Film archive reveals two decades that changed Brisbane (1965 – 1985)

The Radical Times Historical archive includes films such as: The Long March (1974), The Whole World is Watching (1981), Manufacturing Dissent (1996) and We Fight (1982). These are only some of the 61 films contained in this archive. Another film is a discussion between Sam Watson and Dennis Walker about Land Rights Struggle from the … Continue reading Film archive reveals two decades that changed Brisbane (1965 – 1985)

Laura Street: The Haze (between day and night)

[Publisher's Note: Perhaps developers eyeing off West End & Highgate Hill should think again. And while I'm at it, the board rooms of corporate Australia should reconsider their attacks on workers rights. Phil Monsour has built up an archive of music videos that support these struggles and others.] https://youtu.be/owkORfIdj6A “100 days” is an acoustic flavoured … Continue reading Laura Street: The Haze (between day and night)

We have no country, we want our land, our children

Paradigm Shift Summer of 16 4ZZZ fm 102.1 on 29 Jan 2016

Paradigm Shift

[Ian and Andy on Paradigm Shift 29 Jan 2016 4zzz fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon]

A round up of stories from the summer of 2016

  1. Grandmothers Against Removals Sydney
  2. Ode to Dundalee
  3. Use of Bail for Political Reasons
  4. George Mann Union Maid @ Illawarra Folk Club

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Grandmothers Against Removals Sydney [GMAR] and supporters will protest outside Family and Community Services [FACS] in Strawberry Hills at 12.30pm today to demand the immediate return of Aboriginal children forcibly removed from a Queensland family and placed in out-of-home care in Sydney.

Kukulangi Grandmother and founder of Brisbane Sovereign Grannies Group, Aunty Karen Fusi, will address the protest to demand a meeting with FACS for the return of her grandchildren. She says she was not even notified when her grandchildren were removed.

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Cherries ripe for picking, pickers ripe for organising

Cherry growers in the Adelaide Hills have had a bumpy ride over the last few years. Cherry production yields in a particular season have varied significantly due to unexpected changes in the weather combined with the ruthless price reduction demands for cherries by the big retailers Coles and Woolworths. However this recent season, Adelaide Hills … Continue reading Cherries ripe for picking, pickers ripe for organising

We have no country, we want our land, our children

Grandmothers Against Removals Sydney [GMAR] and supporters will protest outside Family and Community Services [FACS] in Strawberry Hills at 12.30pm today to demand the immediate return of Aboriginal children forcibly removed from a Queensland family and placed in out-of-home care in Sydney. https://youtu.be/hu2iLLbOrzM Kukulangi Grandmother and founder of Brisbane Sovereign Grannies Group, Aunty Karen Fusi, … Continue reading We have no country, we want our land, our children

Foco Nuevo: Special Event – Celebrate the Labour Movement in Song

Friday, 5th February, 2016 8.00 pm Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary Street, West End (map) Foco Nuevo presents touring US musician George Mann with the Combined Unions Choir and Jumping Fences in this special event, celebrating the labour movement in song. Hope to see you on Friday, Lachlan and Sue. George Mann: US-based singer/ songwriter/ activist … Continue reading Foco Nuevo: Special Event – Celebrate the Labour Movement in Song

Ergon workers defy Qld ALP’s Debt Action Plan

Whilst the management of Ergon may well be a pack of bastards these attacks on working conditions and qualities of services arise from the failing strategy of the ALP government to address the symptoms of a global crisis of capitalism. As difficult as it seems it is the latter we need to overcome – which means resisting and opposing the former.

War Chronicle 28-Jan-2016

1. In Libya U.S. and some European allies are about to take on ISIS 2A. US & Turkey eyeing military operation in Syria against ISIS if peace talks fail 2B. Is Turkey preparing to invade Syria? (Video)  2C. Russian Marines expand into east Aleppo  2D. Is the Pentagon Preparing for an All-Out Offensive in Syria?  2E. Turkish … Continue reading War Chronicle 28-Jan-2016

Snap Protest at FACS

No more! FACS is tearing families apart: we are fighting back! Grandmothers Against Removals (GMAR) have called an urgent protest: Friday 29th January 2016 12.30pm Family and Community Services- FACS- Office Corner of Chalmers St and Cleveland St Strawberry Hills The recently formed GMAR Sydney group is targeting this FACS office for it’s ongoing role … Continue reading Snap Protest at FACS

The New Inequality Debate

[Publisher's Note: For those interested in seeing how tensions within the small "l" liberals in the US are working themselves out.] More mainstream economists now find that the income mal-distribution reflects the political sway of elites, not economic imperatives. This article appears in the Winter 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine. More and more mainstream economists … Continue reading The New Inequality Debate

Latest Productivity Commision report on workplace relations

Here are recent publications of the report of the Productivity Commission into workplace relations in Australia may set the scene for workers struggles over the next few years. See attached here a 4 page summary of the recommendations prepared by the Qld Council of Unions to provide background for union delegates and organisers. Also attached … Continue reading Latest Productivity Commision report on workplace relations

G17: Behind the never-ending joke – Police and political corruption in Queensland

The first meeting of the 17 Group for 2016 will be held on Wednesday the 3rd of February at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. It will be addressed by best-selling author Matthew Condon on the topic: 7 past six years researching the life and times of former Police Commissioner … Continue reading G17: Behind the never-ending joke – Police and political corruption in Queensland

Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Grannies will rally at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra

The Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Grannies Group is the local chapter of the national network Grandmothers Against Removals (GMAR) which is led by Aboriginal families directly affected by the forced removal of children by child welfare agencies. On February 11, 2016, GMAR will rally at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra and march on Parliament House … Continue reading Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Grannies will rally at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra

