Smoke and terrors

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The day after Malcolm Turnbull took over as Prime Minister, defence minister (at the time) Kevin Andrews proudly announced that the Australian air force had for the first time “engaged a target” (if you don’t speak militarese, that means killed someone or blown something up) in Syria.

The news came too late for Tony Abbott. Just as he had been a year earlier in Iraq, Tony had been very keen to deploy troops to Syria. In fact, when Abbott announced that the US had asked for Australian support, Fairfax media reported that a source from the very leaky Liberal Party had told them Abbott had actually contacted Barack Obama and asked him to request Australian involvement in Syria.

Whether that report was true or not (I’m cynical enough to believe it possible), another war wasn’t enough to rescue Abbott from declining public and party confidence. But it’s worth remembering that…

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Cold War Overseas – How Suharto Won Power

How Suharto Won Power On October 1, 1965, Major-General Suharto made the decisive moves that allowed him 18 months later to displace President Sukarno and take supreme power in Indonesia. But the events of October 1 –the capturing and killing of senior Indonesian generals and the rapid and brutal response of the military, led by … Continue reading Cold War Overseas – How Suharto Won Power

G17 forum: ‘Avoiding the Black Hole – Can Queensland Transition away from Coal and Gas ?’

The October meeting of the 17 Group will take place onWednesday the 7th of October at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. The speaker will be award-winning energy expert and author Trevor Berrill. The topic is: “Avoiding the Black Hole – Can Queensland Transition away from Coal and Gas?” Summary … Continue reading G17 forum: ‘Avoiding the Black Hole – Can Queensland Transition away from Coal and Gas ?’

Free and unlimited water to mining companies? NO WAY!

Today's news is the ALP State Government is considering back-flipping on its promise to stop mining companies getting free and unlimited, precious groundwater: http://www.lockthegate.org.au/state_government_wants_to_give_miners_unlimited_rights_to_take_precious_groundwater Come along to this event at Deputy Premier Jackie Trad's office tomorrow and let the government know why this is a disastrous idea, both for the farmers and the environment. Add … Continue reading Free and unlimited water to mining companies? NO WAY!

Community assemblies still strong on Sydney and Brisbane wharves

Ships are loading at Hutchison's Port Botany in Sydney, as the lockout of key unionists continues. Each day at breaks, and after shifts, workers join the community assembly. Most would prefer it if no ships were moving, but the MUA knows it's dealing with a company with $700 billion turnover a year, that could simply … Continue reading Community assemblies still strong on Sydney and Brisbane wharves

How Labor governs in Queensland

'And to the victor, the spoils' -- Sir Jack Egerton as he went to serve on the board of QANTAS (then publicly owned) in 1972 Egerton was a former Qld Trades & Labour Council President & Federal ALP vice-President [Publisher’s Note:  In the early 1990s the Goss Labor government 'corporatised' public assets including ports, power … Continue reading How Labor governs in Queensland

Infringement notice for setting up PA withdrawn by BCC

In June 2015 the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) and members of the Brisbane Aboriginal community in CAMP RESISTANCE made the following call: The conservative governments are continuing their brutal attacks on Aboriginal people with the forced closures of Aboriginal communities. Living on country and practicing our culture is not a lifestyle choice! Let's … Continue reading Infringement notice for setting up PA withdrawn by BCC

Foco Nuevo in October

8pm Friday 2 Oct Kurilpa Hall, West End 174 Boundary Street, West End, Brisbane, Australia 4101 The monthly concert hosted by Jumping Fences BAERG-ROESELI | INNES CAMPBELL | JUMPING FENCES $10/$7 BYO Cakes Tea and Coffee available Start the long weekend with a night of live music! Baerg-Roeseli: This Brisbane-based Swiss yodel and folkloric group … Continue reading Foco Nuevo in October

Lessons from Greece

You are invited to attend: Lessons from Greece: Workers' Liberty London ForumThursday, October 15, 2015 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Lucas Arms Pub, Grays Inn Road, WX1C8QY 0207 394 8923 // awl The election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader has electrified working-class, socialist politics in Britain. A government of the left is now … Continue reading Lessons from Greece

Transitioning Queensland to Clean Energy

Our Sunshine State has a world class solar resource, and good wind, wave and biomass resources. So people often ask me, “What would it take for Queensland to transition away from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy (RE), combined with energy efficiency. Is it technically and economically possible to do this?” The answer to the last question is a resounding yes! The answer to the earlier question is explained here.

Nauru women on 7.30 REPORT tonight

Why so many are signing the petition- please consider https://www.change.org/p/prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull-the-hon-bill-shorten-an-open-letter-from-the-women-of-australia-to-prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull/share?utm_medium=email&utm_source=notification&utm_campaign=new_petition_recruit Dear All, The 7.30 report will be doing a harrowing report about sexual assaults on Nauru women tonight. There should be an ABC online story going up some time this afternoon. Ian __._,_.___

Who will speak at Zionist lunch?

[Latest News: Professor Frazer says he is not attending the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce lunch ... he will be in Canberra on this day. Strangely, Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce website claims Frazer is a keynote speaker at the event advertised? And what about the others listed to speak :- Prof. Frank Gannon, Director and CEO, … Continue reading Who will speak at Zionist lunch?

