Workers Against Slavery: 10 December London Forum

[Publisher’s Note: Today, most of the low paid jobs in the hospitality industry in the USA belong to Hispanics and blacks who get paid about $5 an hour. Calls for a living wage of $15 an hour are shouted down as being communistic. You don’t have to have slavery when you can buy labour at … Continue reading Workers Against Slavery: 10 December London Forum

Climate Change march ‘lifts morale’?

Reports from the march: "When the head of the march was at South Bank the tail was still at Queens Park." "Big lift to morale" "What numbers?  .... reply 10,000 people" One sign says 'Give fossil fuels the arse' and has a big pink bum on it. Action of Climate Change Rally: "Almost everything about … Continue reading Climate Change march ‘lifts morale’?

Portugal Socialist Leader Antonio Costa Named Prime Minister

The new government is expected to be sworn in this week as the leftist parties vowed to scale back on privatization and end austerity. Portuguese Leftist leader Antonio Costa was named as prime minister by President Anibal Cavaco Silva, allowing the leftist coalition in the parliament to form government and ending weeks of political crisis … Continue reading Portugal Socialist Leader Antonio Costa Named Prime Minister

‘Bucket loads of extinguishment’ of Native Title to assist Adani Mine

"I wonder how he (Barry Broe) kept his job" - sacked public servant. Here are some key points (some missed, some not) in the article by the ABC (below) : When Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating introduced the Native Title Act many aboriginal leaders predicted 'bucket loads of extinguishment' of Land Rights for Aboriginal people. … Continue reading ‘Bucket loads of extinguishment’ of Native Title to assist Adani Mine


Front door for kids at Melbourne MITA camp- renovation completed Tell Senate NO to More force Bill Pamela Curr ASRC Refugee Rights Advocate Let’s close Nauru and Manus and bring people to safety in Australia #RightThingToDo ASRC is on the land of the Wurundjeri & Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation

Rights of the Aboriginal Australians in the Commonwealth: Treaties needed in Australia

‘concerned Australians’ ('cA') 'cA' has received overnight the attached media release from the Berlin Office of the NGO the Society For Threatened Peoples (STP), calling on the Australian Government to form clear agreements and to enter "credible dialogue to treaty/ies with the Aboriginal Australians." This has occurred in the lead up to this weekend's Commonwealth … Continue reading Rights of the Aboriginal Australians in the Commonwealth: Treaties needed in Australia

Final chapter in my 2015 Talisman Sabre resistance

I just got back from Rockhampton, after court yesterday. Here is a brief report. It was a good day all in all I think. Four friends drove up with me and a few from Rockhampton joined us. We had banners and placards outside court for the whole trial and handed out leaflets. The magistrate got … Continue reading Final chapter in my 2015 Talisman Sabre resistance

Foco Nuevo in December

Our final Foco Nuevo for 2015! It will be a wonderful way to end the year, with our two guest acts, Farmer Brett and Crooked Foot, and 3 Miles from Texas. Kurilpa Hall, West End 174 Boundary Street, West End, Brisbane, Australia 4101  Friday, December 4 at 8:00pm Farmer Brett & Crooked Foot is a … Continue reading Foco Nuevo in December

West Papua Flag raising

> > Flag Raising for West Papua Independence day - Brisbane > 4.30pm singing practise > 5.00pm- 6pm Vigil > King George Square Tuesday December 1st 2015 > > > On December 1st, 1961, West Papua raised its flag and celebrated its independence as a united nation. Unfortunately it wasn't to last long. Within a … Continue reading West Papua Flag raising

Red Alert for Byron Shire

Say no more to Open Sores If developers get their way Would make Byron Shire like Gaza The most populated land on earth! [PN: Received this urgent note from Jim Beatson, a resident of Byron Shire. The poem and images are mine. - Ian Curr, November 2015.] Most of us in Byron Shire have our … Continue reading Red Alert for Byron Shire

