Daily Archives: April 30, 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

Email: marya.mcdonald@aph.gov.au


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

www.foconuevo.org.au email