Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Wed 5 Oct meeting of the 17 Group

Next meeting of the 17 Group: Wednesday the 5th of October at 7pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. The speaker will be Richard Hil, currently writing a book on Australian higher education. His topic: “The zombification of Australian universities”. Here is a short summary followed by some biographical notes:

The zombification of Australian universities

Like many organizations in other sectors – schools, hospitals, community centres, clothing stores, biscuit factories, banks and breweries –
universities have over recent years experienced major changes to their work practices. Australian academics are now subject to work regimes that their predecessors would scarcely recognize, even thirty years ago. Economic rationalism, commercialization, corporate governance, productivism and other outgrowths of neo-liberal ideology have ushered in an entirely new way of thinking about what constitutes the university. The proposition that universities are for the collective good has in effect been usurped by the impulse to survive in an increasingly cut-throat globalised marketplace. Such developments have led to much public chatter concerning the perceived death of the public university, the emergence of rote and instrumental education and the over-regulation of academics. Complaint is rife among academics who find themselves increasingly tethered to the commercial imperatives of the neo-liberal, university. Some commentators have talked of the zombfication of the university with its tendency to reduce so-called higher education to a process of rigidified learning and vocational training suited to the interests of the current economic order rather than the collective good. Every aspect of inquiry – even critical reflection – has become commodified artifacts more suited to career portfolios than active citizenship in a vibrant democratic society.
How can academics resist zombification? What prospects are there of alternative, more democratic, socially relevant and participatory systems of higher education?

Dr Richard Hil is co-founder of the Free University of Bellingen and honorary associate at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney. Richard has written extensively in the areas of criminology, peace and conflict studies, and child and family welfare. His more recent books are International Criminology (with Rob Watts and Judith Bessant), Erasing Iraq (with Mike Otterman and Paul Wilson) and Surviving Care (with Dr Elisabeth Branigan). Erasing Iraq has recently been translated into Arabic. Richard has written extensively on higher education in The Australian, Campus Review and Australian Universities Review and is currently completing a book titled: Whackademia: Inside the strange world of Australian higher education.

But Leon? Well might you ask.
“Trotsky loved mathematics, whose abstract world fascinated him with its mystery, its logic and its inexhaustible possibilities. He dreamed of studying it at Novorossiisk University, and he might have become a scientist, but the only universities he was to attend were those of the Russian prison system. His revolutionary career began when he left high school aged seventeen”. (Trotsky: Eternal Revolutionary by Dmitri Volkogonov If he comes he’ll be bringing a few friends from the university of hard lines:

We’re expecting a big crowd already for this one, but we’ve got extra chairs ready in the garage.

Cost of War, Price of Peace – Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly Poster Brisbane Oct 2011.pdf

Migrants and the Australian Working Class

Socialist Alternative presents


“Workers, united, will never be defeated!”

Australia today has one of the most cosmopolitan working classes in the world. Post WWII immigration had a significant impact on the working class movement as migrants imported trade union traditions and militancy from their own experiences of struggle and played a leading and inspiring role in labour history.

Join us for a talk by socialist historian Sandra Bloodworth, followed by discussion

Migrants and the Australian Working Class

6.30pm Tuesday 27th September

QUT Gardens Point C Block rm 406

end of George st, City

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Dawn to Dusk — Reminiscences of a Rebel

By E. H. LANE (“JACK CADE”) First Published by William Brooks & Co. (Qld) 1939 Republished by SHAPE1993 I wish to make it clear that my criticism of Labour men in these pages is not to be taken as a … Continue reading



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Tuesday September 27, 6.30pm CEPU building 41 Peel St. South Brisbane (Cheap meal available from 6pm) The Vietnamese Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) hosted the Second International Conference of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin in Hanoi August 8-9. Attending … Continue reading



Ten years ago the Howard Government fell in behind George Bush in the invasion of Afghanistan. This was in reaction to the events of 9-11 although all but one of the highjackers were Saudi. The War on Terror has become … Continue reading


Sovereignty, treaty, social justice

it is good to see that chris graham and his unique political style is back with us once again and i thank the nsw land council for allowing this to happen. we need all three of our aboriginal and torres … Continue reading


Asylum seekers and our, now, one nation

some years ago, i and many others, fought and demonstrated against the toxic verbal bile that was mouthed then by what was seen to be by most australians, as a fringe party. their disgusting rantings only proved them to be … Continue reading


Urgent: Black Deaths in Custody speak-out

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Burragubba on ‘Being Human’   RALLY AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE Thurs 15th Sept 2011 at 11am outside of Parliament House NO MORE DEATHS IN CUSTODY Burragubba on ‘Deaths in Custody’ Lyji Vaggs inquest continues in Townsville today — More deaths in … Continue reading


BDS – one day symposium

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CALLING FOR REGISTRATIONS NOW ONE DAY AUSTRALIAN BDS SYMPOSIUM Saturday 24 September 2011, 11.30am till 6.30pm Treacy Centre, The Avenue, Parkville, 3km from Melbourne city with international speakers RAFEEF ZIADAH, Palestinian Boycott National Committee secretariat member, and MIKO PELED, Israeli … Continue reading


Whose side are you on?