Loss of life on ‘Rio Doce’ down to BHP Billiton

Los Justos - The Righteous - Lamed Wufniks Un hombre que cultiva su jardín, como quería Voltaire A man who cultivates his garden, as Voltaire wished El que agradece que en la tierra haya música He who is grateful for the existence of music El que descubre con placer una etimología He who takes pleasure … Continue reading Loss of life on ‘Rio Doce’ down to BHP Billiton

Shoalwater Peace Pilgrim on trial in Rockhampton

Shoalwater Peace Pilgrim aims to put war on trial Wednesday 25th November 2015 Rockhampton Court House, Rockhampton “Peace Pilgrim”, Jim Dowling, goes to trial today for being part of a group of 16 people who occupied Shoalwater Bay Military base in July this year. In groups of two and three, and calling themselves “Peace Pilgrims”, … Continue reading Shoalwater Peace Pilgrim on trial in Rockhampton

Violence results from lack of veto against mining in Native Title process

Gomeroi people gathered outside the signing of a Native Title Agreement in Tamworth before being moved on by police. -ABC News: Kerrin Thomas 23 November 2015 Ghillar, Michael Anderson, Convenor of the Sovereign Union, Head of State of the Euahlayi Republic and co-founder of the 1972 Aboriginal Embassy said from Tamworth: Today is a sad … Continue reading Violence results from lack of veto against mining in Native Title process

Copyright in the Internet Age – Unlikely Weapon in International Trade Diplomacy

Last Meeting and Break-up of the 17 Group for 2015 will be held amid more than usual festive rejoicings on Wednesday the 2nd of December at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. The meeting will be addressed by Professor Tom Cochrane on the topic “Copyright in the Internet Age – … Continue reading Copyright in the Internet Age – Unlikely Weapon in International Trade Diplomacy

Word Bombs

Kurilpa Poets Ends Year with a Blast! WORD BOMBS!! 2pm, Sunday 29th November, 2015 “the artist, and particularly the poet, is always an anarchist in the best sense of the word. he must heed only the call that arises within him from three strong voices: the voice of death, with all its foreboding, the voice … Continue reading Word Bombs

Fracking our National Parks?

There are plans to frack for shale gas in Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, in the Northern Territory. Watarrka is a rugged and beautiful place, a sacred significant landscape for the Traditional Owners, and an international tourist icon for Australia.But in the Northern Territory, not all National Parks are protected from mining, and Palatine Energy … Continue reading Fracking our National Parks?

NSW govt sells power station worth $556M for $1M

Publishers Note: The NSW Govt gave Delta Electricity $556M to keep Vales Point coal fired power station runnning. It has now sold it for $1M to coal billionaires. By doing so it claws back some of the half a billion dollars it spent the station. But who will pay for its future De-commissioning? The article … Continue reading NSW govt sells power station worth $556M for $1M

‘New Deal’ socialism making a come-back?

“At the heart of Roosevelt’s (New Deal) program was the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, which greatly strengthened the hand of unions, essential parts of every welfare-capitalist order in the twentieth century, from Scandinavia to Canada." "(Bernie) Sanders, astonishingly, didn’t once mention unions in his Georgetown (New Deal) speech. Roosevelt proposed a maximum income … Continue reading ‘New Deal’ socialism making a come-back?

Joe Hill – 100 years

My Will is easy to decide
 For there is nothing to divide.
 My kin don't need to fuss and moan
 "Moss does not cling to rolling stone."
 My body? — Oh! — If I could choose
 I would to ashes it reduce
 And let the merry breezes blow
 My dust to where some flowers grow.
 Perhaps some fading flower then
 Would come to life and bloom again.
 This is my Last and Final Will —
 Good Luck to All of you,
                        Joe Hill
Joe Hill

Many people in Australia were affected by the Wobblies, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). They ran anti-conscription campaigns and organised in Brisbane in the early 1900s.  Ernie Lane the author of ‘Dawn to Dusk – reminiscences of a rebel’ was a local wobbly. The Communist Party of Australia had quite a few wobblies when it was founded in the early 1920s. Paradigm Shift looks at the legacy.


Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift 4zzz fm 102.1 friday 20 Nov 15

On the 100th anniversary of Joe Hill’s execution, Andy and Ian discuss his legacy.

Andy interviews a local wobbly, Asger who says that the Industrial Workers of the World are revolutionary, grassroots, international, working class organisations. They resist hierarchies and work among the casualised and fast food workers.

Ian read out their an excerpt from the IWW constitution:

“The working class and the employing class have nothing in common … between these classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organise as a class, take possession of the earth and the machinery of production and abolish the wage system.”

They play a collection of Joe Hill Songs.

Phil Ochs – Joe Hill
This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb – The preacher and the slave
This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb – Rebel girl
Pete Seeger –…

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“Labour and revolution” dayschool

LABOUR AND REVOLUTION: class struggle, socialist politics and the Corbyn movement A dayschool organised by Workers' Liberty, to discuss the ideas we need to take the new left in the labour movement forward. 12-6pm, Saturday 28 November University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6XA 12 Opening contributions: What's the left for? 12.40 Workshops i) … Continue reading “Labour and revolution” dayschool

Shock to Aboriginal Adnyamathanha Camp Law Mob – the selection of Barndioota as nuclear dump site

[Publisher’s Note: Federal government still not listening.]


Nuclear Australia


Response from the Adnyamathanha Camp Law Mob regarding the Federal Resources Minister’s announcement of 3 sites nominated for a nuclear waste dump in South Australia.

The Adnyamathanha Camp Law Mob are a group of Adnyamathna people who meet regularly to discuss issues relating to our land and culture.

The Camp Law mob share this message on behalf of all Adnyamathanha people and other South Australians who are opposed to any further expansion of the nuclear industry.  We have taken part in the SA Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission, and our views along with many others are clearly stated in our submission that we do not support any expansion of a nuclear industry this includes the imposition of a radioactive waste dump on Adnyamathana country at Barndioota.

We are shocked to hear on Friday 13th November 2015 that one of the 3 nominated sites in South Australia for a national nuclear…

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Just Peace Qld supports the Brisbane Peoples Climate March

"The Paris Climate Summit is, in a sense, a peace summit -- perhaps the most important peace summit that has ever been held." Join us at Queens Park, corner of Elizabeth and George street in the Brisbane CBD, at 9:30am on Saturday 28th November, as we stand together for a better, safer, and fairer future … Continue reading Just Peace Qld supports the Brisbane Peoples Climate March

Joe Hill Lives! 100 Years since his execution

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the execution of Joe Hill, a US labour organiser and songwriter whose legacy lives on, and stands as an inspiration to all who struggle for workers’ rights. Joe Hill’s legacy extends to Australia, where some of his ashes were scattered. The song “I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last … Continue reading Joe Hill Lives! 100 Years since his execution

Transfield/Wilson stop profiting from abuse

[Publisher's Note: Lowenstein also discusses Transfield/Wilson Security in his book disaster capitalism and supports a divestment campaign against them. Attempts under FOI legislation, to obtain the head contract between Australian Government, Transfield (Broadspectrum) and Wilson security was rejected by the Department of Immigration. - Ian Curr] ‘There’s no reason, apart from corporate Stockholm Syndrome, to … Continue reading Transfield/Wilson stop profiting from abuse

4ZZZ on this day in December

December 8th Dec 1975 It’s our 40th birthday!! 14 Dec 1988 On this day in 1988, at 4.17am – Executive members of the UQ Student Council and four security guards served immediate eviction notice on graveyard announcers Mark Solway and Stefan Armbruster. 4ZZZ had been taken off air. Within hours we were making emergency broadcasts … Continue reading 4ZZZ on this day in December