Monthly Archives: January 2019

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Protest Camp at Deebing Creek

Yuggerra Ugarapul traditional owners have set up a permanent camp on the Deebing Creek Mission site, where Frasers Property are proposing to clear over 100 hectares of bushland for a for-profit suburban sprawl development project. So far, they only have … Continue reading

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Yellow Shirts march the ‘Valley of Death’

Many years later, I met the woman’s sister who told me how aggressive her sister had been down through the years and that she was a junkie.
Even with the best political intentions, in times of civil unrest, there can be mad outcomes and events. In our own small way we tried for unity amidst chaos.

After two years and 3000 arrests the government finally relented and allowed us to march. However it took another 10 years before the government fell. But no government has been game to ban street marches since that time. Continue reading

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Why we must try to stop the demolition of the historic student union complex

The first meeting of the 17 Group for 2019 will take place on Wednesday the 6th ofFebruary at 7 pm in Unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End.  You have probably already heard of the project of the University of Queensland … Continue reading

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Lizard’s revenge at Roxby Downs

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‘Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.’ – George Orwell, Politics and the English Language. In 1977 the Fraser government issued Australia’s uranium decision supporting further … Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo in February

Friday, 1st February, 2019 Doors Open 7.00 pm — Music starts 7.30 pm Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary Street, West End (map)Welcome to our first Foco Nuevo for 2019! We hope that our supporters have enjoyed the festive season, and ready … Continue reading

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Toowoomba Housing Crisis update

Please email the Ministers to show your support for the tenants’ staying in their homes. Either write your own email or there’s a template below you can use that an Aunt, Aunty Christine has drafted from Sunshine Coast Greens. I’ve … Continue reading

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Trenchant critic gets Order of Australia medal

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Pamela Curr has received an Order of Australia Medal in the 2019 Invasion Day list. Pamela has spent the last 40 years fighting for the most marginalised in society, more than 10 of those years were at the Asylum Seeker … Continue reading

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Save Deebing Creek

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On this Australia Day 2019 long weekend it is vital that we recognise the on-going theft of Aboriginal land, this time at Deebing Creek near Ipswich. Deebing Creek Mission was a ‘Refuge’ to many during the beginning of the Holocaust … Continue reading

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Rosa lives!

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One hundred years ago this January, Rosa Luxemburg, revolutionary activist, essayist, intellectual, and leading figure of the Communist Party of Germany was assassinated. In the years since, her legacy has influenced revolutionary activists and thinkers around the world. In honour … Continue reading

Statement from organisations and collectives in Australia: the EZLN is not alone.

Resistance to Trumpism in Central America.

The Word From Struggle Street

25 January, 2019

To our comrades Zapatistas in Chiapas,

To our comrades in Mexico and in the world.

Some of us are old enough to remember the stunning images of indigenous rebels storming San Cristobal de Las Casas in 1994. We took in the reports with awe and excitement. These visions became emblematic of a wave of global struggles against late capitalism’s global trade plans and the subsequent impoverishment of the majority world’s peoples and lands. They captured the attentions of many different perspectives, under a banner of global resistance that continues to shape the world we know today.

Ten years later, some of us gathered together to form an organization in Australia aiming to think about Zapatista politics and critically engage with the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle. Most of us had never been to Mexico, let alone to the Zapatistas’ autonomous communities. This didn’t matter. We could…

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Voices of Resistance

***Media Release***
This is to let you know that Guniwaya Ngigu [We Fight], is to be screened nationally on NITV on 4th February at 7:30pm. The film was made by the Black Film Unit and is about the 1982 protests at the Commonwealth Games. After nearly 40 years this is the first time this landmark documentary has received any exposure on Australian TV or anywhere really. The screening of this film was made possible by the efforts of Peter Gray from Radical Times archive.

I did an interview yesterday with the director of the film, Madeline McGrady, see https://soundcloud.com/ian-curr/sets/guniwaya-ngigu-we-fight-a-film
Please contact iancurr@bigpond.com if you wish to download a copy.

