Monthly Archives: January 2014

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Call for help as cyclone hits Tonga

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Be it climate change or not, this unseasonal cyclone has caused widespread destruction to the South Pacific archipelago of Tonga. The people are resilient and will re-build after the destruction caused by the storm. Like indigenous people everywhere they are … Continue reading

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The Truth about Israel’s secret nuclear arsenal

(Uncharacteristically, overnight this story has already slipped from view on the Guardian pages! Such a thoroughly well researched and extensive article would normally be there on their front page for quite a while. It also disappeared from their Middle East … Continue reading

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Thou shalt not steal – Coal Miners invade Gamilaraay country

Coal Miners invade Gamilaraay country Traditional owner Paul Spearim speaks with environmental engineer Trevor Berrill and PShift’s Ian Curr about moves by Whitehaven Coal, Idemitsu, Boggabri Coal and Santos to invade Gamilaraay country and to destroy the environment in the process. … Continue reading

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A reminder for the 60% who want harsher conditions for asylum seekers

We have a perfect challenge to the 60% plus of Australians who want harsher conditions for asylum seekers. As we struggle in 40 degree heat with air-conditioners, unlimited showers and baths, fans , swimming pools and unlimited drinking water, we … Continue reading

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Christmas Island doctors’ concern

[Editor’s note: Please find the long a detailed letter published in the Guardian together with the comments by Pamela Curr, a trained nurse and midwife. Read closely about ‘pregnant women being sent offshore to Nauru and lest we forget that … Continue reading

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Detention centre conditions toughening up

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Dear Refugee Supporters, We are seeing changed conditions in the MITA (Melbourne immigration Transit Accommodation) which are clearly designed to frighten and  intimidate the people inside. Directions have been given and are now being implemented. Sudden early morning room searches … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia, France make their move in Lebanon

The Saudi decision to give $3 billion in aid to the Lebanese army to purchase French weapons and ammunition came as a surprise to both supporters and opponents of the move. The amount is the highest ever to the army, but the most alluring aspect … Continue reading

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Reporting the Brisbane G20: A Panel Discussion

BFU Presents: Reporting the Brisbane G20: A Panel Discussion Brisbane Free University invites you to a panel discussion in anticipation of the G20 Summit that will be held in Brisbane in November this year. Potential topics for discussion include how … Continue reading

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Operation Talisman Saber Charges dismissed

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Charges Dismissed Against War Resisters Monday 6th Jan 2014 Four people charged with blocking the gates of Rockhampton army base during the largest US military exercises in the Southern hemisphere had their charges dismissed after the prosecution failed to proceed … Continue reading

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Gomeroi elders pull no punches on Whitehaven coal

From Gomeroi Traditional Owners Gomeroi people protest at Whitehaven Coal office Gomeroi Traditional Owners will this morning hold a protest at the Whitehaven Coal office in Boggabri after what the Elders describe as Whitehaven’s failure to respect burial sites and … Continue reading

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Words of Struggle – a night of revolutionary hip-hop and spoken word

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Red Flag presents Words of Struggle II A night of revolutionary music and radical spoken word Friday, 31st of January @ 7:30pm Kurilpa Hall, 174 Boundary Road West End You are invited to a radical night of revolutionary spoken word … Continue reading

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Australia reaches two million small-scale renewable energy installations

FYI – almost a quarter of Aust homes now with solar PV – even higher number if you include solar hot water. Electricity consumption from coal and gas has fallen across Aust in the past 3 years so sales of … Continue reading

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More shire amalgamations – this time in northern NSW

Editor’s Note: When Will they learn? NSW authorities are proposing amalgamations on shires that have little in common. This is despite the failure  shire amalgamations by QLD governments. There were forced amalgamation in  2007 and then failed de-amalgamations in 2013. … Continue reading

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Peace activists arrested for standing on public road

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Talisman Saber Peace activist charges dropped

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January 6 – Talisman Saber Peace activist charges dropped All charges related to Talisman Saber peace protests have been dropped. Four Brisbane peace activists appeared in the Rockhampton court today for charges related to blocking the entrance to the Rockhampton … Continue reading

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Why Lebanese are coming in boats

This film clip from Human Rights Watch explains (why Lebanese are coming in boats) Abbott and Morrison claim that they  (Lebanese) are ‘economic refugees’ and have sent Lebanese community leaders out to tell people not to come. I remember a … Continue reading

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Activists face Rockhampton court: Talisman Saber 2013 arrests

Peace Activists face court over Talisman Saber arrests January 6, 2014 Rockhampton Magistrate’s Court 9am Peace and Remembrance Vigil 8:30 am outside the Rockhampton Magistrates Court Four Brisbane peace activists will appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court at 9am Monday, … Continue reading

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Bringing back Dundalli – Aboriginal Warrior

They are still around though their culture changed No battle scars or initiation marks on their black chest New battle fields to enter and fights to conquer Still Aboriginal warriors are amongst the best. Pen and paper are now the … Continue reading

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2013: Our Hottest Year – what we can do

Dear , I hope you’re coping ok with the heat. Today the Bureau of Meteorology announced that 2013 was the hottest year in Australia’s recorded history. It’s worth checking out their climate statement here. From a sweltering summer to a … Continue reading

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PShift: Songs of Protest in 2013

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” ― Bertolt Brecht A collection of protest songs broadcast on PShift (4zzz fm 102.1 noon on fridays) – 3 Jan 2014 (compiled by … Continue reading