Bashed in custody: Justice now for 11-year-old Denzel

We have no country We are refugee, aborigine This is a country of words Cell door, concrete floor Ian Curr On 22 December three prison guards at Wacol Youth Detention Centre in Brisbane brutally bashed 11-year-old Aboriginal boy Denzel, leaving him hospitalised. Denzel’s father Morris described the extent of the injuries at a protest rally … Continue reading Bashed in custody: Justice now for 11-year-old Denzel

Vale Harley West

Harley Robert John West  (11 Dec 1951 - 17 Jan 2016) Why don't you work like other men do Now, how can I work when there's no work to do Hallelujah, I'm a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us a handout to revive us again                          HALLELUJAH! I'M A BUM                          Harry McClintock                          … Continue reading Vale Harley West

MV Portland crew and MUA fight for all workers

  Alice M. The two month struggle by the crew of MV Portland and their union, the Maritime Union of Australia, with the US-based multinational miner and steel producer Alcoa, points to a long fight ahead for the working class and its allies in Australia. (See the fantastic youtube at end of article) It’s a fight … Continue reading MV Portland crew and MUA fight for all workers

Aiding and Abetting Terrorism

to letters Dear Editor, Australian politicians visiting Israel may find themselves in breach of the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill given that Israel openly admits assisting al Nusra front terrorists. Former IDF colonel Miri Eisen, stated that Israel had treated about 1,000 injured terrorists and had rebuilt the shattered jaw of their deputy commander, … Continue reading Aiding and Abetting Terrorism

War Chronicle 21-Jan-2016

[Digest from All Born Equal Rights on the war without end] (1) Syria – Some Preliminary Positioning For An Endgame (while conflict mounts) (2) How Australia’s Colonial History Helps Shape Its Racist Approach to Syria (3) International Military Review – Syria, Jan. 18, 2016 (4) Patrick Lang on the Aleppo front; Uighurs in Syria’s Idlib … Continue reading War Chronicle 21-Jan-2016

Remembering Ellen Meiksins Wood

[Publisher's Note: Interesting insight into the New Left ... especially, for me, was the debate between Ellen Meiksins Wood and Robert Brenner about the origins of capitalism. Ian Curr, 21 Jan  2016] Ellen Meiksins Wood showed so many of us what it means to be a committed intellectual. Ellen Meiksins Wood in Berlin in 2012. … Continue reading Remembering Ellen Meiksins Wood

The New Movement to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Fifteen thousand, eight hundred nuclear weapons spread across 14 nations. One thousand, eight hundred ready to be launched within minutes of a warning. This is not the cold war, but the present reality – the daily existential threat with which we have learned to live. This podcast describes what has become known as the “humanitarian … Continue reading The New Movement to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Are you serious – Is this how Police should be responding ?

 Brisbane Aboriginal rights campaigners are calling for a Royal Commission into Police across the country following another incident of unnecessary aggressive behavior which shocked and upset many. A video of the incident  captured by a family member  and  shared  on Facebook has been viewed  629,000 times, with more than 11,000 shares. Veteran rights campaigner Sam … Continue reading Are you serious – Is this how Police should be responding ?

Support Petition to Change the Date of JJJ Hottest 100

SIGN AND SHARE NOW Triple J's Hottest 100 countdown is held on January 26th, the date marking the invasion of the First Fleet in 1788. The British flag was raised in Sydney Cove for the first time and this date is now celebrated as "Australia Day". While this day is full of fun-in-the-sun, flag-waving celebrations … Continue reading Support Petition to Change the Date of JJJ Hottest 100

Refugee EXAMPLE of Economic Competence in Nauru

Forgetting the moral and ethical issues for one moment - show this to hard nosed friends to illustrate the incompetence of the Australian Government and corruption of the Nauru Government. What a team- together they spent $26 million to produce this filthy broken down hospital. Imagine in whose pockets the money has gone and despair. … Continue reading Refugee EXAMPLE of Economic Competence in Nauru

Introducing Woolloongabba

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For many non-Queenslanders, Woolloongabba is probably one of the few Brisbane suburbs they could name. When the footy or cricket is on, it is the destination for thousands of people from around the country, but the rest of the time it is a pretty unglamourous place. The intersection of all those major roads means it is constantly bombarded with traffic noise, there are no parks, and no real central downtown area for people to congregate – the cul-de-sac at the end of Logan Rd is full of cafes but is hardly a social hub, same goes for the shopping apartment complex on the other side of Ipswich Rd.

The Gabba is a geographically big suburb where lots of people live; but carved up by the freeway and the busway, full of big warehouse style shops; it almost seems more like a thoroughfare than a place of its own.

Woolloongabba was…

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MUA Strike at Patricks in Melbourne

The Port of Melbourne is in the grip of three days of strikes, as dock workers shut down Australia's largest stevedoring business for the first time since the 1998 waterfront dispute. Strikes on Monday at Patrick Stevedores terminals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle follow separate strikes on Sunday by tugboat engineers. The tugboat strikes, resuming … Continue reading MUA Strike at Patricks in Melbourne

War Chronicles – January 2016

(1) Syrian Arab Army report on attack by 30 suicide bombers in al-Baghilea, Deir al-Zoor (2) Twilight of the rebels south of Damascus (3) Former Australian soldiers caught up in Yemen's civil war (4) International Military Review – Yemen, 14 Jan. 2016 (5) US supported rebels, including CIA recruited jihadists, losing the fight in Syria … Continue reading War Chronicles – January 2016

ISIS in Gaza

Publishers Note: WBT reposts this article by Sarah Helms from New York Review of Books | January 14, 2016. It analyses from a western perspective the effect of Israel's bombardment of Gaza and how post-Oslo* children in Gaza are recruited to Daesh and the response by Hamas, the political authority in Gaza. The Oslo Accord … Continue reading ISIS in Gaza