Monthly Archives: August 2010

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Important notice Public Rally Outside Brisbane Magistrates Court 9am Tuesday 7th of September 2010. Call for Equal Justice N.S.I $80 Million Grand Sand Theft North Stradbroke Island Sandmining Company Unimin will appear at Brisbane Magistrates court on Tuesday the 7th … Continue reading

Aboriginal Rights Coalition Meeting THIS THURSDAY 6.30PM,TLC Bldg

Hi Everyone,

Their will be an ARC meeting this Thursday @ 6.30pm,Trades Labour Council bldg, 16 Peel St, South Brisbane,. Now that we have information on the National Day of Action around ‘Jobs With Justice’ we have a great chance to network more with the Unions, and push on some of the initiatives coming out of the ‘Defending Indigenous Rights’ convergence.

A quick update, Aboriginal rights work is coming along in leaps and bounds on the university campuses.

Since our last meeting, we’ve had regular meetings of the UQ Aboriginal Rights Working Group which has put on two events and has a film screening this Thursday.

As well as this, a QUT group is in the process of forming.

Other great news, since returning from the ‘Defending Indigenous Rights’ convergence, over 100 people have seen the reportback from the Justice Ride participants in Brisbane.

Let’s keep building the struggle against the racist Intervention and for Aboriginal rights.

Hope to see you on Thursday.

Red Thread (Ideology) Reading Group – The Frankfurt School

Hi to all

Here are the details of the next Red Thread reading group meeting at the Lebanese café near the corner of Boundary and Vulture Sts, West End on this coming Sunday, the 5th of September 2010 at 12 noon.

Hey all,

Please find below the readings for next weeks Ideology Reading Group, at the usual time and place of 12pm at the Lebanese Cafe, West End.

This round of readings concerns the Frankfurt School, and particularly their debates over the Marxist interpretation of ‘culture’. A few readings are listed below, though they are just suggestions, and in no set order.

Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer – The Culture Industry http://marxists.org/reference/archive/adorno/1944/culture-industry.htm

Walter Benjamin – The work of art in the age of Mechanical Reproduction http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/ge/benjamin.htm

Theodor Adorno – The Culture Industry Reconsidered
http://www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/DATABASES/SWA/Culture_industry_reconsidered.shtml

Cheers, and hope to see everyone there

Jon Piccini
PhD Student
History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics
The University of Queensland
Room 726, Michie Building (9)
jon.piccini@uqconnect.edu.au

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The town that was murdered

This gallery contains 2 photos.

Introduction The capitalists are murdering towns, suburbs, farms, rivers and seas. They are killing people in wars and through environmental destruction. Against all criteria governments’ state of the environment reports declare that the natural world is losing in the war … Continue reading

Forum in Brisbane: Eyewitness to Israel’s murder on the Gaza flotilla

Justice for Palestine Brisbane presents a fundraiser for Gaza

Eyewitness to Israel’s murder on the Gaza flotilla

Ahmed Talib was on the Mavi Marmara flotilla in June which attempted to break Israel’s siege on Gaza and deliver much needed aid to the province. Israeli commandos swept onto the boat, killed 9 activists and shot Ahmed. He and fellow flotilla participant Jerry Campbell will be talking about their experiences on the flotilla and how you can support the Palestinian cause. Donations will be taken and money raised will go toward the next flotilla.

Ahmed and Jerry will speak at:

12 noon Wednesday September 22nd

Room 342, Building 67, UQ St Lucia Campus

and

6:30pm Wednesday September 22nd

TLC building, 16 Peel st, South Brisbane

www.justiceforpalestinebrisbane.org

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From Dear SIMO members and friends We must let the State government know urgently there is wide support for national park on North Stradbroke Island and for ending mining. If you have already sent in a submission, we’re asking you … Continue reading

Nursing homes a ‘living hell’

May 30, 2010

ELDERLY patients in nursing homes are being fed cold and inedible food, left sitting in urine and faeces and subjected to cruel and at times inhumane treatment from overworked and underresourced carers.

http://www.news.com.au/national/unfed-and-unwashed-nursing-home-residents-living-in-hell/story-e6frfkvr-1225872968031

(Thanks Marcial)

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The Committee also recommends that the State party provide the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples with the adequate resources to become fully operational by January 2011 and support its development… It encourages the State party to adopt a justice … Continue reading

The Best Hated Man in Australia

‘In life, as in the manner of death, Brookfield made personal sacrifice the measure of his political commitment. Morally and physically fearless, his probity withstood parliament.  Paul Adams has given us a biography as thoroughly gripping as it is thoroughly researched. Inspiration floods from its pages’ — Humphrey McQueen

I attended the Canberra launch of ‘The Best Hated Man in Australia – The Life and Death of Percy Brookfield’ 1875 – 192 by Paul Robert Adams.

Brookfield was an inspiring left labour NSW MP a conviction politician.

The Best Hated Man in Australia — The Life and Death of Percy Brookfield 1875 – 1921’ by Paul Robert Adams

http://thebesthatedman.com/

http://thebesthatedman.com/Order.pdf

Speech by Humphrey McQueen at launch of Paul Robert Adams’s ‘The best hated man in Australia’, The Life and Death of Percy Brookfield 1875-1921 (Puncher & Wattmann), held at the Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Australian National University on 25 August 2010.

Humphrey McQueen speaks at launch

The best hated man in Australia’ What a title! What an ambition! Certainly not one to cross the mind of candidates promoting themselves for public office these days. The contestants in the recent reality electoral show reminded me of the line in Arthur Miller’s The death of a salesman, where the protagonist explains that one of his co-workers was ‘liked, but he wasn’t well liked’. We are left to presume that he had not absorbed Dale Carnegie’s How to win friends and influence people.

‘Hated’, of course, is a relative term – hated by whom? In Brookfield’s case, it was by the most hateful and hate-filled elements in the country – the Empire patriots and grinders of the faces of the poor, abetted by Labor rats such as Billie Hughes, whom Brookfield went to gaol for identifying as ‘a viper, traitor and skunk’. Of course, to Brookfield’s own community at Broken Hill, and throughout the working class, Brookie was among the best loved.

Unwelcome is the only way to describe my feelings when the Brookfield typescript arrived for me to pen a few words for the back cover. I had just plunged into the final rewrite of my history of the BLF and was not answering the phone. But I held Percy in high regard and respected the person who asked me on behalf of the author whom I met for the first time this afternoon. Well, I thought, I don’t have to even glance at the first page to concoct an endorsement. Plenty of reviews are written that way and the authors are often better served than if their books had been studied with care. But curiosity got the better of me and I began to read only to find myself gripped and inspired. Since then I have done as much as I can to promote Paul’s book.

The politics of doing so became clearer when the elections ended in what of the press gallery in its collective ignorance dubbed the first hung parliament since 1940. Making that claim was possible because the journalists lacked all sense of the context and the dynamics at work seventy years ago. They saw two stray bits of information and, by rubbing them together, thought that they had achieved an insight into history when all they had done was to expose their subservience to the lobotomized mentality that Marx and Engels called parliamentary cretinism. Parliamentary cretinism is not a statement about the intellectual capacity of the representatives beyond observing that they suffer from the delusion that their deliberations determine social reality. During his five years in parliament, Brookfield displayed not one iota of that malaise.

It also goes without saying that the Canberra hacks had never heard of Brookfield or that he did held the balance of power in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly after the 1920 poll. At the time, the Labor caucus was as desperate for office as Killard & Co. Premier John Storey was a labor man, unlike the current crew, and perhaps felt at ease with conceding improvements in the health and safety of Broken Hill miners and appointing a Royal Commission to facilitate the release of the IWW Twelve, convicted of arson. Today, Killard is preparing to diminish protection for workers through her ‘harmonisation’ of OH&S laws across the economy, and continues to back the anti-terror regime that merits investigation by a Peoples Commission.

Of the many differences between 1920 and 2010, none is greater than that of the political cultures. That Brookfield is unknown to many on the Left is one sign of our times. Similarly, the fact that miners in the Hunter Valley have not destroyed the RTA sign that points to a ‘Rothbury Riot Memorial’ – which by rights should read ‘Police Riot Memorial – is another’. The willingness of Dr Evatt to take up the case against banning the Communist Party in 1950, when he had only 12 percent support in the polls, before winning 51 percent to defeat the Act at the Referendum in September 1951, is so remote from the focus group agenda as to make one’s head spin.

