker Children and Families 21 May 2010 Session Time: 9.30 am 3.00 pm (registration from 9 am)

Registration Details: Registration is compulsory. Please complete details below Cost: $75.00 (gst free) payable prior to the day by cheque or credit card.

Venue: Mindful, Building C, 50 Flemington St, Flemington Vic 3031 Catering: Morning tea and a light lunch provided. Parking: No parking available on site

All day parking is available as follows:

Mooltan Street (no restrictions on a Friday), Cashmere St and other streets in this area (restrictions apply check parking signs). There is also a handy pedestrian access from 115-117 Mooltan St to the back gate of the Mindful building (Building C)

Please visit for a map of the area or further information contact Mindful mindful-info or 03 93710203


Socialist Alternative is hosting a very special public meeting dealing with the issues of
6:30pm Thursday 29th April
Trades Hall, Cnr Lygon and Victoria Sts, Carlton

This panel discussion will deal with the recent changes to government legislation towards Afghan and Tamil refugees: arguing that the Rudd government is continuing much of Howard’s policy towards refugees.


JEROME SMALL: a long time activist for refugee rights and a major figure in the Refugee Action Collective during the Howard era.

PAMELA CURR: prominent refugee advocate and current campaign co-ordinator for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

MADHUNI a Tamil activist


6:30pm Thursday 29th April
Trades Hall, Cnr Lygon and Victoria Sts, Carlton



Refugee Things are not always as they seem

On the 23rd April 2010, there was a story in the Daily Times Pakistan that 22,000 Afghan refugees had returned from Pakistan to Afghanistan under a UNHCR program of returning refugees.

Story here

In view of the current suspension of visa processing for the Afghan Refugees arriving by boat to Australia, I wrote to the journalist and asked him what ethnic groups these returning refugees came from .

Here is his answer

“I talked to a concerned official over the phone to ask her the question your have raised.
She told me that the Afghan refugees who voluntarily repatriated to their country were mostly Pashtoons and Tajiks.”

Almost 100% of asylum seekers from Afghanistan are Hazaras – a persecuted minority in Afghanistan targetted by both Pashtun and Taliban.

Pamela Curr

Take a Stand for Safety on Wed April 28th

Rights on Site]

Since the introduction of the Australian Building and Construction Commission in 2005, we have witnessed a massive increase in deaths and serious injuries in the construction industry.

The statistics tell us what so many families of construction workers know, from their first hand experience of suffering and loss.

The number of deaths in the construction industry have gone up.

From 3.14 per 100,000 workers in 2004, before the ABCC started, to 4.8 per 100,000 workers in 2007 and 4.27 in 2009.

That means a worker is killed each week. No fewer than 50 families have had a loved one taken away from them.

On International Workers’ Memorial Day, Wednesday 28th April we want you to remember our mates as well.

Construction workers will be rallying in your State to demand an end to the ABCC and its laws:

Sydney, New South Wales: 12:00pm Rally at Darling Harbour Memorial.

Brisbane, Queensland: 10:00am Rally at Roma Street Forum with unveiling of memorial. and respects paid to 12 Queensland workers killed in 2009 – 2010.

Adelaide, South Australia: 10:30am Memorial Service at St Stephen’s Church Wakefield Street, followed by a rally in Victoria Square, Adelaide, 12:00 pm

Melbourne, Victoria: 10:00am rally at Memorial Rock, Trades Hall, Lygon Street.

Perth, Western Australia: 10:30am Service at Solidarity Park. Perth Bell Tower tolls at 12:00 pm for each worker killed this year in WA.

Dave Noonan and the Rights on Site team

PS. Thanks to the thousands of you who took our survey. There’s still time to let us know your ideas to keep Ark out of prison. Take the survey here


Dave Noonan and the Rights on Site campaign team

Human Rights Framework Fails Aboriginal Rights

[Aboriginal News]


MEDIA STATEMENT from Les Malezer
23 April 2010

(*Issued at the UN Headquarters, New York, during the 9th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 19 – 30 April 2010)


We, the Indigenous Peoples Organisations of Australia, note the announcement this week by the Australian Government of a new human rights framework in Australia.