You are welcome to use parts or all of the interview but please credit ‘Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at noon’.

The Black Film Unit was involved with three key productions during the active period of its existence: (1). “Welcome To Wee Waa – In Memory Of Eddie Murray” (1981/2) Unreleased (2). “We Fight” (“Guniwaya Ngigu”) (1982/3) Very limited release (3). “Fight For Your Rights – In Memory Of Cheeky McIntosh” (1982/3) Unreleased

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Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ fm 102.1 at noon 25 Jan 2019
Listen @ http://ondemand.4zzzfm.org.au/paradigm-shift

Shona and Craig present voices of resistance, defiance and truth-telling from some of the hundreds of sovereign nations across the continent of Australia. These stories are transmitted through song, through poetry, through music and through speaking up. 

We pay our respects to the traditional owners of the lands on which
we broadcast from. We acknowledge their elders, past, present and
emerging. We acknowledge sovereignty was never ceded.
We acknowledge the hundreds of massacres that took place across this
country and the ongoing killing and oppression of First Nations people.

And we acknowledge our own place in this structure of violent
invasion and occupation. We look to the voices you’ll hear today not
only to understand the oppression of First Nations peoples, but because
we in invader culture have been deprived of the basic human knowledge of
what…

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Palestinian boycott of Eurovision in Israel

We will be holding a protest action from 3:30pm to 7:30pm outside of the event. In support of the Palestinian cultural boycott call, we are urging SBS not to participate in or broadcast Eurovision 2019 from Israel and for participating artists to respect the boycott and not perform in Tel Aviv. Continue reading

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New alliance of Palestinian Left

Five Palestinian left-wing factions have announced a new democratic alliance aimed at breaking the political hegemony of Fatah and Hamas, but not everyone seems optimistic about it. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu MustafaA demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag during a protest near the Israel-Gaza border fence, southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 21, 2018. Continue reading

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Rally to save UQ Union Complex

Monday, February 25, 2019 at 1 PM – 2:30 PMSteps of the UQU Offices, St Lucia Campus The University of Queensland wants to demolish the UQ Union Building, the Refectory, the Relaxation Block, the Forum Area and the Schonell Theatre, … Continue reading

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NITV to screen historic land rights film

Landmark film Guniwaya Ngigu is scheduled to air nationally on NITV on 4th February at 7:30pm. It is about the 1982 protests at the Commonwealth Games from a Black perspective. [Formerly called WE FIGHT (Guniwaya Ngigu).] Guniwaya Ngigu is a … Continue reading

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IWD 2019 Brisbane

Watch the butcher shine his knives And this town is full of battered wives. – Streets of Your Town – Go Betweens 10am SAT 9 MARCH, EMMA MILLER PLACE, ROMA ST, CBD ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORT WOMEN’S LIBERATION ARE WELCOME … Continue reading

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Ciaron O’Reilly: Ecuadorian Embassy vigil for Julian Assange update

Greetings Friends from chilly London I’m presently bedding down on the pavement of Hans Crescent/KnightsbridgeLondon on this the 52nd Day if 24/7 solidarity with Julian Assange! U am 20 metres from Julian – held in UK 8 years without charge/6.4 … Continue reading

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Palestinian woman murdered in Melbourne

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Some say Melbourne is the Athens of the South. Not so this week. The theme for the 2019 International Women’s Day (IWD) is A Future Free of Men’s Violence Against Women. Sadly such pleas will not save Aiia Maasarwe, a … Continue reading

Victoria, Vulcana & Vindictiveness

Paradigm Shift 18 Jan 2019 (4ZZZ fm 102. Friday at Noon).

Victoria’s Vindictiveness
Ian interviews Victoria Brazil who booted 4ZZZ off campus at UQ on 14 December 1988.

No Trickery, no re-takes, no stand-ins 
How Vulcana survived without State or Federal funding.