The duty of Labour History Societies is to make these stories public knowledge. We do not exist to advance careers in academe or to amuse antiquarians. The hospitality shown by Maggie and the Butlin Archives in providing the venue to launch Paul’s book is a measure of why the battle to save the union records housed here was worth fighting and winning. Kim Sattler’s hopes for a Museum of Labour in Canberra expresses the conviction that there is story to be told and one which is fading.

Useful as Paul’s book, the Archives and a Museum are in keeping the flame alive, they are as nothing against the avalanche of capitalist propaganda in the commercial mass media, whether as advertising, reality games or mayhem as entertainment, while the ‘News’ is not so much biased as vacuous. Brookfield earned an elegy from Mary Gilmore but where are the novels, the theatre pieces, feature films, documentaries and television series built around the struggles at Broken Hill? Their absence is partly a question of class power and partly one of cultural imperialism. Swedes or Italians have done better. Now, Paul’s book gives a chance to sell the screen rights.

The difference that a popular proletarian culture makes is obvious as you walk around Broken Hill. Reading Dale’s Industrial History gave me a taste. In 1972, one of my students did his research project on the 1919-20 lockout to help him understand why his grandparents still kept a larder full of tinned food – just in case, they always told him. A visit there in 2008 enriched this understanding. The Barrier Daily Truth, which is still owned by the unions, published extracts from a speech by Fidel on the world economic crisis and a feature exposing limitations on the right to remain silence proposed for the Queensland criminal code – an assault on civil liberties about which few of my Brisbane friends had heard. Most of the parks are named for union officials. The Social Democratic Club flourishes – though the distance between its politics and current marketing is apparent in the Lonely Planet Guide which writes of the Social and Democratic Club. And then there is the monument to Brookfield. Think for but a second what a difference to our polity a nation-wide culture with these qualities would made.

A visit to the cemetery to pay respects to the great man brings us to the manner of Brookfield’s death. Was he assassinated? Paul makes it clear that that was highly unlikely. Above all, Brookfield went after the gunman to prevent his killing women and children on the railway platform. As Mary Gilmore put it, ‘Brookfield died for his people’. What we can be certain about is that the people who hated him are more than capable of any crime. How many thousands of miners died so that BHP could prosper, although we must never forget that killing is not murder when done for profit. Far greater proofs of the evil capacities of Brookfield’s enemies are in the millions slaughtered in the sordid trade war that he opposed. By late 1917, the leaders of Western Civilisation had drawn up a ledger showing the birthrates of both sides. The bookkeepers of mass murder calculated that if they could keep the war going till 1921 the British and their allies would win because they would overwhelm the German side. Plotting the assassination of one troublesome unionist would have been child’s play to these monsters. The 1948 bashing of Communist parliamentarian Fred Paterson by the Queensland police is a further reminder to watch your back.

In honouring Brookfield, we are honouring his type. No doubt he was special, the more so because the times demanded it of someone who had passed his first thirty-five in obscurity, coming to prominence with the victory for the 44-hour week during 1916. We all know his like. Labour history is full of them. For instance, a Mr Simpson came from the navvies on the railline to the Murray in 1860 to tell the crooked contractor that the men would not negotiate. In 1897, the leader of thePerth labourers in the strike for ten shillings a day was Bill Mellor, who in Melbourne and Sydney had led teams to evict bailiffs and repossess sewing-machines from their repossessors. After he fell to his death in June, his comrades back East recalled that he had been the sworn foe to the tricksters and trimmers, and politicians, who would make the labour movement subservient to their own selfishness and ambitions. He was a giant in the socialist fight; and, though we full recognise that no individual is indispensable to the movement, he was one whose loss we could ill afford. He was faithful, brave, and true I the fight. He was a man. And now he is dead.

This could have been in the obituary for Brookie, and the multitude of nameless others needed to raise the flag of stars.

Invaluable as the remembrance of Brookfield is to the movement in 2010, we have to find comparable figures to appeal to the sixty percent of union members who are women. The cultural shift required in labour thinking to match that statistic has hardly begun.

This afternoon, the honour is to Percy, who had no thought of self, certainly no expectation of retiring to a seat on the board of the Macquarie Bank. Honour also to Paul Adams for completing the story in words and images. As I launch The best hated man in Australia, your job is to keep it afloat, the sail it into bookshops and libraries so that its message can inspire even more thousands than he did in death as well as in life.

Book review by Chris White

During our tweedledum-dee election I read the biography of Percy Brookfield – a conviction left labour politician.

Historian Dr Paul Robert Adams takes us through Brookfield’s exciting story – the events when a radical unionist becomes a politician and keeps and fights for left principles, ’the greatest champion that the people ever had.’

Not many unionists today know of him. I was in Adelaide having a cup of tea with 90 year old AWU union militant Jim Doyle. He of course had not only studied this labour legend, but at one time his task was to look after the gravesite.

Nobody elected into the NSW Parliament today is like ‘Jack’ Brookfield MP from Broken Hill.  At his funeral 15,000 marched and sang ‘The Red Flag’.

Brookfield’s militant stand and his unrelenting political radicalism is revealing and refreshing.

He was notorious for his combative criticisms of ruling class employers and politicians. Today’s unionists and ALP MPs are just far too timid.

The media and right-wing politicians attacked him for his stances, such as, ‘not to fight for the British flag as long as they were making profits out of the war’.

He was hailed as the most extreme anti-politician ever to be elected.

He delivered reforms for workers. He became politically more popular nationally with radical speeches at mass meetings.

Adams takes us through Brookfield’s story starting as a key organiser in the great strikes on working conditions and shorter hours for underground mining in Broken Hill. ‘If you want the 44 hour week, TAKE IT.’

We are engaged in the struggles to prevent and then compensate for the industrial diseases and campaigned tirelessly winning Occupational Health and Safety and Workers Compensation reforms.

Before, during WW1 and the years that followed saw radical labour movement battles and unprecedented political turmoil.

Brookfield supported the 1917 NSW General Strike. We are taken through the 1919 Great Miners Strike/Lockout.

Brookfield was a supporter of the OBU, One Big Union.

He on principle campaigned successfully over many years to free the ‘IWW Twelve’ from their trumped up police convictions to burn down Sydney. He supported many left activists persecuted by the government’s ‘anti-terrorist’ laws of those days.

Governments prosecuted him.  He was jailed for his principled anti-war speeches against the viper – PM Hughes.

His powerful leadership against conscription contributed to the success of the NO referendums.

A socialist not a communist, he learnt about and supported the new Bolshevik revolution and their supporters.

He always spoke the truth as he saw it. ‘Ironically, while he was an extremist, he was able to put his opinions in a way that drew people to him rather than driving them away.’

Adams recounts the left labour movement struggles with the colorful leaders like Brookfield and their battles with right-wing enemies, the NSW ALP. In Parliament Brookfield was tenacious and outspoken for his left causes.

Brookfield later joined the split from the NSW Right ALP to form the Industrial Socialist Labor Party and was reelected and held the balance of power in the NSW hung parliament.

The reader knows in advance that Brookfield was then fatally shot at Riverton in South Australia.

Was his shooting an assassination? Adams takes us through the events.

Although these are different times, our unstable capitalist contradictions and the environmental crisis invite militant left convictions and organising.

Left activists struggling against powerful corporations, right-wing forces and their political representatives are invigorated by this history.

I agree with Humphrey McQueen’s comments and other reviews.

‘In life, as in the manner of death, Brookfield made personal sacrifice the measure of his political commitment. Morally and physically fearless, his probity withstood parliament.  Paul Adams has given us a biography as thoroughly gripping as it is thoroughly researched. Inspiration floods from its pages’.

Please inform bookshops and libraries and union resources.

Dr Paul Robert Adams was born in Broken Hill. He holds a PhD from The University of Sydney and currently teaches media at The University of New England.

(Puncher & Wattmann 2010) httw://www.puncherandwattmann.com

Chris White, former Secretary UTLC of SA, posts on his blog http://chriswhiteonline.org

http://chriswhiteonline.org

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Foco Nuevo in September

This month Foco Nuevo goes acoustic – with a special night of cameo performances by a great line up of local singer songwriters – Phil Monsour, Lonnie Martin and Dave, Muddy Tutu, Glenys Anderson and Chris Jack and Mama Juju.