Therefore we use this occasion to stridently and unequivocally repeat our call on behalf of the Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples that the Australian Government reinstate immediately, and without any further procrastination, review or qualification, the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

We have already made this request formally this week at this United Nations* meeting in New York.

Until Australia unconditionally ends its officially authorized racial discrimination directed against our peoples, and until our peoples are provided with fair access to the law courts to remedy racial discrimination, Australia cannot truthfully claim to acknowledge and respect human rights.

We take note that the government, in announcing the human rights framework, no longer supports a Human Rights Bill for Australia.

That decision lacks strong leadership and is again a failure to regard all peoples of Australia as being equal.

It once again represents a breakdown at the highest level of responsibility and authority to address the injustices and
disadvantages experienced by the Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples since colonisation.

The absence of a Bill of Rights or any form of constitutional protection for the inherent rights of the first peoples remains as a deep stain upon the human rights reputation of Australia.

Our statement does acknowledge however that the human rights framework brings much needed structure to the promotion and protection of human rights.

We welcome the establishment of a joint parliamentary committee to examine human rights issues and to provide objective reports to the parliament.

This arrangement will increase the likelihood that the growing number of human rights reviews by the Australian Human Rights Commission and the United Nations will be given unprejudiced and balanced examination through transparent and accountable procedures.

We strongly support the greater commitment to human rights education of the Australian population, combined with the renewed commitment to meet international obligations under the major human rights treaties ratified by Australia.

These treaties represent the good intentions by Australia, since the end of World War 2, to construct an international framework for the protection of all peoples of the world, to end tyranny, to seek peaceful resolution of injustices and to end human suffering and inequality.

The commitment to these human rights treaties also brings inescapable attention to the treatment of the Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and we will be working to ensure that Australia’s obligations are being met under the new framework.

The Australian Government must also be congratulated for introducing ethical standards for public servants and officials to respect human rights standards and law in Australia, and for requiring compliance by Australian legislation with Australia’s obligations to promote and protect human rights.

While Government has taken the step to increase funding to the Australian Human Rights Commission and to non-government organisations for human rights education, we note that the extent of financial commitment is insufficient to achieve true success.

We call upon the government to significantly increase the budget for human rights education in Australia.

In conclusion we welcome this significant step forward in the promotion and protect of human rights in Australia, but express disappointment that the major goal of establishing a Bill of Rights has been abandoned.

And once again, we call upon the Australian Government to immediately reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act to demonstrate respect for the equality of Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia.


Contact: Les Malezer

On behalf of

National Native Title Council (NNTC)
Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action (FAIRA) New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC)
National Indigenous Higher Education Network (NIHEN)
Aboriginal Legal Service Western Australia (ALSWA)
Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM)
Bullana, The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Indigenous Peoples Organisation Network Youth Delegation

The Internationale

Arise! ye workers [starvelings], from your slumbers;
Arise! ye prisoners [criminals] of want.
For reason in revolt now thunders
And ends at last the age of cant.
Away with all your superstitions
Servile masses, arise! arise!
We’ll change henceforth [forthwith] the old tradition [conditions]
And spurn the dust to win the prize.
So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale
Unites the human race.
No saviour from on high delivers;
No faith have we in prince or peer.
Our own right hand the chains must shiver:
Chains of hatred, greed and fear.
E’er the thieves will out with their booty [give up their booty]
And give to all a happier lot.
Each at his forge must do his duty
And strike the iron while it’s hot!
The law oppresses us and tricks us,
The wage slave system drains our blood;
The rich are free from obligation,
The laws the poor delude.
Too long we’ve languished in subjection,
Equality has other laws;
“No rights,” says she “without their duties,
No claims on equals without cause.”
Behold them seated in their glory
The kings of mine and rail and soil!
What have you read in all their story,
But how they plundered toil?
Fruits of the workers’ toil are buried
In strongholds of the idle few
In working for their restitution
The men will only claim their due.
No more deluded by reaction
On tyrants only we’ll make war
The soldiers too will take strike action
They’ll break ranks and fight no more
And if those cannibals keep trying
To sacrifice us to their pride
They soon shall hear the bullets flying
We’ll shoot the Generals on Our Own Side.
We peasants, artisans, and others
Enrolled among the sons of toil,
Let’s claim the earth henceforth for brothers,
Drive the indolent from the soil!
On our Flesh too Long has fed the Raven;
We’ve too long been the vulture’s prey.
But now farewell the spirit craven:
The dawn brings in a brighter day.

