Tamil asylum seeker attempts suicide in Melbourne

A Tamil asylum seeker scheduled who faced deportation to Sri Lanka today (Wednesday 31 Oct 2012) has attempted suicide in the early hours of this morning. It is understood that ambulances were called to the Maribynong Detention Centre in Melbourne and that the man has been transported to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. The 42 year … Continue reading Tamil asylum seeker attempts suicide in Melbourne

Kooii’s EP Launch, this Sun, Nov 4

Hello Folks, Kooii recently released a new EP, ‘Call Out’, and to celebrate this we’ve gathered together an awesome group of bands for a small fiesta this Sun Nov 4 at the Greenslopes Bowls Club. The line up includes Melbourne-based songstress Saritah and her band (also launching her new album); the great and soulful Tommee … Continue reading Kooii’s EP Launch, this Sun, Nov 4

NAURU – PHOTOS and Story

A Weekend Of Protest On Nauru By Adam Brereton Asylum seekers detained on Nauru mounted hunger strikes and protests over the weekend. Even though communications are restricted, reports of dreadful conditions are emerging from the facility, writes Adam Brereton READ ON and MORE PHOTOS here http://newmatilda.com/2012/10/29/weekend-protest-nauru

Frontier Wars, Class Wars, Imperialist Wars

Talk by Humphrey McQueen at the Railway Club, Darwin, 17 July 2012. In paying acknowledgement to country I want to do more than mention custodianship and sovereignty. Too often those values are made to sound passive or legalistic. The reality is that across this continent and for more than 250 years, indigenous Australians resisted invaders … Continue reading Frontier Wars, Class Wars, Imperialist Wars

Aboriginal Nations issue Assange with passport

It is with a sense of pride and complete social justice that this Association has worked with the Sydney Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition to have the privilege of successfully arranging for Julian Assange to be able to be issued with an Aboriginal Nations Passport that his father, John Shipton, will accept on his behalf … Continue reading Aboriginal Nations issue Assange with passport

Uranium Again

[Editor's Note: This was broadcast on the Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 12 noon on Fridays) on 26 October 2012. It is part of a series of broadcasts on the The Politics of Repression and the Politics of Protest. 'Uranium Again' is the first part of the Politics of Protest.] 'The Trains' by Judith Wright … Continue reading Uranium Again

Foco Nuevo in November 2012

This month we feature two great guest acts, and a variation on line-up for Jumping Fences! Tommy Leonard: A fine singer and guitarist, Tommy had been troubadouring in Australia since 1990. His repertoire covers traditional and contemporary music from the english and not-so english-speaking worlds. [website]. Steve Tyson & The Industrious Felons: Steve Tyson's 2010 … Continue reading Foco Nuevo in November 2012

QLD UNCUT: next meeting

The next Queensland Uncut meeting is Thursday November 29th, 6.30pm, Trades and Labour Council Building, 16 Peel Street, Level 2 - hope to see you there! In the mean time: Have you liked the new Queensland Uncut facebook page yet? https://www.facebook.com/pages/Queensland-Uncut/508702875808816 Have you booked out our "last parliament sitting day" action in your diary? 5pm … Continue reading QLD UNCUT: next meeting

NTEU eNews 24 October 2012

eNEWS Bulletin of the University of Queensland Branch of the NTEU 24 October, 2012 IN THIS ISSUE Fair Shares Staff and Student Forum: Budget Monster Strikes Again National Office Media Release: $1 Billion Cuts to Higher Education Colleagues at UQ: Celebrate the End of Semester Solidarity Concert: Voices for Victory Brisbane Labour History Symposium: Back … Continue reading NTEU eNews 24 October 2012

BLHA October Symposium This Saturday

Comrades and Friends Just a reminder that the October Symposium organised by the Brisbane Labour History Association is on this Saturday, 27 October 2012. The symposium is entitled, Back to the Future?...The Queensland Labour Movement under Conservative Governments. Registration for the event opens at 9.15, but the symposium proper will commence at 9.45, with opening … Continue reading BLHA October Symposium This Saturday

Outrage for treatment of Bahraini teachers

The Bahrain Australian Youth Movement (BAYM) condemns the verdict delivered to Mahdi Abu Deeb, president of the Bahraini Teachers' Association, yesterday who was sentenced to 5 years in prison alongside BTA vice-president Jalila al-Salman facing a jail term of six months. They were arrested for supporting protests and strikes in February 2011 calling for democratic … Continue reading Outrage for treatment of Bahraini teachers

Refugee Action Collective events & organising meeting

Several upcoming events of interest to refugee supporters Community BBQ Sunday 28th October, 10am Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks. Public transport: 468 bus from Oxley Station. Join us for a day filled with food and fun. There will be games for the young ones and soccer for everyone, so bring yourself, your family and … Continue reading Refugee Action Collective events & organising meeting

Workplace Guilt by Association

[This Paradigm Shift  was broadcast on 19 October 2012 on 4ZZZ fm 102.1] A derelict house slumps to one side Poster peels on a bolted gate Its faded but not forgotten "An injury to one is an injury to all"  — 'View From A Wooden Chair' Lachlan Hurse and Sue Monk Contents Intro Song - … Continue reading Workplace Guilt by Association

When will Spring rain?