Mama Juju: jazz/blues influenced duo featuring Julie Minto on harmonica and big bluesy vocals and Sugar Cane Slim on guitar- Funny, irreverent and heart searching songs of love, pain, and the whole damn thing. [website].

Phil Monsour is an Australian troubadour who sings songs of hope, humanity, invasion and occupations. He is a committed independent singer/songwriter with a history of producing music that travels beyond the mainstream to explore complex issues of identity, solidarity and politics [website].

Lonnie Martin and Dave Hughes: From country pubs to open fields and festival tents, their raised voices ring in close harmony reminiscent of the great names of the English folk revival. Combining a love of voice with an appreciation of modern and traditional folk, Lonnie and Dave have audiences laughing and crying in between singing along to their beautifully crafted arrangements [website].

Muddy Tutu is Helen Cartan, Kath Lloyd and Christine Grodd. They began singing together in the vocal ensemble “The Esplanados”, and have performed separately in ensembles: Marmalady, Mambo Jambo and A Love Supreme. With and without acoustic accompaniment they weave their voices to create an eclectic mix of original songs.

Glenys Anderson and Chris Jack: Glenys Anderson began writing songs twelve years ago. Since then she has won with a number of songwriting awards including the prestigious Music Oz Top Five and Top Ten. Last year she achieved number eight and eleven in the Australian Songwriters Awards.

Jumping Fences the song-writing partnership of Lachlan Hurse and Sue Monk, will be playing their energetic mix of original and Latin American songs, and in the spirit of the night, playing as a duo. Their songs extend the folk tradition, and give new insights into contemporary life. [website]

hope to see you on the night

Lachlan and Sue

MAMA JUJU

PHIL MONSOUR

LONNIE MARTIN and DAVE HUGHES

MUDDY TUTU

GLENYS ANDERSON and CHRIS JACK

JUMPING FENCES

Friday Sept 3

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.

BYO

web http://www.foconuevo.org.au

email

Lachlan

Sue

Australian BDS Conference: Initial agenda and speakers information

Building Solidarity, Combating Occupation and Apartheid

National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference

Melbourne, 29 – 31 October 2010

– activism in support of Palestine –

Dear friends and supporters,

We are very excited to make available the initial draft of the agenda for the upcoming National Australian BDS Conference in Melbourne.

In addition we are pleased to announce that the conference has been formally endorsed by the BDS National Committee (BNC) in Palestine and that our key note speaker for the conference will be Ms Rafeef Ziadah, a member of the steering committee of the BNC.

Rafeef is a Palestinian activist, unionist, academic and spoken word artist. She is a founding member of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) promoting the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in Canada, an organizer of the international Israeli Apartheid Week and a member of steering committee of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC). Rafeef is also an active unionist – she is a member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees and was a member of the CUPE’s international solidarity committee for 3 years.

Rafeef will speak at the Friday night launch of the conference as well as the session on international solidarity work with Samah Sabawi drawing out the lessons of both international solidarity campaign in support of the Palestinian people and the Canadian BDS campaign experience.

GENERAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION:

We will launch the conference with a Public Meeting in the city on Friday night. Conference sessions on Saturday and Sunday, along with the Concert for Palestine, will be held at the Maritime Union of Australia Hall at 54 Ireland St in Melbourne West on Saturday and Sunday.

As you will see we have attempted to keep the registration costs for the conference low to encourage supporters and friends from interstate to travel to Melbourne for the conference. We would like to encourage you to pre-register for the conference and pre-pay via electronic deposit. However, you will also able to register and pay at the conference.

We, unfortunately, cannot arrange accommodation for conference attendees, but we will make available in the coming weeks a list of accommodation options in Melbourne (ranging from budget to middle range).

At the conference, we will make available inexpensive lunches and snacks throughout the day

CONFERENCE CONCERT AND FUNDRAISER

We are also excited to announce on Saturday night there will be a “Concert for Palestine and Dinner” ($25/$20). The Concert has a fantastic lineup and includes: Fear of a Brown Planet, The Brothahood, The Conch, Phil Monsour Band and Rafeef Ziadah. On the night there will be Middle East Food available and drinks.

CONFERENCE ORGANISATION DONATIONS:

As our friends and supporters know, organising a conference takes time and money. As a result, we are appealing to friends and supporters to consider making also a donation towards conference organisation costs. Whether it is a big or small amount, it all makes a difference. Please consider if you can donate $10 or $20 or $50 or more to the organising of Australia’s first national BDS conference. Donations can be deposited in bank account listed above.

BSB: 063 262 Account number: 1052 9148 Please tag deposit with “BDS”

Finally, thank you to all of the individuals and groups who have endorsed the conference. We are excited about the conference and the positive responses we have received regarding the initiative and we look forward to seeing you all in October.

In solidarity,

Kim

For the Conference organising committee.

SPEAKERS AND INITIAL CONFERENCE AGENDA

Building Solidarity, Combating Occupation and Apartheid

National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference

Melbourne, 29 – 31 October 2010

– activism in support of Palestine –

Endorsed by the Palestinian BDS National Committee

Our confirmed speakers so far include:

Rafeef Ziadah

Rafeef is a Palestinian activist, unionist and spoken word artist. She is a member of the steering committee of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC). Rafeef is also a founding member of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) promoting the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestement and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in Canada and is an organizer of the international Israeli Apartheid Week. Rafeef is an activist unionist and is a member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees and was a member of the CUPE’s international solidarity committee for 3 years

Samah Sabawi

Samah is an Australian-Palestinian writer and social justice activist. She is co-author of Journey to Peace in Palestine and a former executive director of the National Council on Canada Arab Relations.

Alex Whisson

Alex is a long time Palestine solidarity activist. He is the former convenor of Friends of Palestine in Western Australia and is currently the Public Advocate for Australians for Palestine in Melbourne

Yousef Alreemawi

Yousef is a Palestinian academic and advocate for Palestinian and refugee rights. Yousef also presents Palestine Remembered, Australia’s only English language program on Palestine, on Radio 3CR. He is also the founder of ASPIRE – the Australian Society for Palestinian Iraqi Refugees Emergency – an humanitarian project which seeks to resettle in Australia, Palestinian-Iraqi refugees living in refugee camps on the Iraq/Syrian border.

Kim Sattler

Kim is a long-time unionist, who was active in the South African anti-apartheid campaign. Kim is currently the Secretary of Unions ACT in Canberra. Kim has recently returned from Palestine, where she participated in the Union Aid Abroad APHEDA Middle East Study Tour 2010

Ginny Adams

Ginny is an organiser with the Health and Community Sector Union. Ginny has been active in the Palestinian and refugee rights campaigns for more than 10 years. She recently returned from Palestine, where she participated in the Union Aid Abroad APHEDA Middle East Study Tour 2010

Ken Davis

Ken is a long-time unionist and social justice campaigner. He is a member of the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine in Sydney.

INITIAL CONFERENCE AGENDA

Conference Registration: All weekend $30/22 (incl: Conference launch meeting) Daily $15/$10 Conference Launch meeting $5

Conference registration: email ausbds

FRIDAY – 29th October
TIME PUBLIC MEETING – LAUNCH SPEAKERS
7pm – International Boycott campaign and the struggle for a Free Palestine Kim Sattler (Secretary, Unions ACT)

Rafeef Ziadah (Palestinian BNC)

Yousef Al Reemawi (Palestinian academic)

SATURDAY – 30th October
TIME SESSION SPEAKERS
9am Welcome/Opening Conference Organising Committee
9.15am – 10.30am Taking it to the streets: a short history of civil disobedience movements for boycott, divestment sanctions Alex Whisson – Australians for Palestine

Julia Terreu – Action for Palestine

10.30-11am Break
11am – 12.30pm Struggle and Solidarity: Lessons from Palestine Solidarity work internationally Samah Sabawi – Palestinian writer/former Executive Director of National Council on Canada Arab Relations