Listen @ https://www.4zzzfm.org.au/program/paradigm-shift

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Jumping Fences – The Quiet of the Winter Moon & Distancia y latido*

*’Distancia y latido’ means distance and heartbeat (yearning) and was written by Cuban Frank Gonzalez whom Sue Monk and Lachlan Hurse met in Havanna during the 1990s. It is a contemporary bolero sung with beautiful intonation by Sue Monk.

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Victoria’s Eviction Vindictiveness
Interviewer: Can you please introduce yourself?
Victoria Brazil: My name is Victoria Brazil. I am Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at Bond University.

INTERVIEWER: Where did you study?

Victoria Brazil: Havard and Stanford Universities.

INTERVIEWER: No, I mean before that.

Victoria Brazil: I did my Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Queensland.

INTERVIEWER: When was that?

Victoria Brazil: That would have been in the late 1980s.

INTERVIEWER: Did you participate in any extra-curricula activities?

Victoria Brazil: Yes, I was President of the University of Queensland Student Union.

INTERVIEWER: Oh. How many members did the student union have in 1988?

Victoria Brazil: Not sure but off the top of my head about 20,000 members, I’d say.

INTERVIEWER: That many?

Victoria Brazil: Student unions were compulsory back then.

INTERVIEWER:What sort of business did the student union run?

Victoria Brazil: You mean like the refectory? Well, it had Clubs and Societies, a Medical Centre, a Crèche, a bar and of course it organised parties for the students.

INTERVIEWER: Didn’t it run an FM radio station called 4ZZZ?

Victoria Brazil: Oh yes, it did have that as well.

INTERVIEWER: Didn’t it run a newspaper called Semper Floreat?

Victoria Brazil: Yes, that too.

INTERVIEWER: Didn’t the student union run a cinema called the Schonell Theatre?

Victoria Brazil: I didn’t have much to do with the Schonell.

INTERVIEWER: But wasn’t the Schonell Theatre a big money spinner for the union putting on World Premiers like Woody Allen’s Annie Hall?

Victoria Brazil: Annie Hall was before my time; besides, I was too busy studying.

INTERVIEWER: What can you tell the listener about 4ZZZ?

Victoria Brazil: Not much.

INTERVIEWER: I’d like you to comment on this eviction notice you personally served on Darren a volunteer announcer doing the graveyard shift at 4ZZZ on 14th December 1988.

Victoria Brazil: I have no comment. That was 30 years ago, I’ve moved on.

INTERVIEWER: I’m wondering if you were in breach of the broadcasting act shutting down a radio station while it was operating.

Victoria Brazil: No comment.

INTERVIEWER: Wasn’t the eviction of the student radio station a cause célèbre at that time?

Victoria Brazil: There was a lot of fuss but, from memory, there was really not much to it.

INTERVIEWER: Didn’t hundreds of people turn up to defend the station that very morning?

Victoria Brazil: I don’t think it was that many. From memory I received legal advice that the station owed the union money and to be quite frank, the station was a rathole with all kinds of illegal activities going on there.

INTERVIEWER: Didn’t the station continue to broadcast from Mt Cootha after you locked them out of their premises and placed armed security guards at the entrance?

Victoria Brazil: I don’t recall what the station did.

INTERVIEWER: Didn’t student union members occupy your office in the UQ union complex until you withdrew your attempt to evict 4ZZZ.

Victoria Brazil: Yes, they climbed into my office through ceiling tiles. We entered into negotiations with the station for them to vacate their studios in a responsible manner.

INTERVIEWER: Who supported your attempt to evict the station.

Victoria Brazil: The Queensland government, Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen, and the University Senate.

INTERVIEWER: The University Senate is going to take a wrecking ball to where 4ZZZ studios once stood. They propose demolition of the whole UQ Union Complex: the forum area, the Schonell theatre, the refectory, and the union building. How do you feel about that?

