Sale of Queensland Rail finished Labor in Queensland

There is a prevailing belief in the ALP that they can spin their way out of any situation. This sometimes works with people without ideology or class consciousness. The economic crisis has shaken people's faith in capitalism mainly because poverty means there is less access to consumer goods. So Anna Bligh and her ministers used … Continue reading Sale of Queensland Rail finished Labor in Queensland

Witness for Palestine at Mosh Ben Ari concert

Last night at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall about 8 of us bore witness before a large crowd attending Israeli singer Mosh Ben Ari's concert. We highlighted the suffering of the Palestinian people on banners and flew Palestinian flags. Mosh is renowned for his songs of peace, love and harmony but he cannot be considered a … Continue reading Witness for Palestine at Mosh Ben Ari concert

Update for Julian Assange Brisbane Rally

Hi everyone, We are all still waiting for a verdict on Julian's extradition case from the UK Supreme Court. For those that don't know, we were recently contacted by the UK Supreme Court and have been advised, that we will be told the date the judgement will be made prior to it being handed down. … Continue reading Update for Julian Assange Brisbane Rally

April 4th Meeting of the 17 Group

The next meeting of the 17 group will be held on Wednesday the 4th of April at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. The speaker will be Adrian Skerritt, who will initiate discussion of the question “Was Australia's war in the Pacific a "just" war? Remembering and teaching military history”. … Continue reading April 4th Meeting of the 17 Group

Palm Sunday Rally- Keep Australia Nuclear-Free & Independent

BRISBANE! Unite! Now is the time to get back out on the streets together!!! Palm Sunday Rally for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament - this Sunday! With the new LNP gov't there is no better time to organise and say NO to uranium mining in Qld, NO to US troops based in this country, YES to … Continue reading Palm Sunday Rally- Keep Australia Nuclear-Free & Independent

Queensland State Election 2012 — build extra-parliamentary opposition

In the 1970s, workers were denied democratic rights in the workplace and on the streets. Back then, electoral gerrymander prevented parliamentary opposition. So we built extra-parliamentary opposition. The Labor Party came to power in the 1980s on the back of efforts by the Left in trade unions and on the streets and sold public assets … Continue reading Queensland State Election 2012 — build extra-parliamentary opposition

Supprt Aboriginal Embassy at Musgrave Park

“People enjoy their food, take pleasure in being with their families, spend weekends working in their gardens, delight in the doings of the neighborhood. And even though the next country is so close that people can hear its roosters crowing and its dogs barking, they are content to die of old age without ever having … Continue reading Supprt Aboriginal Embassy at Musgrave Park

An apostrophe a semicolon and a hyphen walk into a bar

STAND-UP comedian Lenny Bruce would read transcripts of his obscenity trials towards the end of his career. It was embarrassing rather than funny. Literary jokes are thin in the air.“J. K. Rowling is writing a contemporary adult novel; what’s that all about?” is not in the comedic handbook as the intro to a gig. Yet, … Continue reading An apostrophe a semicolon and a hyphen walk into a bar

Irish woman interned by British – protest in Brisbane – please spread the word

British Consulate, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane Brisbane Speakout: Free Marian Price Thursday March 22, 12:30pm Outside British Consulate 1 Eagle St, Brisbane Since May 15, 2011, Marian Price has been illegally incarcerated by the British in the north of Ireland. She was held for nine months in solitary confinement in the all-male Maghaberry prison before … Continue reading Irish woman interned by British – protest in Brisbane – please spread the word

Upcoming Event: Brisbane Detention Centre Rally. Help spread the word

Protest in solidarity with detainees at Brisbane's detention centre Come to Brisbane's very own detention centre and demand freedom and justice for refugees. When: 1pm, Saturday 17th March. Where: The "BITA" (Brisbane Immigration Transit Accomodation), 100 Sugarmill Rd, Pinkenba. Getting there: Meet at 11.30am at Central Station to catch the train to Doomben. Car pool … Continue reading Upcoming Event: Brisbane Detention Centre Rally. Help spread the word

7 Aussie sayings in 7 Shouts

I THOUGHT everyone loved rhyming slang but I was wrong.During a bout of immersion in Aussie slang through my weekly column 7 Shouts, a reader wrote in to protest.She said Aussie rhyming slang and slang in general were provincial and uncouth.I took mild offence to the observation and was about to offer to write a … Continue reading 7 Aussie sayings in 7 Shouts

Reigniting the Struggle- For a Brisbane Workers Assembly(Draft)

a meeting has been organised to discuss this proposal on 15th March at 5.30pm at Freedom House 69 Thomas St West End 4101 The accumulation of capital is Australia remains much stronger than that in much of the world – especially the global North. As long as high rates of growth are sustained in China … Continue reading Reigniting the Struggle- For a Brisbane Workers Assembly(Draft)

Campbell Newman and Bligh – a ‘quinella’ of losers

"In the courtroom of honor, the judge pounded his gavel To show that all's equal and that the courts are on the level And that the strings in the books ain't pulled and persuaded And that even the nobles get properly handled" In horse racing, when you pick two winners in any order it is … Continue reading Campbell Newman and Bligh – a ‘quinella’ of losers

Magda and St Patti get together, Mervyn & Clan invite you …..

Magda’s Community Artz 80 Boundary Road Bardon Saturday 17th March Bar.B.Qu starts 5.00 pm Bring the Kids,food + cutlery. Alcohol available. Pepperazzi Big Band ( will play from 6.00 - 9.00 pm ) Admission:Donation Contact Mervyn 0400 497 422 mervyn.langford@gmail.com Magda's St Pats BBQ(1).pdf

Enoggera Five go to Court

On 5 March five Christian activists-Cully, Jim, Christel, Andy and Sean, appeared in Brisbane Magistrate Court to face charges of "causing a public nuisance" and "disobeying a police direction without a reasonable excuse." These charges arose from a civil disobedience action on 7 October last year outside Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane, to make the 10th … Continue reading Enoggera Five go to Court

Bread and Roses — International Women’s Day 2012

US Troops confront women textile workers in Lawrence Massachusetts in 1912 One hundred years ago women organised a textile strike in the American city of Lawrence, Massachusetts. On this day, International Women's Day 2012. Workers BushTelegraph pays respect to those workers who stood up. The slogan "Bread and Roses" originated in a poem of that … Continue reading Bread and Roses — International Women’s Day 2012

Union Action to Save the Reef now Illegal

In light of the current alarm about dredging and dumping in the Reef, it is worth recalling how it was saved by union action which is now illegal under Fair Work Australia.  Coral battleground 1970 After tenders to drill for oil on the Great Barrier Reef went out during 1969, the Queensland branch levied its … Continue reading Union Action to Save the Reef now Illegal

Film Night to remember Palestinian Land Day

30 March is Palestinian Land Day. Over 300 people attended the remembrance and commemoration at a film night organised by the Palestinian Arts Culture & Sport Inc ("PACSI"). Kathyn Zahran outlined PACSI's  primary objectives of encouraging the appreciation, and promotion, of Palestinian culture, history, arts, sports, film etc. This event is a lead up to … Continue reading Film Night to remember Palestinian Land Day

Israeli Propaganda Machine Nets Australian Companies

In January 2010 a Mossad assassination squad murdered Hamas' Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai. The killers carried identities and passports belonging to innocent others, five of whom were Australian. Israel sanctioned these identity thefts and the criminal use of forged passports so it's no big deal for them to co-opt 508 Australian companies without their permission … Continue reading Israeli Propaganda Machine Nets Australian Companies