Rafeef Ziadah – Palestinian BNC

12.30pm-1.15pm Lunch
1.15pm – 2.15pm National Targets Proposals Conference organising committee
2.15pm – 3.45pm Discussion of proposed National Targets Break into sectoral groups – Unions Campus/Faith based/ Community/Culture
3.45pm – 4.15pm Break
4.15pm – 5.30pm Education Workshops Workshops to be confirmed
6.30pm – midnight CONCERT FOR PALESTINE AND DINNER Featuring: Fear of a Brown Planet, The Brothahood, The Conch, Phil Monsour Band and Rafeef Ziadah $25/$20
SUNDAY 31st OCTOBER
TIME SESSION SPEAKERS
9.30pm – 10.45am Apartheid: South Africa, Israel and international law. Ken Davis – Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine

Ginny Adams – union organiser

10.45am- 11.15am Break
11.15am-12.15pm Discussion of proposed National Targets Continued solidarity sector discussion from the day before
12.15pm 1pm lunch
1pm – 2.15pm Hasbara busting: Countering Israel’s propaganda war and attempts to delegitimise BDS. Samah Sawbawi – Palestinian writer/former Executive Director of National Council on Canada Arab Relations

Kim Bullimore – International Women’s Peace Service-Palestine

2.15 –2.45 pm Break
2.45 pm – 4.30pm Decision on National BDS target
4.30pm – 5pm Closing of conference

Building Solidarity, Combating Occupation and Apartheid

National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference

Melbourne, 29 – 31 October 2010

– activism in support of Palestine –

Endorsed by the Palestinian BDS National Committee

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

Please email completed registration form to: ausbds

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The What Now After This? — reflection on the election meeting of the 17 Group. Discussion on the present and future of politics in Australia led by a panel of three (Drew Hutton, Sam Watson and Tony Reeves) from Green, … Continue reading

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Greens promise to stop sand mining on Straddie

Will the Greens  stop sand mining on Straddie and restore the land to the Quandamooka people? During the federal election campaign Larissa Waters (elected as a QLD Senator) promised to stop the state government from allowing sand mining on North … Continue reading

“Celebrating 30 Years of Anti-Nuclear Resistance”

Hi Folks,

As we approach the 30th. anniversary of the first Plowshares action, there are gatheinrgs planned in the U.S. and England to mark the occasion.

The folks at Nuclear Resister have put the following slideshow/soundtrack together to mark the 30th. anniversary of the Plowshares movement, Nukewatch and Nuclear Resister. It is a very inspiring and uplifting presentation. Makes ya wanna get off the bench and back into the fray…….

Music & Slideshow – “Celebrating 30 Years of Anti-Nuclear Resistance” (18 minutes)

http://vimeo.com/14103255

Ciaron O’Reilly

Journeys to Palestine – Phil Monsour in Concert

Time
26 September · 14:00 – 18:00

Location Herb Greedy Hall

79 Petersham Road
Sydney, Australia

Created by:

More info Phil Monsour recently returned from Palestine and Lebanon will recount his experiences with new songs, and images taken during the APHEDA Middle East Study tour. Includes the screening of the Inka Stafrace film Hope in a Slingshot, the film the ABC fears to screen. Entry by donation RSVP journeysrsvp@gmail.com Proceeds to Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA and CJPP.
http://www.philmonsour.com/shows.html
Journeys to Palestine – Phil Monsour Concert

Greens beat Labor in remote Central Australia

Dear all,

Below is a media release from the NT Greens about the clear vote against the NTER in Central Australia.

Sorry if there was confusion from my previous email which ended up being circulated quite widely. This does NOT mean that the Greens have
won the seat of Lingiari. Votes from Aboriginal communities in Central Australia constitute less than 15% of the Lingiari vote.

Crucially, this is the region where Barb has played a prominent leadership role in a grass-roots campaign against the Intervention and
has built up a profile and support networks on this basis over the past 3 years. The Greens backed Barb and her stance, making the
election essentially a referendum on the Intervention in these communities.

In the town of Alice Springs, Barb also did well, polling 22% at the Alice Springs Civic Centre and consistently above 14% across the town.

Results across the whole of Lingiari included in the release.

In solidarity,
Paddy

Media Release
24/10/210
Greens beat Labor in remote Central Australia

Greens candidates for both Lingiari and the Senate have clearly outpolled Labor in remote Central Australian communities this
election, in a shock swing that condemns the NT Intervention.

A tally of all remote teams south of Tennant Creek shows that for the seat of Lingiari, Greens candidate Barbara Shaw received 905 votes to
Warren Snowdon’s 840. In the Senate Warren H Williams received 998 votes to Labor’s 941. See below for a summary of remote and mobile
Central Australian polling team results.

In the 2007 election, the Greens did not poll above 4 per cent in the House of Reps across any of these remote regions. In some cases,
swings to the Greens have been greater than 40 per cent. While Warren Snowdon has retained his seat, across Lingiari, the primary vote swing against Labor was 13.3%. Following distribution of preferences, Minister Snowdon is facing a 6.7% swing, meaning his once safe seat is now be considered marginal.

“These results show a deep hostility to the NT Intervention, the Shire takeover and nuclear projects planned for Aboriginal land. They
reflect support for the campaigns demanding an end to the Intervention and investment in jobs, services and community development which the
Greens have vocally supported”, said Barbara Shaw, Greens candidate for Lingiari.

“These communities have been betrayed by Warren Snowdon. In 2007 he received 90 per cent of the remote vote, as people reeled from
Howard’s Intervention and responded to Snowdon’s promise to defend the Community Development Employment Program (CDEP)”, continued Ms Shaw.
“But Labor has made things worse. We have lost thousands of jobs as the old CDEP closes down. Snowdon’s new CDEP is forcing people to work
for the BasicsCard. We are struggling for our survival, as both federal and NT Labor governments withdraw resources from the smaller
communities they’ve deemed ‘unviable'”.

“Aboriginal people have told the Labor government time and time again we want the Intervention to stop. Struggling people need support not
punishment. But Labor are wasting another $350 million of taxpayers money on the expansion of Income Management across the NT, when it
could be invested in creating real jobs and social services. The roll out of the Income Management changes must stop”.
“The Labor government has tried to whitewash the outcome ofconsultations with Aboriginal people in remote communities over the
Intervention. We have called for change at every opportunity, but we have been ignored. With these results, Minister Snowdon must listen to
the remote voters of the NT or risk losing his seat at the next election”.

“People living in Prescribed Areas in the NT have spoken out clearly this election. With nine Greens Senators in parliament and a lower
house seat, our message will now carry down to Canberra. We are more inspired than ever to build a grass-roots movement opposing the
Intervention, that no government or Minister can ignore”, concluded Ms Shaw.

For comment contact: Jess Abrahams 0407 043 457

Amnesty International Refugee Forum Saturday 28 August 2010

Thinking again about asylum seekers in Australia: a discussion

Do you have questions about asylum seekers?

The treatment of asylum seekers in Australia is a hot topic at present.

Many Australians are concerned about asylum seekers who arrive by boat. Come to the forum and have your questions answered by a diverse panel, including:

• Sonia Caton, member of the Refugee Council of Australia and human rights lawyer.

• Pamela Curr, Campaign Coordinator, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Melbourne

• Hassan Ghoulam, Afghan Community Worker, Romero Centre.

Branch President, David Forde, Amnesty International Queensland and Northern New South Wales will chair the event.

Join us to discuss the latest issues and perspectives surrounding refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.

When: Saturday 28 August 10am – 12pm

Where: Wesley Building, 140 Ann Street, Brisbane

This event is free and open the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more details visit: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/23529/

asylumseekersflyer.pdf

Refugee DEATH IN DETENTION, CURTIN CENTRE

REST IN PEACE to a young man imprisoned in Curtin,
Process SUSPENDED.
Our commiserations to his family.
Do not presume that he died by his own hand.
Pamela Curr

Media report.

A 30-YEAR-OLD detainee has died after being found unconscious at the Curtin Immigration Detention Centre in Western Australia.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) confirmed the death today.
Staff tried to revive the man after he was found unconscious on Saturday afternoon.
He was taken by ambulance to Derby Hospital and transferred by air overnight to Perth’s Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital where he died on Sunday.
The cause of his death and the reason for his collapse are not yet known, the department said in a statement.
“At this stage there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the man’s death,” it said.
The department has advised the man’s family and expressed its sympathy over his death.
AAP

National BDS conference – 27 July 2010

Building Solidarity, Combating Occupation and Apartheid
A call for a national Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference
Melbourne, 29 – 31 October 2010
-activism in support of Palestine-

As supporters of the Palestinian struggle for justice and self-determination, we have come together to initiate a call for a two and half day, national Australian BDS conference to be held in Melbourne on October 29 – 31, 2010.