Tribute to Jagera man and to sovereignty

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landRights2 copyParadigm Shift (4zzz fm 102.1 fridays at noon) 25 Sep 2015
A tribute to Kevin Vieritz, a proud Jagera  man.
Murrumu bedazzles Cairns court on the failings of the Australian constitution.
Announcer: Ian Curr
Photo: Brendon Qu

Vale Kevin Vieritz (1958 – 2015)
Introduction
I met Kevin in the last three years of his life. There is one important story I wish to tell; it is Kevin’s story for without him the fight to save the sacred fire that drew us into common cause would never have happened. While I knew him for only three years I learnt some important lessons from our struggle against the state and local government’s refusal to permit the sacred fire in Musgrave Park during that time.
As many would know Musgrave Park (named after an interloper, the Governor of Queensland, Sir Anthony Musgrave K.C.M.G. in 1884 ) has a special significance for aboriginal people…

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Foco Nuevo in October

Foco Nuevo in October 2nd October, 2015 8.00 pm Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary Street, West End (map) Start the long weekend with a night of live music at Foco Nuevo! Our guests this month are Baerg-Roeseli and Innes Campbell. Hope to see you next Friday, Lachlan and Sue. Baerg Roeseli: This Brisbane-based Swiss yodel and … Continue reading Foco Nuevo in October

Book Launch: “The Intervention – an Anthology”

Nowhere is this more pronounced than in the Northern Territory where Aboriginal people have now lived under the Intervention for eight years with its consequent disempowerment of Aboriginal communities. In 2012 the Intervention was rebadged and extended for ten years (Stronger Futures and other related package of three laws). This imposed further punitive controls over Aboriginal peoples of the N.T.

Sexual violence against refugees: petition to Prime Minister

It is amazing - over 4000 in as many days Can we make it 5 or more Please ask your friends family Just yesterday a woman from Nauru said to me "we gave our life to save our life"- it took me hours to see exactly what she meant. Please we cannot let the sexual … Continue reading Sexual violence against refugees: petition to Prime Minister

Queensland Mines: privatise profits, socialise losses

Industry insider warns taxpayers may foot bill for mine rehabilitation unless government, industry step up An environmental scientist who works with the mining industry has broken ranks to warn that Australian taxpayers will be left with a bill running into tens of billions of dollars unless government and industry start taking mine rehabilitation seriously. Dr … Continue reading Queensland Mines: privatise profits, socialise losses

Days of Hope

I remember sometime in the 1977/8 there was a showing of Ken Loach’s Days of Hope … it was at Kelvin Grove teachers college (now QUT). I sat there engrossed by the content of the series that mapped struggles against conscription in Britain during World War I, following the characters lives right up until the … Continue reading Days of Hope

Religious Diversity and a Culture of Peace

A CONVERSATION WITH FARKHANDA CHAUDHRY (MBE), International Woman of the Year 2005, Switzerland. Speaking on Religious Diversity and a Culture of Peace Date: Monday 5TH October 2015- (This is a Public Holiday) 4-6PM 80 BOUNDARY RD. BARDON Bus 475, Stop 17 and Great Circle Bus Stuartholme stop Farkhanda Chaudhry, is of Pakistani heritage, her family … Continue reading Religious Diversity and a Culture of Peace

The Bloodhouse

The Bloodhouse in the February 1978 edition of Film News Publisher's Note: The plight of the migrants in Wollongong depicted in Garry Lane's film 'The Bloodhouse' (shown below) makes me think of refugees fleeing Syria today with the prospect of ending up as cheap labour somewhere in Europe ... when they are not being tear … Continue reading The Bloodhouse

Breaking the Border Force Act – speaking from Manus Island

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Mother washing clothes on Manus Island

Jacob Rice worked as a teacher in the Manus Island detention centre.

Under the Border Force Act Jacob is risking arrest by speaking about the conditions in the detention centre, but he spoke with the Paradigm Shift [4zzz fm 102.1 fridays at noon] about the conditions for the detainees, about what it’s like for teachers trying to do their job there and about speaking the truth.

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Jacob Rice worked as a teacher in the Manus Island detention centre. Under the Border Force Act he is risking arrest by speaking about the conditions in the detention centre, but he spoke with the Paradigm Shift about the conditions for the detainees, about what it’s like for teachers trying to do their job there and about speaking the truth.

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Qld Nuke-Free & Peace events

Peace and Nuclear-Free Friends: important upcoming events… Action today: Stop bombing Syria! Join me in lamentation and hope for the people of Syria. 5pm. TODAY. Weds Sept 16. King George Square. ‪#‎dontbombsyria ‪#‎syria http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/09/16/australian-jets-carry-out-first-airstrikes-inside-syria-us __oOo__ Sept 21: International Day of Peace 4TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE BRISBANE LECTURE ~ free event ~ Keynote address … Continue reading Qld Nuke-Free & Peace events

Coal Comfort

COAL COMFORT: How Big Coal bought a government & trashed the environment Guest speakers: Kristen Lyons Drew Hutton, Murrawah Johnson Anthony Esposito THURSDAY 17 SEPT 7PM @ ETU 41 Peel St, South Brisbane Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin, Queensland, is experiencing divestment from big banks, a strong message of caution from … Continue reading Coal Comfort

Who is fighting the ‘War on Terror’?

I made the argument that, at least since September 2001 and the declaration of the “war on terror,” the defeat of al-Qaeda and its affiliates has been a publicly stated national interest of the United States. This certainly has been the way it has been presented by almost continuous government pronouncements and media stories dedicated to this “war” over the years.

Kiribati youth group responds to Australian government arrogance over rising sea levels

Today, Monday 14 Sep 2015 at 12:00pm Parliament House, Brisbane George St, Brisbane, Australia 4000 Hello and Mauri, We (QLD Kiribati Community Youth) are organising a demonstration in front of QLD parliament on Monday Sept 14 not just for us I-Kiribati but also for our brothers and sisters of the pacific islands. In light of … Continue reading Kiribati youth group responds to Australian government arrogance over rising sea levels