Monthly Archives: May 2019

Activists fight against ‘SLAPP’ Suits

After the 2019 Climate Change election have the ground rules changed? No change coming from the parliament, surprise. Repression is building in the courts with activists being sued for stopping coal trucks. Activists fight back.

This week we talk about SLAPP suits – “strategic lawsuits against public participation”; when corporations sue political activists. We hear what are SLAPP suits and why are they a problem from Greg Ogle, and then the different experiences from Adam Burling who was sued by woodchipping company Gunns, Shae Anderson who was sued by McDonalds, and Sadie Jones who is currently being sued by coal freight company Aurizon.

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Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ FM 102.1 24 May 2019 Friday at noon

This week we talk about SLAPP suits – “strategic
lawsuits against public participation”; when corporations sue political
activists. We hear what are SLAPP suits and why are they a problem from Greg
Ogle, and then the different experiences from Adam Burling who was sued by
woodchipping company Gunns, Shae Anderson who was sued by McDonalds, and Sadie
Jones who is currently being sued by coal freight company Aurizon.

Andy interviews activists who had all been the subject of companies
using strategic litigation against the public participation (SLaPP) suits. Greg
Ogle
(South Australian Hindmarsh Bridge), Adam Burling (Gunns paper mill in Tasmania), Shae
Andersen
(McDonald’s in Tecoma Victoria), and Sadie Jones (Aurizon in
Brisbane, Queensland).

Greg Ogle (Conservation Council sued over Hindmarsh
Island Bridge)(https://soundcloud.com/ian-curr/environment-activists-slapped#t=3:52
) talks about strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPP). It has
a long history both…

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Call for heritage submissions

Friends, On Tuesday morning, Brisbane ABC Radio did a story on our heritage application and then ran a poll. The response was very heartening. Let’s capitalise on this with lots of submissions in support of the application. Individuals, theatre groups, … Continue reading

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Timber mill worker wins unfair dismissal case

Queensland man Jeremy Lee worked for a company called Superior Wood and he successfully represented himself after he refused to sign-on and sign-off using a finger print scanner. He argued that the bosses were stealing his bio-metric data and, under … Continue reading

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Saving Schonell, Zed, Forum and Refec @ UQ Union complex

Written submissions quoting the HRN 650238 must be received by 7 June 2019 and should be lodged with: Executive Officer, Heritage Branch Department of Environment and Science GPO Box 2454 BRISBANE QLD 4001
Or email: heritage@des.qld.gov.au Continue reading

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Plan to save Australia

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In the wake of a dismal result in the 2019 Federal Election people are asking where to now. As a contest of ideas the election was a failure. Morrison’s steady-as-she-goes capitalism and Shorten’s minimalist plan for social democratic wealth redistribution … Continue reading

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Sri Lankan graduates demand end of blockade of Cuba

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The association of graduates in Cuba adopted a statement by which it demands the end of the blockade against our country and joins the international rejection of the new sanctions imposed by the American government against Cuba, especially against the activation of Title III of The Helms-Burton law. Continue reading

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US-Israeli wars in the Middle East

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At this moment there is a dangerous situation developing in the Gulf. The US is increasing the number of warships to support the Saudi backed civil war in Yemen. Rockets have been fired at the US embassy in Baghdad and Israel wants to attack specific targets in Iran. Continue reading

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Bill’s not Bob

2019 Federal Election in Australia There was an expectation that Labor would win the 2019 federal election. Bob Hawke died on the eve of the poll and the opposition leader, Bill Shorten, said ‘let’s do it for Bob’. Labor’s failure … Continue reading

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The fire next time

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Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin I am not your Negro. ‘I am not your negro’ is a documentary about the failure of Americans to face … Continue reading

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Bob Hawke – from dawn till dusk

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Hawke was the first leader of the ACTU who did not come from the shop floor, he started a trend where workers were led by people from another class. Continue reading

West Australia – Forests, Fracking and Uranium

Will Federal LNP government approval for uranium and forest logging bring them undone in the West?

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Paradigm Shift 17 May
2019 (4ZZZ fm 102.1 Friday at Noon)

This week we get a bit of an update on what’s happening to the environment in Western Australia. Hear about forests, fracking and uranium mining. Plus some of the best political music in the west.

Andy interviews Jess
Beckerling (WA Forest Alliance convenor ), Paddy Colin, K A Garlick (WA Forest Alliance),

Notes on West Australia – Forests, Fracking and Uranium.