Over the two and half days of the conference, we hope to bring together people from all over Australia, who are already active in the Palestine solidarity movement, as well as anyone who is interested in learning more about BDS and the Palestinian struggle for self-determination and justice.

Plenaries will address the history of civil resistance and boycotts, including an analysis of apartheid in South Africa and Palestine; colonialism in Australia and Palestine; and lessons from Palestine solidarity work internationally. In addition, there will be workshops and strategy sessions focused on the development of a national BDS network and campaign in Australia, including strategy sessions focused on developing the involvement of the Union and Labour movement, Student and Campus groups, Community and Faith based groups and art and cultural groups in the campaign; as well as also developing research and media groups to support the campaign.

Background information:
In 2005, Palestinian civil society, including more than 171 Palestinian organisations, political parties, trade unions, associations, coalitions, initiated a Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) campaign against Israel.

Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid, the Palestinian-initiated BDS campaign is conducted in the framework of international solidarity and resistance to injustice and oppression and calls for non-violent punitive measures to be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognise the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with international law.

Over the past five years, the Palestinian BDS campaign against Israel has gone from strength to strength internationally, with trade unions, student groups and other sectors of the community announcing support for the campaign. However, in Australia, the campaign is still in its infancy.

In 2009, millions of ordinary people in Australia, and around the world, protested in condemnation of Israel’s brutal all-out bombing of 1.5 million Palestinian civilians residing in the open-air prison know as the Gaza Strip. In the past few weeks, we have again seen hundreds of thousands of people around the world take to the streets to protest Israel’s murderous attacks on the international humanitarian flotilla on May 31st, which was carrying 700 human rights activists who were attempting to break Israel’s illegal siege of Gaza, and deliver more than 10,000 tonnes of much needed humanitarian aid. Israel’s pre-mediated violent attack on the flotilla left 9 international human rights activists dead and dozens more wounded.

Israel continues to carry out its siege and occupation of Gaza and illegal occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank. As the BDS campaign continues to grow in leaps in bounds internationally, it is time for supporters of human rights and justice in Australia to come together as part of a national campaign in support of BDS and the Palestinian people.

We hope that you will join us in October for Australia’s first national BDS conference in support of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination and justice.

To endorse this call or to help with the organising of the conference, please contact us at: ausbds

Or visit our blog at: http://australianbdscampaign.wordpress.com/

University of Queensland refuses to enter into collective agreement with union

The union movement has lost its way.

Rather than concentrate on where power lies they have become tied up in economic rationalist ideas of efficiency and not with what matters to people.

Union membership has been in decline for 30 years.

Jobs are contract based and the notion of a permanent job is lost.

Employers refuse to bear the cost of decent conditions and look to government to bail them out of responsibilites like parental leave, to supplement inadequate wages with social security and family allowances.

After years of falling behind, workers at the University of Queensland have said enough is enough and decided to take a stand and commence rolling strike action supported by the National Tertiary Education Union NTEU. They are fighting for a collective agreement with their employer, the University of Queensland.

On the day of the first stoppage this is what the Australian Council of Trade Unions ACTU Secretary, Jeff Lawrence, had to say about where power lies:

After Jeff Lawrence’s talk dissappointed economist and union member at UQ said that Labor have not seen through economic rationalism.

The university of Queensland is one of the most conservative Universities in the Western world.

This is what its HR people have to say about the strike.

On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 3:23 PM, the University of Queensland HR representative, Maurie McNarn AO Executive Director (Operations) wrote:

Dear Student,

Further to the email of last week about the proposed industrial action by some staff who are members of the National Tertiary Education Union, I can advise that some classes may be affected this week in the Schools of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies, Education, Political Science and International Relations, and Economics. Some classes in
other schools may be affected next week, and we will keep you informed.

The University condemns this action by a very small group of staff, because they are targeting students. Only 140 out of a current staff of well over 8,000 voted on this action. The NTEU is only one of five unions involved in enterprise agreement negotiations, is not representative of staff, is out of touch with the realities of the University and clearly does not care about the impact of their irresponsible actions on students. The vast majority of UQ staff are committed to the teaching
and learning of their students.

The University has made a fair and reasonable pay offer to staff of a 17% cumulative increase over 4 years, plus a range of other improved benefits which are significantly above community standards.  We have paid and will be paying salary increases to all staff irrespective of these NTEU actions and, despite what the NTEU might say, the University is not in a position to increase its offer.

Please contact your School or Faculty Office if your classes are affected by this industrial action. The University again regrets any inconvenience to students by those staff who choose to strike, and will do what it can to assist you if you are affected.

Maurie McNarn AO
Executive Director (Operations)

David Rovics carries on the Woody Guthrie tradition

Hello People,

I know you all probably feel overloaded but may I suggest that you subscribe to Workers BushTelegraph on YouTube

You may not be aware, but I put a lot of stuff on the Workers BushTelegraph channel that you may find relevant (union, political music) .

For example I have uploaded the David Rovics concert in support of the Boycotts Divestments and Sanctions Camapign agaist Israel  at the CEPU Hall in South Brisbane  breaking it down to segments below 10 minutes so that it will fit on YouTube.

I have taken the trouble to subtitle most of the songs and DavidRovic’s comments between the songs.

What do you think?

David Rovics gets hits quickly and over time his videos will get more.

Thanks to Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) for providing the venue and thanks especially to Simmo and Barbara at the ETU. Thanks to David Rovics , Phil Monsour and his band and  the Revolutionary Socialists, Kathy, Owain and Hamish for making it all possible. A special thanks to Mahra for mixing the sound.

I think that we fit into the ETU’s  idea of community.

Have a look at this video and you will see what I mean –

By the way I think David Rovics falls inside the Woody Guthrie tradition.

This is why:

That has to be good for the union.

in solidarity
Ian Curr
23 August 2010

Peepli Live (M) – this film is highly recommended and a must see

Dear all,

This film is highly recommended and a must see.

Peepli Live (M)

now showing | session times
Director: Anusha Rizvi
106 min

A comical satire on Indian society, politics and the media, produced by award-winning Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan (Lagaan; Ghajini). Natha (Omkar Das Manikpuri) and Budhia (Raghubir Yadav) are two impoverished farmers in the small Indian village of Peepli, who are about to lose their farmland due to outstanding debt. When Natha discovers a government program that aids the families of indebted farmers who have committed suicide, he hatches a plan in a desperate bid to keep a roof over his familys heads. But when a reporter latches onto the story, a media frenzy ignites around Natha and his family, turning him into an overnight celebrity. As the entire country watches on, speculation mounts and the question on everyone’s lips “Will he or Won’t he?”

PARENTS AND TEACHERS UNITED
Help build a Campaign for the equitable provision of resources to students in the public education system.

BOYCOTT NAPLAN TESTING & OPPOSE THE GOVERNMENT MISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN
http://www.forourfuture.org.au/

Teachers, parents and citizens who care about education are opposing standardised testing and the Federal and State Government’s support of school league tables.

Go to: http://www.soscanberra.com/

Peter Curtis is teacher and a member of the Australian Education Union.
His blog spot can be found at: Criticalconsciousness’s Blog
www.criticalconsciousness.wordpress.com

pedrocurtis

Mobile: 0448307485

Election statement by Hamish Chitts, Revolutionary Socialist Party candidate for Griffith

Election statement by Hamish Chitts, Revolutionary Socialist Party candidate for Griffith

Whoever wins the election workers will lose

Regardless of which party gains government from Saturday’s Federal Election the majority of people in this country, the working class, will be worse off. Whoever wins will continue to oversee measures that will profit a tiny minority of super rich, the capitalist class.

Whoever wins will continue to oversee the decline of real wages (ie wages have increased over time, but not anywhere near the rate of inflation) that we have seen since the 1980s. Workers safety will continue to be sacrificed for the greater profits of a few. Jobs will continue to be casualised and while some workers will be forced to work more hours many more will be forced onto piecemeal, basically part-time hours. As monopolies (or duopolies) like Coles and Woolworths continue their stranglehold on markets the cost of living will continue to rise. As fewer and fewer people own all the housing, the cost of renting or buying a house will become more and more expensive.