Here’s a chord chart for The Internationale. I play it in DADGAD using D shapes, capoed at the 3rd fret, so it’s in the key of F.

Intro: D3 / A7 / | Gsus2 / / / | G3 / Gsus2 / | D5 / / / | x2


D / A7 / | Gsus2 / / / | A / / / | D / / / |

D / A7 / | Gsus2 / / / | A / / / | D / / / |

Gsus2 / A7 / | D / / / | Gsus2 / Em / | A7 / / / |

A7 / / / | D / / / | A7 / / / | A7 / / / |


D / / / | Gsus2 / / / | A7 / / / | D / / / |

D3 / A7 / | Gsus2 / A7 / | Em7 / / / | A7 / / / |

D / / / | Gsus2 / / / | A7 / / / | D / / / |

D / A7 / | Em7 / Gsus2 / | D / /A7 / | D / / / |

With the strings tuned DADGAD, the shapes required are:

D – 000200, D3 – 004200, D5 – 050200

A7 – X02002 or A7sus4 – X02000 or A5 – XO2202

Em7 – 222020 (barre the two lowest strings with 1st finger)

Gsus2 – 550000, G3 – X20020

You can also play it in Drop D tuning (DADGBE) or simply use standard tuning with a normal G instead of a Gsus2.

Up to you. DAGAD is the easiest option I think.

There’s a wee bass run I use in bar 3 of the intro. It sits in and around the two inversions of G I’ve indicated above, and you can see Alastair Hullett play it via the YouTube video link

Celebrate the International Day of the Workers

Celebrate the International Day of the Workers

Saturday 1st May

Paddington Workers Centre
2 Latrobe Tce, Paddington

5 pm Great food 6 pm Blackboard performances

7 pm guest artists Absolutely Scandalous Jumping Fences Phil Monsour Combined Unions Choir Sincopao Robbie Dunn

Come along and join in singing The Internationale and Solidarity Forever

Admission: $10 / $5 conc.
Fully licensed

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[Publishers Note: Below is a report from Ray Jackson, president of the Indigenous Social Justice Association and elder of the Wiradguri nation who sends out emails under the heading Aboriginal News. Further reports and a interview with Sam Watson from … Continue reading

May Day 2010

Phil Monsour Concert for Union Aid Abroad in Lebanon and Palestine

Phil Monsour News and Information
Phil Monsour News and Information

My trip to the Middle East with APHEDA was a challenging and interesting experience. I had a glimpse of the world that has inspired many of my songs in recent times. Thanks to everyone who generously supported my participation.

On this journey I met personally, many people in the humanitarian disasters that are the refugee camps of Lebanon. We visited the Pre School and Healthcare Centre that APHEDA supports in the Burj al Barajneh refugee camp in Beirut and I had the opportunity to sing the song we will go home at a concert there.

In Palestine we met with many ordinary people struggling with the harsh realities of the occupation and visited some of the projects we have supported with the fundraising concerts of the last few years. Unfortunately I did not make it into Gaza. Three of us on the delegation with Lebanese and Palestinian backgrounds were turned back at the Erez crossing.

I have collected many images and lots of video and the experience has resulted in many new songs.

On May 29ththere will be a fundraising concert and dinner for AHPEDAprojects in Lebanon and Palestine and DVD Launch at Kurilpa Hall in West End 6.30pm. (See below for details). I will be doing a set before dinner at which I will recount the trip with new images and stories, and new songs. The band will perform a full set after dinner. We will also be launching the DVD of a live concert that was filmed at a concert at AHIMSA House, that also includes a 30min documentary about the songs and issues.

Please support this important event and send the invitation to anyone you think will be interested.

If you wish to help with the organising of the event or help on the night please get in touch. All help is appreciated.

Other news
The 15 song DVD Live at AHIMSA House is now available on the website shop. Check out the doco and a couple of the clips on youtube

Other gigs
May 3rd MAY DAY March at the exhibition grounds 12 30pm with popproperly
Please friend my facebook page for regular updates.

The $30 CD pack of Lies and silence and the Empires new clothes is now available on the website.

Hope to see you if you can make it to the fundraiser. Please forward this to anyone who would be interested.

