Monthly Archives: January 2020

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Do we own the land, or does it own us?

Poem: “My Cry is Lost in a Name” Propelled in giving me damned names They gave me unknowing roots White with jewels of nakedness Sights-silenced then demanded to catch shadows travelling aware in innocence But as mixed up in trickery … Continue reading

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The End of History

As much as I sympathise with David Martin Jones’s disparagement of the touchy-feely International Relations around academe, I could not ignore that  he repeats all the errors about Fukuyama that infect every shade of opinion. How is it that so … Continue reading

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The future of Workers BushTelegraph?

Hello Readers, Workers BushTelegraph (WBT) has run from 2011-2020. It was briefly in recess in 2016. WBT has tried to address three topics: Who owns the land? (property question), Or perhaps the land owns us? Worker control of production (industrial … Continue reading

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Kurdistan update

Dear Friends, I left Kurdistan last year in time for an Australian Christmas. It was sad to leave my team and my friends but I was glad to get away from the cold and wet. It has been particularly hard … Continue reading

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No war on Iran – bring the troops home

Brisbane: 11am King George Square Sat 25 Jan 2020 Speakers:  Habib Jamal – Islamic Council of QldFrederika Steen – Human Rights advocateMichael McNally – Qld Secretary National Tertiary Education UnionJonathan Sri – Greens Councillor for the Gabba Ward Media contact … Continue reading

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Justice for Debbing Creek

According to Willie Mackenzie, an Aboriginal man born in Kilcoy in 1875, there were three tribal subdivisions which frequented the Ipswich area. The tribes resided in locality groups, each group occupying a portion of the tribal territory that was recognised … Continue reading

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Jonno Sri's plea for people to enrol

Vote in 2020 local government elections! A few people have asked me lately what my chances are of getting re-elected in the council election on 28 March. The honest answer is that we just don’t know. This is the first … Continue reading

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Climate change, war and the burning fossil fuels – a theft from those who hunger

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. – Eisenhower. Significant mobilisation has been … Continue reading

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Local Government is the most important election

Qld Local Government Elections – 2020 Workers BushTelegraph believes that local government is the most important level of government in Australia. This is because local government delivers most of the important services to people – water, transport, roads, sewerage, development … Continue reading

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Grab that Graffiti Artist!

Write of life / the pious saidforget the past / the past is dead.But all I see / in front of meis a concrete floor / a cell door / and John Pat.– Jack Davis In August 1980, I was … Continue reading

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No War on Iran

Not a good start to the decade. All the money from Iraqi oil is in the hands of the United States. Oil is central to Iraq’s present and future. “Oil accounts for 99% of all government revenue. Along with existing … Continue reading

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Brisbane: 'Sack Scomo' II

“Mass protest is the way you change the world” – Priya De, Uni Students for Climate Justice About 1200 people attended a rally in King George Square on Friday 17th of January 2020 at 5pm calling for the sacking of … Continue reading

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Assange, Terror and Climate Wars

Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Friday at Noon 17 Jan 2020 Ian hosts a program talking with Dr John Jiggens and Adlin about the campaign to bring Julian Assange home. Dr Jiggens points out why a new book by Imre … Continue reading

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Review: 1917

1917 is the greatest load of codswallop I can recall in a lifetime of movie going. The script is improbable when it is not impossible. Its premise is nicked from Gallipoli. It would not be worth mentioning except that it … Continue reading

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The Greer Method

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Trump's war contract

“Because we want the peace with half a heart and half a life and will, the war, of course, continues, because the waging of war, by its nature, is total — but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, … Continue reading

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People needed on the Frontline to Stop Adani

As bushfires rage in the south east and Queensland suffers through a crippling drought, Adani are preparing to drain precious groundwater on the site of their climate wrecking Carmichael coal mine.  Together with our friends at Galilee Rising, we’re gearing up … Continue reading

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'No!' to war on Iran

NO WAR ON IRAN IPAN is calling national rallies to demonstrate opposition to Australia joining any new war on Iran or Iraq This is call to all Brisbane groups to send reps along to an organising meeting: This coming Thursday … Continue reading

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Will sacking Scomo work?

WBT is curious as to why a second rally has been called so soon after “Sack Scomo Rally & March I” in Brisbane? Continue reading

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GOMA: Bait 2019 Ages 15+

Delivered with a Guy Maddin-esque anachronistic aesthetic, Mark Jenkin’s debut film is a fascinating curio that examines social dislocation with astuteness and wit. Continue reading

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Unlocking Brisbane River

So it is a breath of fresh air to hear at least two BCC Councillors announce that they wish to open up the Brisbane river. Continue reading

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Workers for climate Justice forum

Workers 4 Climate Justice are hosting their next public forum on Monday 3rd February 2020. The forum is called Health Issues in a time of crisis and is a public forum. WHEN: Monday February 3rd, 6-8pmWHERE: Queensland Council of Unions, Level 12, … Continue reading

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Invasion Day, 26 Jan 2020

As a result of the bushfires, First Nations people have suffered an huge loss of songlines, bushland and native wildlife. The ‘Sack ScoMo’ campaign needs to engage more deeply with First Nations knowledge, experience, and leadership on country …

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Prime Minister's 'Road-to-Damascus' on Climate Change?

Firstly, there is an environmental crisis.
Then there is a bushfire crisis.
But there is also a political crisis – former union organiser. Continue reading

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Councillor calls for corporations to pay for Climate Change

“The individuals and corporations who are responsible for climate change are the ones who should pay … this rally is not about just replacing Scott Morrison … this is about the need for a system change.” – Jonathan Sri, Councillor … Continue reading

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Air, Water, Land: all on fire

Smoke from bushfires on the Mid North Coast of NSW erupt through the clouds as seen from 30,000 feet in early December 2019. Taree, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour are the major commercial centres and the region has a subtropical climate. Major industries are farming, logging and tourism. Continue reading

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The Hilton Bombing

How can the life of such a manBe in the palm of some fool’s hand?To see him obviously framedCouldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a landWhere justice is a game – Dylan Infiltration and entrapment at … Continue reading

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Jodhpurs, Jindabyne and the Lakes

You don’t hear the four shots fired out – echoing along the ridge. Or the heavy thuds of three horses collapsing, one taking that second bullet to fold down: ‘An act of kindness,’ she’ll tell you later, try to explain … Continue reading

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2010-2020: waiting for a great leap forward

Listen in to Paradigm Shift Friday at noon – its about events of the past decade 2010-2020: Waiting for a great leap forward. Paradigm Shift is in its 10th year of broadcasting on 4ZZZ fm 102.1 community radio. The show … Continue reading

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Byron to Binbee – Stop Adani

This is a crucial time in the campaign to #StopAdani, so we have organised a coach from Byron to the frontlines camp – and we NEED YOU! It has been a crazy time of year but there is only one … Continue reading