This is how I see it Black throated pied butcher bird picking up sticks sees bicyclist Pied strikes like a drone in Yemen 2 metre tall cyclist Takes refuge under Poinciana Juveniles join in Kamakase air raids triangular strafing with clapping beaks 30 centimetre birds can cower a man Takes off helmet to expose every … Continue reading When will Spring rain?

Israel stops another ship with humanitarian aid for Palestine

The ship was loaded with humanitarian aid to Palestine but it was seized by Israel under the pretext of stopping the delivery of weaponry for Hamas. I am sure that Israel knew the contents of the cargo but it needs to lie to justify its actions. The activists have been detained and we don't know … Continue reading Israel stops another ship with humanitarian aid for Palestine

UQ NTEU branch supports Bob Carnegie and QCH workers

Motion passed today at the University of Queensland branch of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Please feel free to use this motion, suitably adapted, in your own union branch. Tom Bramble "That the UQ branch of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU): *condemns Abigroup for mounting a serious legal attack on community activist Bob … Continue reading UQ NTEU branch supports Bob Carnegie and QCH workers

Democratic Rights at QUT: Last Action for the Year

The QUT Free Speech Campaign would like to thank all those who have participated in the activities we have held at QUT recently. The wide range of stalls that were held and the fantastic speeches that were made have resuscitated the political atmosphere in the final days of the semester and have successfully spread the … Continue reading Democratic Rights at QUT: Last Action for the Year

A story that may not be a story

This may get a lot of airplay today depending on how convinced the Media unit at the Minister's office are. It is worth remembering that this is not the first time that the Sri Lankan Government has made claims of piracy by Tamil Asylum Seekers. The previous story died a sudden death when the merchant … Continue reading A story that may not be a story

Solidarity Concert: ‘VOICES FOR VICTORY’

A Benefit Concert for Workers at the Queensland Children’s Hospital Site On 2 October 2012 one of the longest and most important construction industry strikes in living memory ended in victory for the workers at the Queensland Children’s Hospital site (see over for details). Many of the workers and their families continue to suffer financial … Continue reading Solidarity Concert: ‘VOICES FOR VICTORY’

Hezbollah emerges as new threat for Syria rebels

BY:NICHOLAS BLANFORD From:The Times October 15, 2012 12:00AM A rebel holds a rocket-propelled grenade launcher near the Syrian city of Haleb. Source: AFP THE helicopter gunship, barely visible in the dawn haze, performed large circles above the Syrian border village of Jusiyah, seemingly confident it faced no threat from the rebel Free Syrian Army fighters below. As the … Continue reading Hezbollah emerges as new threat for Syria rebels

Booklaunch: Tony Kevin’s Reluctant Rescuers

Booklaunch this week, rally next week Where: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary St, West End. When: 6pm Wednesday 17th October. Entry: $5. RSVP: 3846 3422 or events@avidreader.com.au  . See Avid Reader website http://www.avidreader.com.au . Jointly hosted with the Refugee Action Collective. http://www.rac-qld.org Harsh measures directed at deterring asylum seekers are meant to “save lives at … Continue reading Booklaunch: Tony Kevin’s Reluctant Rescuers

Christians ’emptied from Middle East’

BY:ROWAN CALLICK From:The Australian October 06, 2012 12:00AM Syrian Christian abbess, Mother Agnes-Mariam de la Croix, pictured at St Patricks church in Melbourne during a visit to Australia. Picture: Stuart Mcevoy Source: The Australian THE mother superior of a 1500-year-old monastery in Syria warned yesterday during a visit to Australia that the uprising against Bashar al-Assad has been … Continue reading Christians ’emptied from Middle East’

English 2hard for base players

IN Australia, thousands  of  New South Wales high-school graduating students took their first HSC exam in English. Their results will determine their options for tertiary study.It was all too easy for the semi-quality newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald to come up with a story on a too-hard English exam. Read the full story HERE http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/hsc-english-exam-too-hard-says-top-teacher-20121016-27ob6.htmlorContinue reading English 2hard for base players

Is Australia breaking the “rules” of war

By Tony Reeves [War speech, Dan's 17 Group, Wednesday, 3 October 2012] THE deaths of five Australian soldiers in Afghanistan in August, bringing total Australian military casualties there to thirty-eight, has helped to re-kindled the debate about Australia's involvement in that gruesome war. A few bits of history: first, how it started. After the terrorist … Continue reading Is Australia breaking the “rules” of war

Don’t Block the Sun

Picture the good news: a third industrial revolution, powered by decentralized energy and massive digital connectivity. Picture the bad news: the residual institutions of the second industrial revolution, powered by oil and 20th century transportation habits, threaten to hold this third revolution back, maybe kill it. These were two future scenarios debated by industry leaders … Continue reading Don’t Block the Sun

Free Spirit soars

FREE!  Free at last! Not quite but Vision: The Reluctant Psychicis free this Saturday. The new paranormal crime drama is free Saturday, US time.You might want to set your world clock.http://www.timeanddate.com/wordclock/?n=47Mine has a default time of Brisbane, Australia. You might want to change that.Vision: The Reluctant Psychic is knocking on the heavenly door of Top … Continue reading Free Spirit soars