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The mundane decline of labour history by Humphrey McQueen Fifty-one years ago, a grouping of communists and ex-communists in Canberra set up a Society for the Study of Labour History and prepared a journal, Labour History. One spur had been … Continue reading


Palestinian civil society welcomes Agrexco liquidation, calls for celebration of this BDS victory

Press Releases, Statements Palestinian civil society welcomes Agrexco liquidation, calls for celebration of this BDS victory Posted on September 12, 2011 by Palestinian BDS National Committee For Immediate Release – September 12, 2011 – Supporters of Palestinian rights claim victory … Continue reading

Better Services Campaign Rally

Better Services Campaign Rally – ABC News – YouTube.

Uploaded by on 8 Sep 2011

Unions have vowed to hit the streets again after more than 45,000 NSW public-sector workers demonstrated against what they say is an attack on their jobs and wages.

Firefighters in uniform, police, teachers, nurses, prison officers, and bus and ferry drivers carried placards and flags into central Sydney shortly after 11am (AEST) on Thursday as the sounds of Bob Dylan blasted from loudspeakers.

The crowd of 35,000 protesters in Sydney was far greater than the union movement’s forecast of a 20,000 turnout.

Unions NSW secretary Mark Lennon vowed there would be more unrest unless Premier Barry O’Farrell backed down from plans to slash 5000 public service back-office jobs and impose a 2.5 per cent cap on government wages.

“As this campaign continues, we become stronger, co-ordinated, more flexible and united,” he told the rally.

“From here, this campaign will continue to roll out politically, in our communities and we’ll continue to roll out this campaign industrially as well.”


September Presentation – Bats in the Burbs

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Hi, Our next presentation for September is Bats in the burbs: a look at urban flying-foxes by Joanne Towsey, 27 September, 7.30pm. See the attached poster for more information. *Note: You have 3 days left to enter the Batty Boat … Continue reading


People’s Revolutions in Venezuela and Bolivia: An Eyewitness Report

Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network presents: THE PEOPLE’S REVOLUTIONS IN VENEZUELA AND BOLIVIA: An eyewitness report Guest speaker: John Cleary, AVSN Brigade co-ordinator, and former ETU organiser, recently returned from Venezuela and Bolivia. SAT SEPT 17, 2pm. Brisbane Activist Centre, 74B Wickham … Continue reading


In Tottenham and New York: are the Chickens Coming Home?

by Jim Dowling Some people may remember the drama around a certain minister whose church Barack Obama attended before his election as President of the United States. Many branded this man, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright a disgrace to America. At … Continue reading


Family Violence, Income Management and Commonwealth Laws – request for input from Law Reform Commission

“My people don’t need no introduction, we are the people you label with white dysfunction, our beauty, our pride you just don’t mention, I gotta ask, people, what’s your intention?” — Palm Island Rap artist, Lizzy G. The ALRC has … Continue reading


Free the Cuban Five Campaign Wrap Up!

Re: Signature campaign Freeing the Cuban Five. The Campaign is to collect 1 Million Signatures to Free the Cuban Five. We are hoping to review the campaign at our September Meeting. We would like you to send any signatures you … Continue reading



Baby Milk Action Nestlé-free Zone

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Baby Milk Action Nestlé-free Zone. To hear more – listen to the Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ FM 102.1 Brisbane and surrounds 12 Noon Friday 9 September 2011 You may not know, I support the boycott of Nestlé products. According the the … Continue reading


Public lecture: Moving towards a democracy in Israel/Palestine

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Public lecture Moving towards a democracy in Israel/PalestineFriday 23 September 2011 6:30pm for 7:00pm VENUE: Level 2, TLC Building 16 Peel St South Brisbane Entry via gold coin donation RSVPs essential Email: or tel 3846 2468 Just Peace is … Continue reading


We Built This Country – Builders’ Labourers and their Unions

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Humphrey McQueen read this inspiring poem below at the launch of the book: “Our liberties had not been won by mining magnates or stock-exchange jobbers, but by genuine men of the working-class movement who had died on the gallows and … Continue reading


Guardian Newspaper Initiates WikiLeaks Ass Kicking Party while Circling the Wagons to Protect its own Butt!

by Ciaron O’Reilly We are ten years into a war on Aghanistan, 20 years into a war on Iraq and 250+ daze into the confinement without charge of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who has done so much to expose the … Continue reading


Orchestrated campaign against Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions hits snag

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The following comments were taken from a news item from Workplace Express, daily news updates for the Union/HR/IR mob. Union protests not a secondary boycott, says ACCC Protests by the MUA and Geelong Trades Hall outside Max Brenner chocolate shops … Continue reading


Why Libya & why Afghanistan?

Russ Baker: Now That Were Celebrating Qaddafis End, Can We Get A Little Truth? September 1, 2011 A hard look at why the west is really involved in Libya. By Russ Baker As they say in law enforcement, follow the … Continue reading


Public meeting: Palestine today & the BDS campaign explained

Justice for Palestine public meeting: Palestine today & the BDS campaign explained Come along to this meeting to hear updates about the situation in Palestine and the background to the campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against apartheid Israel. … Continue reading


Public rally for free Education in Chile Sat Sept 3, 11am, KGSq

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Movement for Peace and Justice – Brisbane Due to the current and ongoing student protests across Chile, the Chilean community in Brisbane would like to add our voices to those of the Chilean students movement, this which is in response … Continue reading


New International Book Shop Bulletin

NIBS Bulletin 31st August 2011 Talk this Saturday: Ann Pettifor ‘Financing the transformation to a zero carbon economy: Why we can afford more jobs and a better life’ On Saturday, 3rd September, renowned economist, author and activist Ann Pettifor will … Continue reading