Victoria Brazil: I can’t really comment, I work for a rival university … but remember this, if you are one of those horrid Triple Zed types, I won. Your precious station was booted out. You had no place there. I hope they leave no trace that you were ever there.

INTERVIEWER: I was one of the people who turned up to defend the station in December 1988. We were defending free speech and independent media. It is true, the station fell on hard times after it left UQ. Triple Zed was never perfect but at least we stand for something. We came out of the struggle against the Vietnam war and opposition to racist apartheid in South Africa. Before you were President the student union did support us and some time after the station left, so did the Communist Party by selling 4ZZZ its headquarters in Fortitude Valley at an affordable price. At least we are not at the mercy of a corporate University eager to turn its back on our heritage by demolishing a space that was theatre to democratic rights struggles against vile and reactionary governments.

Victoria Brazil: We left you nothing, you are nothing, you have no history, you can no longer rely upon the student union that squandered money on you for years. We stopped all that. [Hangs up].

Interviewer: That was one time President of the University of Queensland Student Union now Professor at Bond, a privately owned University on the Gold Coast. You are on 4ZZZ, still going strong in its 44th year as an independent radio broadcaster and 30 years after its eviction from the University of Queensland.

[In Victoria’s Vindictiveness, Victoria Brazil was played by Hectoria and the Interviewer by Ian]

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No Trickery, no re-takes, no stand-ins 
In 2012 Vulcana Women’s Circus lost all core state and federal funding. Vulcana is a Small Arts Sector (sas) organisation. For funding purposes SAS means ‘a small/medium organisation or individual arts practitioner’. To keep the doors open, it changed its income model. Vulcana no longer relies on core government funding.
In 2012, no one knew what was to come. Federally, over $300 million was taken from the Arts Sector between 2013 and 2016. In hindsight, the 2012 cuts foreshadowed the scope and nature of the cuts under Abbott and Brandis, Turnbull and Fifield. The 2012–’16 cuts; the 2015 raid on the Australia Council’s SAS funding pool; and the formation of Catalyst, using the plundered money, are all acts of political influence designed to erode artistic independence and erase freedom of expression protections. 
This 45-minute historical radio documentary uses Brisbane’s Vulcana Women’s Circus as a case study to explore the dogmatic changes forced on Australia’s Arts sector between 2012 and 2016 by consecutive conservative governments. Each act was one of unprecedented political interference in Australia’s Arts Sector.
Produced by Craig Garrett of Radio 4ZZZ, as part of the Out of the Box national arts journalism project.
Supervising production by Lia Tsamoglou (2ser).

Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift 18 Jan 2019 (4ZZZ fm 102. Friday at Noon).

Victoria’s Vindictiveness
Ian interviews Victoria Brazil who booted 4ZZZ off campus at UQ on 14 December 1988.

No Trickery, no re-takes, no stand-ins
How Vulcana survived without State or Federal funding.

Listen @ https://www.4zzzfm.org.au/program/paradigm-shift

Playlist
Jumping Fences – The Quiet of the Winter Moon & Distancia y latido*

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Interview with Victoria Brazil, former President of the University of Queensland Student Union.

Interviewer: Can you please introduce yourself?

Victoria Brazil: My name is Victoria Brazil. I am Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at Bond University.

INTERVIEWER: Where did you study?

Victoria Brazil: Havard and Stanford Universities.

INTERVIEWER: No, I mean before that.

Victoria Brazil: I did my Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Queensland.

INTERVIEWER: When was that?

Victoria Brazil: That would have been in the late 1980s.

INTERVIEWER: Did you participate…

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Big Shot

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Look what Hollywood did to ‘Big Shot’ You’ve seen the movie on Cinema del popolo @ The Great Flamarion. Now read the story on which it is based. Illustrations are from the movie Big ShotBy Vicki Baum BRANDT, THE SHARPSHOOTER, … Continue reading

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160 Macquarie Street

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RALLY AT #160, SUNDAY 2O JANUARY 4PM
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Venezuela – the parliamentary road?

Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ fm 102.1 11 Jan 2019, Friday at Noon.
On Thursday 10 Jan 2019 Nicholas Maduro was inaugurated as Venezuela’s President after closely fought elections with much violence on the streets. Leaders from Cuba, Bolivia and Georgia attended the swearing-in ceremony.

Ian talks with Eulalia Reyes de Whitney who is the convenor of the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network. Ian had fourteen issues he wished to address, they managed to cover five in a 40 minute live interview.

Central American states

  1. Presidential elections 2018
  2. US Embargo
  3. Violence on the streets
  4. The legacy of Hugo Chavez
  5. The parliamentary road

Elections in Venezuela
Eulalia has recently returned from her native country after an extended visit of 5 months. During her stay, Eulalia participated as an international observer in Venezuelan Presidential and regional elections. Eulalia presents eye-witness accounts of the situation in Venezuela today. She speaks of the resilience of its people facing a political crisis and U.S. economic embargoes on that country.

Despite the crisis in Venezuela, there is near silence in the mainstream media in Australia about the 2018 elections and, what coverage there is, aligns itself with reports from the Organisation of American states.

Typical coverage of Venezuelan crisis by Murdoch Press in Australia.

Eulalia Reyes is keen to invite people in Brisbane to discuss ways of solidarity with the Venezuelan Bolivarian Revolution.

Future Action
Eulalia made an open invitation to people to come to the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network at 1pm on Saturday 2 Feb 2019 at the Peace Centre in 102 McDonald Road Windsor. The meeting will discuss solidarity activities in 2019.

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Jumping Fences – Satellites
Harpes du Venezuela – El Pararillo
Ali Primera – Sangueo para el regreso

Paradigm Shift

In Venezuela President Maduro was inaugurated on Thursday 10 Jan 2019 after closely fought elections with much violence on the streets.

Ian talks with Eulalia Reyes de Whitney who is the convenor of the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network.

Eulalia has recently returned from her native country after an extended visit of 5 months. During her stay, Eulalia participated as an international observer in Venezuelan Presidential and regional elections. Eulalia presents eye-witness accounts of the situation in Venezuela today. She speaks of the resilience of its people facing a political crisis in that country.

Eulalia is keen to invite people in Brisbane to discuss ways of solidarity with the Venezuelan Bolivarian Revolution.

Eulalia made an open invitation to people to come to the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network at 1pm on Saturday 2 Feb 2019 at the Peace Centre in 102 McDonald Road Windsor. The meeting will discuss solidarity activities in 2019.

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People’s University

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Dozens of protestors were injured, including future premier Peter Beattie, who was hospitalised with suspected spinal damage. The next day, about 3000 outraged students and staff packed the Refectory at UQ and voted for a campus-wide strike. Continue reading

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BREAD: Brisbane Radical Events and Diary

Brisbane Radical Events and Diary Continue reading

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Swim for the Reef

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The Wello Pointers team to save the reef swam , kayaked , paddle boarded and walked 3 kms from Wellington Point reserve to Yerra-bin (King) Is and back on Sun 10 March. [13 partocipants, 8 swimmers, 3 kyakers, 1 walker] Continue reading

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Invasion Day 2019

For First Nations people, January 26th 1788 marked the start of genocide, dispossession, displacement, and oppression. January 26th is not a day to celebrate a country built on these atrocities. It’s not a day to embrace white nationalism or colonialism. … Continue reading

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Rosa lives!

One hundred years ago this January, Rosa Luxemburg, revolutionary activist, essayist, intellectual, and leading figure of the Communist Party of Germany was assassinated. In the years since, her legacy has influenced revolutionary activists and thinkers around the world. In honour … Continue reading

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Cinema del popolo

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Cinema del popolo has a wide range of films including one film noir (Algiers*), Italian realism, French new wave, documentary and much more. Cinema del popolo is new film theatre emphasizing diversity, different cultures, music and language. In Bertolucci’s 1900, … Continue reading