Thanks Phil

APHEDA Projects
Pre School Burj el Barajneh

Health Service Burj el Barajneh

Food security project in Gaza

Rehabilitation Hospital in Gaza

Food security project in Talkarem

Phil Monsour Recordings

The Empires new clothes
13 song CD
Recorded with the full band

Lies and Silence
12 song CD
Solo acoustic recordings

Live at Ahimsa House
15 song and Documentary

Smart bombs
7 song CD
Recorded with a full band

phil monsour may 29th


Climate Change: Is Nuclear Power the Solution?

Solidarity forum:

Climate Change:
Is Nuclear Power the Solution?

2pm, Saturday 17th April,
Justice Products (on the deck),
192 Boundary Street, West End

Nuclear power is being touted as a “clean” alternative to fossil fuels. Prominent climate scientists such as Tim Flannery and James Hansen see it as part of the solution while Barack Obama says it is necessary to “prevent the worst consequences of climate change”.

While the Rudd government has ruled out nuclear power in Australia, it does so on economic not environmental grounds and is deeply implicated in the global nuclear industry via its support for uranium mining and the construction of nuclear waste dumps. There remains a strong pro nuclear lobby in Australia with Labor’s Energy and Resources Minister, Martin Ferguson, saying it should part of the “debate”.

Is nuclear power, including 4th generation breeder reactors, a “clean” alternative to fossils fuels? This meeting takes a critical look and will be followed by discussion on fighting against climate change. All welcome.

For more information phone Mark on 3891 5385

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues coming soon

[Aboriginal News]

Hi Everyone

The ninth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues begins in New York next Monday. The session will convene for two weeks during the period of 19 to 30 April, 2010.

This session will have over 600 delegates from Indigenous Peoples around the world.

Over 40 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates from Australia will attend this session, and the Australian Government will include a delegation from FaHCSIA, along with the Indigenous Land Corporation and two Aboriginal youth delegates.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates have mostly already met together in Australia to discuss their issues, priorities and strategies and to prepare ‘interventions’ which will be presented during this session. This preparation, under the association known as the Indigenous Peoples Organisations (IPOs) of Australia, has been assisted by the Australian Human Rights Commission to ensure efficient and effective participation at the UN level.

Some delegations will attend the PFII session without participating in the IPO meetings but the convention has always been that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegations cooperate with each other through daily caucus meetings held each morning for the duration of the meeting.

Australia and New Zealand, and Hawaii are also represented in the Pacific Regional Caucus meetings of Indigenous Peoples, being one of seven regions of the world, and this also ensures that effective work is completed.

The theme for this session of the PFII is ‘Development with Culture and Identity’. This theme recognises that for Indigenous Peoples the future should ensure that values and cultures of the Indigenous Peoples are not lost, and that economic, social and cultural development of Indigenous Peoples is a matter for international concern and attention. Ownership and control of lands, territories and resources is a fundamental indicator of the wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples, along with use of traditional languages and cultural education of the generations.

I will be providing a daily report on the meeting, as best as possible in the busy circumstances to ensure that all communities are aware of the proceedings of the United Nations and how the rights of Indigenous Peoples are to be protected.

I attach for greater awareness, a list of the documents which have been prepared for the PFII Session. You might find one or two of these to be particularly interesting and, if so, you can download these documents for reading from the PFII website – .

I will also be sending from time to time our statements made to the PFII about situations in Australia, as well as globally.

Please feel free to contact me or others in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegation to seek more information or provide input to our work. I will respond as best as possible but understand that the days ahead will be extremely busy.

Here is a hint of interesting days ahead. Keep an eye open for the joint statement between our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegations and the Australian Government to the PFII. It will not be a perfect document, or may even be disappointing. However it will provide a common view of the positive achievements made under the theme of development with culture and identity, and the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


les malezer

PFII Documents.pdf

‘Radical Legend: Humphrey McQueen in Conversation’

Humphrey McQueen on this Sunday:   Writers’ Hub – UQ Centenary Celebration Day – The University of Queensland, Australia]

Sunday 18th April
UQ Fryer Library,
Level Four, Duhig Building (Building 2)
Sunday 12:00

12.00 – 12.30 Radical Legend
Humphrey McQueen In Conversation


Politics of Climate Change: Waleed Aly (4,050 words)

‘What’s Right? The Future of Conservatism in Australia’ by Waleed Aly Quarterly Essay 37, March 2010 The following extract is a very interesting and insightful discussion of the politics of climate change in Australia. You won’t find this extract on … Continue reading

“Your Legal Rights”: Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement’s quarterly newsletter

Dear all

ALRM’s quarterly newsletter magazine “Your Legal Rights”, Edition 21, March 2010, can be downloaded here.