Jess Beckerling who has spent 20 years of activism advocating for WA Forests which had a great bioversity which is being destroyed. Unique flora and fauna like Numbats (an insectivorous marsupial native to Western Australia) and Quokkas (wallaby unique to S-W Western Australia). 90% loss of original vegetation in places like the wheat belt. WA forests are unusual in that they have grown in isolation from the rest of the world through many millenia. There are ancient…

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Remember al Nakba 2019

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A rally of about 100 people crammed onto footpath at the top of Brisbane Square tonight to commemorate al Nakba, the catastrophe, for Palestine. Organisers were given a permit to use the square however no allownace was made by Brisbane … Continue reading

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Venezuelan Embassy: Water Shut Off, Police Block Entry of Food

News by CodePink from Venezuelan Embassy in Washington USA After several weeks of protecting the Venezuelan embassy in D.C., the ‘U.S. government’ has shut off the water to try to ‘smoke out’ Maduro supporters: CODEPINK.  After the water was suddenly shut off in … Continue reading

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Vale Darce Cassidy (1941-2019) – Journalist, Agitator, Organiser

We reprint this eulogy by Ken Mansell from LABOUR HISTORY MELBOURNE – The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History. Thanks to Peter Gray from Radical Times Archive. Jon (Darce) Cassidy was probably not meant to become one of … Continue reading

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Blacklisting

Artist / film maker Lucy Parker has been following the Blacklist Support Group with a camera for the past 4 years. Her film ‘Solidarity’ is now finished (trailer below).  Blacklisting in the UK construction industry impacted thousands of workers who were … Continue reading

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Queensland: Politics, People and International Capital

In 1978, Bernie Dowling and I took this pamphlet down south to emphasise to people how dangerous populists like Bjelke-Petersen in the deep north could be. We went around Trades Hall in Melbourne, the International Bookshop, Australian Union of Students, … Continue reading

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Keep Kids out of Watch Houses

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On 15 May 2019, about 35 people marched from Speakers Corner at Parliament house to 1 William Street to seek an urgent meeting with the Minister for Child Safety, Di Farmer, to have the kids immediately released from the watch houses around Queensland. Continue reading

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Help Save UQ Union Complex

The Save the UQ Union Complex Committee’s (SUQUC) heritage application is now online on the Heritage Department’s website – https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/heritage/register/applications#enter. On the same site you will find a link to the Public Notice inviting written submissions from members of the public. … Continue reading

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Joint Appeal at UQ

‘I felt like a professional beggar‘ – Joe Curr on working for the Joint Appeal Education for WomenThere was a time when fund raising in corporate philanthropy was not a career, at least not in the church. Everything was done … Continue reading

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Cuba friendship

Australia-Cuba Friendship Society (Brisbane)General Meeting Tuesday 14 May 6.30 pmQld Council of Unions Building Level 2 16 Peel Street South Brisbane Welcome and AcknowledgementMay Day wrap-upNational Declaration regarding the Helms-Burton lawProject Fund-raising: Dream Circle – Children’s Theatre ProjectNext batch of Revolutionary Red Brigade promotion and information … Continue reading

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The Decline and Fall of the US Dollar

Canadian billionaire businessman Ned Goodman predicts the end of the U.S. Dollar as the world’s reserve currency. He says the transition out of the U.S. Dollar will become, “…quite ugly.” He delivered the lecture at Cambridge House’s Toronto Resource Investment … Continue reading

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Vale Darce Cassidy from ‘the Long March’

Here are two tributes to Jon ‘Darce’ Cassidy who participated in the 1974 Long March to North-West Cape and Charlie Perkins’ 1965 Freedom ride. The first tribute is from long time Land Rights activist, Gary Foley, and the second from … Continue reading

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Jackie’s how-to-vote in 2019

Eat your heart out Antony Green, here are my tips if the parliamentary road to socialism is your thing. Continue reading

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To Fan the Flames of Discontent

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A funny thing happened on my way to the bank …

I first met Jim Dowling when I was 17 & we spontaneously linked arms to march out of King George Square into a mosh pit of Queensland cops. They were there to enforce the ban on Street marches, demonstrations and … Continue reading

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Man seeks asylum away from Australia

Before Stevan Utah fled Australia in 2006, he was paid by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) to infiltrate the Bandidos motorcycle gang
In 2017, Mr Utah became the first known refugee from Australia when Canada gave him asylum on the basis that authorities in his home country blew his cover, then failed to offer him adequate protection
Freedom of Information documents show that neither the ACIC nor Australian diplomatic officials knew anything about this until it was revealed by the ABC Continue reading

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Zed boycotts Eurovision in Israel

For this reason there will be no 4ZZZ Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) correspondent travelling to Israel nor any coverage of ESC this year on Queer Radio or any specific programs relating to the Contest on Zed Digital.” Free Palestine! Continue reading

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UQ Union complex is part of our heritage

Political activists, Forum attendees and stall holders, Schonell movie buffs, Cement Box dramatists, 4ZZZ supporters, student leaders and student followers, we need you! Here is a call from the Save the UQ Union Complex for stories to demonstrate the heritage … Continue reading

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Born Free

Direct slavery is just as much the pivot of bourgeois industry as machinery, credits, etc. Without slavery, you have no cotton; without cotton you have no modern industry. It is slavery that gave the colonies their value; it is the … Continue reading

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May Day 2019

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Consensus Politics The Australian Labor Party was formed by the unions to gain parliamentary political power. From its formation a debate constantly raged as to the extent of compromise acceptable to achieve this goal. In the 1980s and 1990s this … Continue reading