Whoever wins will continue to promote racism to scapegoat super-exploited workers from overseas for the ever increasing burden that capitalism and the government policies that protect capitalism will place on us. The winner will continue to promote the lie that it is in the interests of workers here to go off and kill workers in other countries like Afghanistan. We have more in common with the workers and subsistence farmers in Afghanistan than we do with the Murdochs and Packers of this world. Whoever wins will increase the apartheid measures against Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory to drive them from their land, their home for tens of thousands of years, for the profit of people that own the mining companies.

For these same minority interests, whoever wins will continue to promote and subsidise wasteful environmentally and climatically destructive methods of production driven by consumerism rather than social need that ultimately threaten our very existence. The government cannot see past short term profits for their backers nor their own privileges that they gain from capitalism.

Whoever wins will continue to promote sexism and homophobia in the name of so called family values. These values are a deception to reinforce gender roles that through the particular oppression of women save the capitalists billions of dollars in unpaid (or low paid) labour as carers for the young, old and sick and as domestic slaves.

Whoever wins will continue the socially, economically and environmentally unsustainable system of capitalism. A system that enslaves the majority of the world’s population, including the majority of people in this country for the wonderful lifestyles of a few. The ALP and Liberal National Coalition have always supported this system and the only difference between now and forty years ago is that the requirements of this flawed system can no longer handle the diversity of policy that existed in the past.

Workers of all nations need to unite against the parasites that feed off our hard work and to raise the red banner of 21st Century socialism, the banner of true democracy and egalitarianism, for a better future all can enjoy.

For more information contact:

ph) 0401 586 923 (Hamish)

email) brisbane

www.rsp.org.au or Hamish Chitts for Griffith on Facebook

Authorised by K. Newnam 8 Gillingham St. Woolloongabba

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Kevin Rudd in control in Carindale?

Recently Kevin Rudd made a comeback in the federal election campaign to shore up support for Labor in Queensland. He was invited to the Carindale shopping centre and given the opportunity to advertise his cause for re-election in the federal seat of Griffith.

In a shopping centre dripping with advertising Kevin Rudd was followed by a thrall of Australian media to meet and greet the shoppers.

He walked past a stall for Seacrets — an Israeli firm that benefits from apartheid. No one in the media scrum asked Rudd about his

Rudd meets shoppers at Carindale 8 August 2010

support for Israel. Under Rudd’s watch Australia has given shameful support for Israeli destruction and murder in Gaza in Palestine.

In June 2010 the then Prime Minister Rudd suggested to Prime Minister Netanyahu that the government of Israel set up an independent inquiry to check the incident and make sure that all the facts come to light.

During the conversation in June 2010, Rudd also assured Mr Netanyahu of Australia’s continuing support for the state of Israel.

Then the Rudd Labor government instructed its UN mission to vote down the Goldstone report in the United Nations that said the bombing of Gaza by Israeli military was a war crime.

A few weeks after this Rudd was deposed by Julia Gillard who reiterated her Labor government’s support for Israel.

Soon after I was in Carindale walking where Rudd had only a few days before and this is the reception I received.  I was kicked out of Carindale shopping centre for handing out leaflets about Seacrets that sells cosmetics stolen from the Dead Sea in Palestine. As I was being hounded from the shopping centre and my leaflet was stolen by a security guard and an Israeli citizen (probably without a work permit) was handing out leaflets in support of the cosmetics that are stolen from the Dead Sea.

Needless to say I will not be voting for Kevin Rudd in Griffith. I will be voting for Sam Watson in the Senate and Hamish Chitts (Independent on the ballot paper but member for Revolutionary Socialist party) in the house of reps, the only candidates who support Freedom in Palestine. Will they win? No. Hamish will be lucky to get 200 votes [See Hamish Chitts for Griffith on Facebook].

Sam Watson will get more votes in the Senate because it is a bigger electorate (the entire state), but he will not recover his registration fee. This is Sam’s last run – he’s been out there ‘doin’ the business’ for over 40 years, time for someone else to step up. Sam has so much more he can do in writing, speaking out on the streets with the rest of us in the extra-parliamentary opposition here in Queensland.

For the millions not the billionaires...

I will be voting for the right of workers to organise something that is being taken away in Griffith, we can’t even leaflet on an important human rights question at our local supermarket.

Some friendly advice, Kevin, that 9.4% swing against you on the primary vote in the seat of Griffith is just a taste of what is to come if you think you can tell ordinary people that you’re standing up for them and really all you are doing is feathering yours and Therese Rein’s nest. Wake up to yourself, capitalism was the wrong way to go! The wheels are falling off. Your nephew Vann may be naive but he chose the right side, being with the socialists. The problem is not with Julia or Kevin, it is your ideas, mate, you deserted the light on the hill.
Name                      Party Votes % Vote Swing
Gregory Romans LDP 1,230       1.9          +1.7
Hamish Chitts –              456         0.7            +0.7
Jesse Webb            FFP 915           1.4              +0.7
R Docherty           LNP 23,837    36.6             +2.6
Emma-Kate Rose GRN 9,927     15.2             +7.3
Jan Pukallus          CEC   131            0.2             +0.2
Kevin Rudd          ALP 28,649      44.0           -9.4

Ian Curr
Election Day, 21 August 2010

References

Israel to deport Gaza flotilla detainees

Why Boycott Veolia?

Gaza’s War Crimes – Israel/Palestine

Labor government votes a shameful “no” against the Goldstone Report

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Laws don’t fully reinstate RDA: Amnesty

Hi all,

For those trying to understand Labor’s smoke and mirrors re restoring the Racial Discrimination Act, can I suggest you start with this article.

Mark

http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/laws-dont-fully-reinstate-rda-amnesty-20100622-yvmb.html

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They’re saying they are wonderful.

That  they have reinstated the racial discrimination act (RDA) and if re-elected, they’ll work with indigenous people on a formal political level, as well as grass roots.

Essential they’ve re-termed ‘intervention’ (which had the suspended racial discrimination act thing happening) to ’emergency response’ (which in theory, the act has been implaced again).

They’re also saying that the ‘Emergency Response’ complies with the RDA.

However, from what I’ve heard this is all political formality and what goes on in the N.T is still as fucked as what it was before.

Renaming the same system doesn’t change it.

However, I’m not really an expert on the situation so hopefully someone else can add to this.

Hope your doing well and look forward to seeing you saturday.

Paul

http://thequadraticcontingency.posterous.com/
http://www.myspace.com/tqcmusic

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Hi All,
I got this email reply from the ALP in response to an email I wrote to them… can anyone with a bit know knowledge help me understand what they are saying, is there any truth in what they are saying or is it all crap?… especially in relation the parts I highlighted in red… Also, has anyone also gotten this response and written back to them?  I would be interested in your response.  Thanks!
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Dear Christel

Thank you for your email.

Reasons to protest against both Labor and Liberal

News has come through that Gillard and Abbott are debating at Broncos Club tonight, Wednesday, 18 August 2010.

Protesters meeting at TAFE car park in Fulcher Rd Red Hill at 5:30pm.

Protest bipartisan support for war and racism.

Spread the word.

The debate tonight is on the economy.

The Labor government came to power during a capitalist recession. The recession was brought on by a financial crisis caused by policies of economic rationalism supported by all Australian governments since 1975. Even within the confines of social democracy Labor had a great chance to do something constructive to improve the lives of ordinary people hurt by the Howard years. But Labor has forgotten social democracy.

Instead Labor in power sold public assets in Queensland and elsewhere, harmed the environment on every criteria, sold out clean energy in favour of coal, said sorry but did nothing to help indigenous people gain their own economic base (the land), gave an open licence for bosses to hurt building workers by funding the Australia Building and Construction Commission, the list goes on . they snuffed out the light of social democracy on the hill and threw it on the scrap heap of global war and US alliance.

Unfortunately protest is one of the few tools we have left.

Protest has its limitations but the failure of parliament offers us few alternative.

Industrial action is the only power that ordinary people have, however our unions are run down and we lack political organisation – the Labor Party deserted us long ago and the Liberals are against us.

Abbott is fighting for the ruling class.

Read this charge sheet for treason by Julia Gillard against the class of her birth .

Character Evidence

A visit to Israel to secure donations from the local Zionist zealots to party funds and their silence about anything she might have once said about the Palestinians.