In addition to the Reports by the Chairperson and CEO, following are the articles in this edition.

• Call for Applications for membership of the ALRM Board – Three members from the Nulla Wimila Kutju region; Three from the Wanga-Willurarra region;
• South Australia loses appeal against $775,000 payout to The late Bruce Trevorrow;
• Australia starting to Close the Gap ~ Tom Calma ~;
• Police start living in outback Aboriginal lands;
• The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and Special Measures By Christopher J Charles, General Counsel;
• Media Releases:

· Cricket Match in memory of The late Allan Wanganeen Sr.
· Potential South Australian Nuclear Tests Victims
• The Death of Mr Ward in Police Custody;
• Reflections on Summer School;
• Bridge the Gap initiatives – Higher education/Training leading to Employment, New opportunities;
• Various services by ALRM;
• Community Recognitions;
• Campaigns;
• List of the Donors for the Christmas 2009 presents to the Aboriginal children under the foster care of the AFSS;
• Community Events ~ staff news ~ farewell – welcome;
• Obituary, and
• Community Photos from various events.

Any suggestions/feed back will be taken as a productive suggestion.

(PS: To view our previous resourceful Newsletters, Annual Reports and Media Releases, please visit and click on the appropriate folder).

With kind regards,

Sapna Dogra
Information & Community Legal Education
Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc.
321 – 325 King William Street, Adelaide
Tel: 8113 3705, Fax: 8211 7618
Email: sapnad


“Now, the fellah, the unemployed man, the starving native, do not lay claim to the truth; they do not say they represent the truth, for they are the truth” — Franz Fanon ‘The Wretched of the Earth’ Brisbane Murris and … Continue reading

‘Vantage point ethics’ and ‘radical’ politics

A response to Labor 4A Just Palestine APHEDA Middle East trip final report

I have a difficulty with the slapping of labels like ‘radicals’ on Palestinians.

As Australians, we must:
A) rid ourselves of ‘vantage point’ ethics and
B) own up towards our own radicalism in creating the Palestinian problem.

A) ‘Vantage Point Ethics’ is to sit in safe, comfortable Australia (or America) and call some or all Palestinians ‘radical’.
The trouble with privileged, Vantage Point Ethics is that it is entirely hypothetical. It starts with: “If I were in your situation, I would not be a radical/I would seek a non-violent/democratic solution to my problems etc, etc…”

A 21st century Englishman or Australian pronouncing moral judgments on a person who stole a loaf of bread in Dickensian London is, in effect, saying: “If I was in your shoes, I would starve but not steal.” Do we have any way of knowing for sure whether we would?

True, I don’t strap on and then detonate a suicide bomb to redress my grievances. But then I am an Australian who tucks his children to sleep every night, secure in the knowledge that a bulldozer won’t tear his house down or a helicopter gunship blow his family up as it sleeps. My city builds a $2.2 billion tunnel so I can travel 6 km without having to bother about a single traffic light.

We must consider that Palestinians spend their entire day waiting at a series of checkpoints where foreigners point rifles at them and subject them to horrendous abuse and humiliation.

I don’t know my state of mind had I to endure that level of humiliation daily for 15 years or had I been shot at with/by live bullets, high-velocity bullets, dum-dum (mushrooming bullets), rubber-coated metal bullets, combat helicopters, tanks, missiles, tear gas and sniper with telescopic rifles (all internationally banned against civilians) each time I protested a land annexation or house demolition.

We have never faced such extreme oppression.

Would we have kept our sanity? Would we have become suicide bombers?

We can never know for sure. No Australian or American knows (even the modern day aboriginal or Red Indian doesn’t have to go through checkpoints).

So why are we so liberal with our judgments? The Israeli novelist David Grossman famously wrote in 2002: …”if you oppress a people for 35 years and humiliate its leaders, and harass its population, and do not give them a glimmer of hope, the members of this people will try to assert themselves in any way possible..”

The “If-I-was-a-Palestinian-I-would-not-become-a-suicide-bomber” statements have the same hypothetical validity/absurdity as the statement: “I would not, as a peasant in 1789, have stormed the Bastille,” or “I would not, as a worker in 1917, have taken up arms against the Tsarist regime.” Ditto with the apartheid regime at the height of apartheid. But that non-violence is precisely what is demanded of the Palestinians by many educated Australians including our Prime Minister and all his colleagues. The same, and often worse, was the case with the previous Liberal government. Whatever happened to our ‘fair-go’ Australian values and our Anzac fight against occupation?

We are not willing to accept that Palestinians, often in the prime of their lives, become suicide bombers out of a deep sense of desperation – desperation caused by a brutal and humiliating occupation which has deprived them of their humanity and any hope for a brighter future. That doesn’t mean anyone should support the killing of Israeli civilians or rejoice over their gruesome deaths as is implied.

Second, given the fact that conscripts make up most of the IDF, it is hard for a Palestinian to make the distinction between an Israeli soldier and civilian. The face of German occupation, for the Frenchman, was the German in combat uniform but not the German hausfrau or kinder who was back in Germany. Not so the Palestinian. His life is controlled and manipulated by the everyday Israeli, man, woman and, yes, child. The Israeli soldier – male and female, adult and teenager – who abuses a Palestinian at a West Bank checkpoint or fires a bullet at a protestor – is, after work, a ‘normal’ civilian walking the streets and frequenting the cafes. According to Avigail Abarbanel, children too indulge in a cruel game called “Palestinian spotting and tormenting’. She says she herself joined in it to be ‘one with the crowd’. Often the tormentors of the Palestinians are gun-toting ‘civilian’ settlers.

B) How would a Palestinian react to being called ‘radical’ by Australians whose government, under Doc Evatt, had robbed him of 78% of his land, supported the brutal occupation of the remainder, remained silent or voted/abstained against UN strictures on those who had committed war crime after war crime (Cast Lead being only the latest in an un-ending series) and enforced ten-year inhumane siege against his people?

Imagine a world conscience and legal system which was asleep right through the abduction, torture and enslavement of a girl and wide awake and crying “Foul!” only when she, in desperation, shot her abductor. Palestinians rightly believe the West has a conscience which operates selectively. Australia is facing a huge moral crisis – as great as when Gough Whitlam colluded with Indonesia in enslaving the East Timorese. We have to say enough is enough. We need fearless and humane voices like yours. I deeply and honestly admire your dedication and sense of justice. I hope and pray that your voice will be heard one day by our prime minister and the rank and file of your party.

Australia is otherwise a great country. We give so much to World Vision and other charities. What made us commit such a crime on a poor, defenceless community? I am sure this baffles and pains you as it does all of us. We need your help to get Canberra to end its role in this human tragedy.

Best regards and in solidarity
David Abuquerque

Alice Springs Convergence – 6 to 9 July 2010

[Aboriginal News]



Monday 12th April 2010

An historic nationwide gathering of Aboriginal peoples and supporters has been finalised for 6-9 July 2010 at the Alice Springs showgrounds

The Alice Springs convergence, supported by Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal peoples from across Australia, will call on the Rudd federal Labor government to immediately end the intervention and unconditionally re-instate the Racial Discrimination Act.

The continued suspension of the RDA with the full consent of the Rudd government allows for the contentious and racially discriminatory aspects of the NTER intervention to continue unabated.

Alyawarr spokesman Richard Downs and his people walked-off their community in protest in July 2009. They’re calling for all Australians to join together to rid Australia of racism and to ensure justice and equal recognition for Aboriginal peoples and the promotion of human rights for all.

“This is a struggle for our very survival as Aboriginal people” Mr Downs says.

“All control over our lives is being removed. The Communities Corporations and Associations built up over many years are being closed down, our infrastructure is being dismantled, our languages have been banned in schools and our law systems completely pushed aside. We’re back to where we were 40 years ago.”

Mr Downs says policies of assimilation have led to homelands being starved of jobs and resources, with Aboriginal people forced into towns as virtual refugees where they’re vulnerable to drugs and alcohol.