Now it turns out that the Zionist property developer (Albert Dadon) who organised the trip has found a job for Gillard’s other half.

On 29 June, Gillard goes on radio reassuring Jones’s constituency that she trooly really feels the pain of the racist paranoids against asylum seekers. Now she has the chance to put their policies into practice. Her government supports offshore processing of refugees and child detention.

Substantial offences against her class in Australia

· WorkChoices Lite under alias of FairWork ACT, both are in violation of ILO standards.

· Gillard supported the coercive powers of the Australian Building and Construct Commission ABCC at ACTU Congress in Brisbane last year

· Excluding OH&S from the terms of reference from the set-up inquiry to justify retaining the police-state powers of the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

· Driving ahead with the persecution of Ark Tribe for refusing to dob in his mates for their defence of their health and safety.

· Introducing legislation to undermining of OH&S standards, thereby making herself complicit in the mass murder of working people.

· And doing a similar deal over workers’ compensation.

These anti-union drives link to her bullying of teachers in their action against NAPLAN and League Tables, with threats of fines on individual teachers who sought to protect students from her serial child abuse.

· Imposition of teaching to the test in place of education for the fullest social development of the individual. Under her non-de-crime of Gradgrind, she told a gathering of the Australian Industry Group:

“In the areas covered by my portfolios – early childhood education and childcare, schooling, training, universities, social inclusion, employment participation and workplace cooperation – are all ultimately about the same thing: productivity’. I’m going to be measuring policies against the all-important criteria of how effectively they increase national productivity”.*

So, even pre-school children are sacrificed to her ideal of profit maximisation.

Journalists have been asking, what does Gillard stand for?

The answer is profit maximization, as does the rest of the ALP (ie the Anti-Labour Party). We are not seeing tactical manoeuvres but three years of strategic implementation.

Gillard may not be more vicious towards the working class than Howard but she is more dangerous because she knows how the ALP and the union movement work.

Not since Hawke has there been a graver threat.

Gillard’s performance puts her into the same gender as Julie Bishop (mis-education), Pauline Hanson (refugees) and Margaret Thatcher (union bashing).

Beyond these particulars, never forget that the parliamentary circus is not where power resides in a class society.

You may ask why this article contracts on the Labor Government under Gillard and not the Liberals under Abbott. The Liberals offer no choice for ordinary people. They reduced our pay and conditions during the boom times for capital so that they could pay for the next recession. Well it’s here and a Liberal government will just turn the screws harder.

Ian Curr
August 2010

With thanks to comrades for their articles that list political failures of Australian political parties.

*Quotes from Tom Dusevic, The Great Gillard experiment, The Best Australian Political writing 2009, MUP.

Refugees on NAURU- a vicious joke

The Coalition lies on Nauru are continuing because the Government remains silent. All it takes for democratic governments to oppress the vulnerable is complicity between them.

Journalists have nothing to write if there is no conflict. We see even though honest reports were made on the proposed Nauru solution, Abbott and Morrison continue with their lies and half truths without challenge. Abbott says that asylum seekers had full freedom on Nauru- LIE. They were locked up in a filthy Nauru prison if they left the camp. It was not until 2005 when only 52 people were left on the island that they were allowed out during the day to some parts of the island. This is just one of the many lies and half truths being put about by Abbott and Co.

Last week Mr Abbott sent Scott Morrison, Shadow Immigration Minister, off to Nauru. The small island nation has been constantly touted by Opposition leader Abbott as a key plank in the Coalition’s policy for “stopping the boats”. Indeed Mr Abbott has reminded us frequently that, “on Day One” he will pick up the phone to the President of Nauru despatch asylum seekers there immediately.

What the Nauruan politicians could claim of their preparedness to provide detention facilities from a hotel in Sydney, differs markedly from the brute reality of broken down dongas visually evident 4000 kilometres away in Nauru.

Morrison was accompanied by Paul Maley from The Australian and Tracy Vo from Channel Nine. They inspected the ruins of the old detention camp called “Topside”. The other camp is currently in use as the High School for the island’s children since a disgruntled Nauruan burnt down the original school in fury at the corruption of the Nauruan political system.

While it is seemingly not a problem for the Nauru political leaders to kick their kids out of the only school buildings available, it might be a harder call for Australian politicians to do the same.

Topside Camp has been stripped and will require rebuilding from scratch. Former PM Howard sent asylum seekers there in 2001 to live in hastily erected black plastic shelters with flush toilets with no water to flush them and no drinking water. No one was allowed in so this inhumanity was only exposed years later.

Currently there is no water or power.

Nauru has no local food supply beyond fish. The Nauruans have resisted all attempts to encourage them to plant vegetable gardens and grow food.

They prefer the frozen western food which is flown in from Australia and New Zealand despite the fact that it contributes to Nauruans having the world’s highest rate of diabetes with over 40% of their population affected.

The desalination plant which works only intermittently depends on fuel from Australia and New Zealand. The refrigerators which store the frozen food also depend on these fuel supplies to power the generators owned by local landowners. Drinking water is also flown in.

In days past the ships used to bring phosphate to Melbourne would return with Melbourne water as ballast in the hold to be used as drinking water on Nauru. Fortunately for the Opposition, no journalists have asked how much it will cost to provide food, water, fuel and medical supplies to keep asylum seekers alive on Nauru.

Australia pays Nauru $26 million in aid annually, which is more than 50% of their GNP.

Scrutiny of this policy proposal is difficult as so few media outlets are prepared for the costs of sending journalists to investigate. Maley, The Australian journalist sent to cover Morrison’s Nauru adventure, to his credit, wrote the story as he saw it. But then the paper, having spent thousands to send Maley over 4000 kilometres to Nauru, buried his story on page 8. The Channel Nine journalist wrote a predictable Channel Nine piece.

Paul Toohey has a comprehensive piece in The Punch today.

Paul Maley wrote the definitive piece on Nauru corruption- you will fall about laughing and then you might just feel sick to see our country lining up at the trough. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/if-youre-willing-to-pay-nauru-can-be-amazingly-accommodating/story-fn59niix-1225904777974

Nauru as dumping ground for refugees must not happen.

Pamela Curr

Campaign Coordinator

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

12 Batman Street, Melbourne

ph 0393266066 / 0417517075

FACT: Australia July 2010 – 639 CHILDREN IN DETENTION

The Coalition lies on Nauru are continuing because the Government remains silent. All it takes for democratic governments to oppress the vulnerable is complicity between them.

Journalists have nothing to write if there is no conflict. We see even though honest reports were made on the proposed Nauru solution, Abbott and Morrison continue with their lies and half truths without challenge. Abbott says that asylum seekers had full freedom on Nauru- LIE. They were locked up in a filthy Nauru prison if they left the camp. It was not until 2005 when only 52 people were left on the island that they were allowed out during the day to some parts of the island. This is just one of the many lies and half truths being put about by Abbott and Co.

Last week Mr Abbott sent Scott Morrison, Shadow Immigration Minister, off to Nauru. The small island nation has been constantly touted by Opposition leader Abbott as a key plank in the Coalition’s policy for “stopping the boats”. Indeed Mr Abbott  has reminded us frequently that, “on Day One” he will pick up the phone to the President of Nauru despatch asylum seekers there immediately.

What the Nauruan politicians could claim of their preparedness to provide detention facilities from a hotel in Sydney, differs markedly from the brute reality of broken down dongas visually evident 4000 kilometres away in Nauru.

Morrison was accompanied by Paul Maley from The Australian and Tracy Vo from Channel Nine. They inspected the ruins of the old detention camp called “Topside”. The other camp is currently in use as the High School for the island’s children since a disgruntled Nauruan burnt down the original school in fury at the corruption of the Nauruan political system.

While it is seemingly not a problem for the Nauru political leaders to kick their kids out of the only school buildings available, it might be a harder call for Australian politicians to do the same.

Topside Camp has been stripped and will require rebuilding from scratch. Former PM Howard sent asylum seekers there in 2001 to live in hastily erected black plastic shelters with flush toilets with no water to flush them and no drinking water. No one was allowed in so this inhumanity was only exposed years later.

Currently there is no water or power.

Nauru has no local food supply beyond fish. The Nauruans have resisted all attempts to encourage them to plant vegetable gardens and grow food.

They prefer the frozen western food which is flown in from Australia and New Zealand despite the fact that it contributes to Nauruans having the world’s highest rate of diabetes with over 40% of their population affected.