“The measures are now targeting other states – lands are being taken away, long term leases are being enforced, and the basic card is destroying our independence. It’s time to start fighting back to defend our rights our county and our culture. We are fighting for our future, and for our children’s future” he says.

“We welcome everyone, all our brothers and sisters, to come and stand with us for four days in July. Let’s send a clear message to the Rudd Labor Government and to all future government leaders that racism in all its forms will not be tolerated by Australian voters. We truly need to turn a new page in race relations in this country, end the intervention, and show respect to each other as human beings” Mr Downs says.

For further information please contact:

Alyawarr Spokesperson: Richard Downs Mobile: 0428 611 169. Email: Senior Pitjantjatjara Elder: Murray George Mobile: 0428 614 965 John Hartley, Yalanji: Mobile: 0424 943 990 Email:

Gillard targets parents

This is the Minister for Education Gillards Plan for the improving school communities.

The minister is also the Deputy PM of a government that had the overwhelming support of workers and their unions when we voted them in to kiss the Howard Liberal Government goodbye along with Workchoices.

Is this the government we expected to have or are we just getting more of the same?

As Gillard has said, If it looks like duck, quacks like a duck, waddles like a duck

Parents outraged by strike-breaker plan


April 12, 2010

THE NSW Parents and Citizens Association has expressed outrage at a plan by the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, to recruit parents as ”strike-breakers” to supervise this year’s national numeracy and literacy tests if the Australian Education Union votes today to boycott the tests.

However, the state Labor government has backed the plan and threatened to take the union to the Industrial Relations Commission should a strike go ahead.

”NSW would support any action taken by the federal government to ensure that the tests go ahead,” said Samantha Wills, a spokeswoman for the Education Minister, Verity Firth. ”But we would hope that teachers would do the right thing so we don’t have to bring in outside supervisors.

”Most teachers don’t support the ban and we would strongly encourage them not to take part.”

But lawyers warned that parents used as strike-breakers and asked to supervise tests could be legally liable if students were injured under their watch.

”There is the potential for legal liability issues that can mean parents are not indemnified for any actions they carry out while undertaking this role,” the chief executive of the Law Institute of Victoria, Michael Brett Young, said.

The Australian Education Union will meet today in Melbourne to vote on a ban on public teachers supervising the national tests.

The federal president of the union, Angelo Gavrielatos, would not speculate on the likelihood of a strike going ahead, but said the union had ”made it very clear that unless measures were introduced to stop the misuse of student data and the further creation of league tables, we could not and would not co-operate on the administration of the test.”

Ms Gillard’s announcement that the government would recruit parents was ”highly regrettable”. ”’It is counterproductive attempting to pit parents against schools,” he said.

”Bottom line, if the government fails to act to protect students, we will.”

Ms Gillard told ABC TV’s Insiders yesterday that recruiting parents was part of the government’s contingency plans.

”I’m asking parents, if we need them, to consider working with us to make sure that the tests continue to run out this year,” Ms Gillard said. ”Parents have literally voted with their fingertips in extraordinary numbers because they want this information.”

Yet polling released yesterday by the teachers’ union showed that 54 per cent of parents of public school children support action by teachers to stop the national tests, while 85 per cent say Ms Gillard should meet with the union to avoid the strike.

The president of the NSW Parents and Citizens Association, Dianne Giblin, said the organisation was ”outraged” by the proposal, and that it was not the responsibility of parents to supervise the exams.

”Such action can only lead to the driving of a wedge between the key partners in a child’s formal educational experience, the parent and the teacher,” she said.

The NSW Greens MP who drafted the legislation backed by the NSW Liberals to prevent the publication of league tables, John Kaye, said: ”It is extraordinary that a Labor Deputy Prime Minister is resorting to scab labour to stymie industrial action by teachers. Julia Gillard’s My School website has already divided parents and teachers, and now she’s turning parents into strike breakers. It’s not worth it. The NAPLAN test is not that good.”

Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are due to take the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy tests from May 11-13.

To supervise, parents would have to participate in criminal checks and undergo training. A spokesman from Ms Gillard’s office yesterday said training would be a matter for the states.

The Independent Education Union has indicated private and Catholic school teachers will not support the ban.