The desalination plant which works only intermittently depends on fuel from Australia and New Zealand. The refrigerators which store the frozen food also depend on these fuel supplies to power the generators owned by local landowners. Drinking water is also flown in.

In days past the ships used to bring phosphate to Melbourne would return with Melbourne water as ballast in the hold to be used as drinking water on Nauru. Fortunately for the Opposition, no journalists have asked how much it will cost to provide food, water, fuel and medical supplies to keep asylum seekers alive on Nauru.

Australia pays Nauru $26 million in aid annually, which is more than 50% of their GNP.

Scrutiny of this policy proposal is difficult as so few media outlets are prepared for the costs of sending journalists to investigate. Maley, The Australian journalist sent to cover Morrison’s Nauru adventure, to his credit, wrote the story as he saw it. But then the paper, having spent thousands to send Maley over 4000 kilometres to Nauru, buried his story on page 8. The Channel Nine journalist wrote a predictable Channel Nine piece.

Paul Toohey has a comprehensive piece in The Punch today.

Paul Maley wrote the definitive piece on Nauru corruption- you will fall about laughing and then you might just feel sick to see our country lining up at the trough. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/if-youre-willing-to-pay-nauru-can-be-amazingly-accommodating/story-fn59niix-1225904777974

Nauru as dumping ground for refugees must not happen.

-- 
Pamela Curr
Campaign Coordinator
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
12 Batman Street, Melbourne 
ph 0393266066 / 0417517075
The Coalition lies on Nauru are continuing because the Government remains silent. All it takes for democratic governments to oppress the vulnerable is complicity between them.

 

Journalists have nothing to write if there is no conflict. We see even though honest reports were made on the proposed Nauru solution, Abbott and Morrison continue with their lies and half truths without challenge. Abbott says that asylum seekers had full freedom on Nauru- LIE. They were locked up in a filthy Nauru prison if they left the camp. It was not until 2005 when only 52 people were left on the island that they were allowed out during the day to some parts of the island. This is just one of the many lies and half truths being put about by Abbott and Co.

 

Last week Mr Abbott sent Scott Morrison, Shadow Immigration Minister, off to Nauru. The small island nation has been constantly touted by Opposition leader Abbott as a key plank in the Coalition's policy for "stopping the boats". Indeed Mr Abbott  has reminded us frequently that, "on Day One” he will pick up the phone to the President of Nauru despatch asylum seekers there immediately.

 

What the Nauruan politicians could claim of their preparedness to provide detention facilities from a hotel in Sydney, differs markedly from the brute reality of broken down dongas visually evident 4000 kilometres away in Nauru.

 

Morrison was accompanied by Paul Maley from The Australian and Tracy Vo from Channel Nine. They inspected the ruins of the old detention camp called “Topside”. The other camp is currently in use as the High School for the island’s children since a disgruntled Nauruan burnt down the original school in fury at the corruption of the Nauruan political system.

 

While it is seemingly not a problem for the Nauru political leaders to kick their kids out of the only school buildings available, it might be a harder call for Australian politicians to do the same.

 

Topside Camp has been stripped and will require rebuilding from scratch. Former PM Howard sent asylum seekers there in 2001 to live in hastily erected black plastic shelters with flush toilets with no water to flush them and no drinking water. No one was allowed in so this inhumanity was only exposed years later.

 

Currently there is no water or power.

 

Nauru has no local food supply beyond fish. The Nauruans have resisted all attempts to encourage them to plant vegetable gardens and grow food.

 

They prefer the frozen western food which is flown in from Australia and New Zealand despite the fact that it contributes to Nauruans having the world’s highest rate of diabetes with over 40% of their population affected.

 

The desalination plant which works only intermittently depends on fuel from Australia and New Zealand. The refrigerators which store the frozen food also depend on these fuel supplies to power the generators owned by local landowners. Drinking water is also flown in.

 

In days past the ships used to bring phosphate to Melbourne would return with Melbourne water as ballast in the hold to be used as drinking water on Nauru. Fortunately for the Opposition, no journalists have asked how much it will cost to provide food, water, fuel and medical supplies to keep asylum seekers alive on Nauru.

 

Australia pays Nauru $26 million in aid annually, which is more than 50% of their GNP.

 

Scrutiny of this policy proposal is difficult as so few media outlets are prepared for the costs of sending journalists to investigate. Maley, The Australian journalist sent to cover Morrison’s Nauru adventure, to his credit, wrote the story as he saw it. But then the paper, having spent thousands to send Maley over 4000 kilometres to Nauru, buried his story on page 8. The Channel Nine journalist wrote a predictable Channel Nine piece.

 

Paul Toohey has a comprehensive piece in The Punch today.

 

Paul Maley wrote the definitive piece on Nauru corruption- you will fall about laughing and then you might just feel sick to see our country lining up at the trough. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/if-youre-willing-to-pay-nauru-can-be-amazingly-accommodating/story-fn59niix-1225904777974

 

Nauru as dumping ground for refugees must not happen.

 

--

Pamela Curr

Campaign Coordinator

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

12 Batman Street, Melbourne

ph 0393266066 / 0417517075

 

FACT: Australia July 2010 - 639 CHILDREN IN DETENTION

 


FACT: Australia July 2010 - 639 CHILDREN IN DETENTION

Killard

by Humphrey McQueen 30 June 2010

CHARGE SHEET
FOR TREASON AGAINST THE CLASS OF HER BIRTH
JULIA GILLARD (aka Killard and Gradgrind)

Character Evidence

  • a visit to Israel to secure donations from the local Zionist zealots to party funds and their silence about anything she might have once said about the Palestinians.

Now it turns out that the Zionist property developer (Albert Dadon) who organised the trip has found a job for Gillard’s other half.

Is the bottom of this barrel at the top of the 50-level tower coming to a site occupied by an ALP law firm, Holding Redlich, and approved by ALP State Minister Planning and Branch Stacking? (see Age, 29 June)

On 25 March 2010, Killard phones Alan Jones to say ‘Alan, I’m on the line to congratulate you on 25 wonderful years’, revealing that incitement to racial violence is on her agenda for social inclusion.

On 29 June, she goes on radio reassuring Jones’s constituency that she trooly really feels the pain of the racist paranoids against asylum seekers. Now she has the chance to put their policies into practice.

Substantial offences

  • WorkChoices Lite under alias of FairWork ACT, both are in violation of ILO standards. Link this to Chris White’s material on the Act.
    her thuggish performance at ACTU Congress in Brisbane last year
  • excluding OH&S from the terms of reference from the set-up inquiry to justify retaining the police-state powers of the Australian Building and Construction Commission.
  • driving ahead with the persecution of Ark Tribe for refusing to dob in his mates for their defence of their health and safety.
  • introducing legislation to undermining of OH&S standards, thereby making herself complicit in the mass murder of working people.
    And doing a similar deal over workers’ compensation.

These anti-union drives link to her bullying of teachers in their action against NAPLAN and League Tables, with threats of fines on individual teachers who sought to protect students from her serial child abuse.

  • imposition of teaching to the test in place of education for the fullest social development of the individual. Under her non-de-crime of Gradgrind, she told a gathering of the Australian Industry Group:

In the areas covered by my portfolios – early childhood education and childcare, schooling, training, universities, social inclusion, employment participation and workplace cooperation – are all ultimately about the same thing: productivity’…I’m going to be measuring policies against the all-important criteria of how effectively they increase national productivity.*

So, even pre-school children are sacrificed to her ideal of profit maximisation.

In place of state totalitarianism, Gradgrind imposes market totalitarianism.

Journalists have been asking, what does Killard stand for? The answer is profit maximization, as does the rest of the ALP (ie the Anti-Labour Party). We are not seeing tactical maneouvres but three years of strategic implementation.

Killard may not be more vicious towards the working class than Howard but she is more dangerous because she knows how the ALP and the union movement work.

Not since Hawke has there been a graver threat.

Killard’s performance puts her into the same gender as Julie Bishop (mis-education), Pauline Hanson (refugees) and Margaret Thatcher (union bashing).

Beyond these particulars, never forget that the parliamentary circus is not where power resides in a class society.

 

* Quotes from Tom Dusevic, The Great Gillard experiment, The Best Australian Political writing 2009, MUP.