Monthly Archives: November 2020

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Moreton Bay Quandamooka & Catchment: Past, present, and future

We post this important study of Quandamooka (Moreton Bay). Please find below the preface and link to the electronic record. WBT hope that some resolution will be found to prevent the proposed development at Toondah Harbour, a truly beautiful gateway … Continue reading

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Save Griffith University College of Art

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The Queensland College of Art (GCA) has a long history in Queensland. Over the years it has been housed in George Street, Brisbane, Seven Hills, and South Bank. It has been part of the TAFE system and Griffith University. The … Continue reading

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Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers: ‘the same blue sky is over us all’

In 2014, four Christian anti-war activists were assaulted and threatened by Australian SAS soldiers on Swan Island. Margaret Pestorious’s report is below. – Ed. WBT. SAS Soldiers Threatened and Assaulted Australian Citizens TooIn October that year, eight Australian peace activists … Continue reading

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Big Boys’ Rules in Afghanistan

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“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.” ― Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa , The Leopard On Paradigm Shift we discuss the Brereton report (released 19 Nov 2020) into war crimes committed by Australian … Continue reading

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Mullet Men

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swimming in shark sealooking for memoryin pink early lightbetween devil deepand wide blue sea — from Strange Fruit by ian curr Point Lookout on Minjerriba is a poem of wind, of rain, of beautiful rocky outcrops, of whales in winter going … Continue reading

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Police target refugee solidarity activists

For the second time in the last month there is video evidence of police making serious unprovoked attacks on refugee activists. The refugee solidarity activists are seeking to free people medivac’d to Australia from offshore detention by Christmas. Both activists … Continue reading

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Yet ‘another stupid development’

Replacing a nursery and cafe with a petrol station. Really? Cr Fiona Cunningham is councillor for the ward and head of the Chair of the Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee. Five easy questions that Cr Cunningham should be able to … Continue reading

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Being organised

they are showinghow they definespoilsjusticelive to fightfight to live       – Daniel del Solar Yesterday I was speaking with an activist who was arrested at a picket outside the Aurizon (a coal carrier) building trying to block the export of coal … Continue reading

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The American Dream

November 13, 2020 John Jiggens, Greg Chipp (Drug Law Reform), James Baldwin (Essayist), and Barack Obama speak about the American Dream. This week’s Paradigm Shift features a 1965 speech by James Baldwin at the Oxford University Union where he presages … Continue reading

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Brisbane Radicals

 ‘A group of misguided way out individuals’: the Old Left and the Student Movement in Brisbane: 1966–70 On 15 May 1969 Brisbane’s labour movement came out for its yearly parade. Starting at the site of Trades Hall, abutting Edward and … Continue reading

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At the western window, again

Graeme, Lachlan and I climbed Mt Glorious yesterday. One thousand metres of climbing (elevation) and 33 kilometres distance (from Jolly’s Lookout). Only it was not so jolly for me! I had left my battery at home. So I did the … Continue reading

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Trump consigned to the dustbin of history

ABC market analyst Alan Kohler has urged us to look at how large Trump’s vote was in the recent US Presidential Elections. Kohler claims the pandemic cost Trump the election. In Focus on Trump’s votes, not Biden’s, Alan Kohler champions … Continue reading

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Big Brother in the Queensland Police Force

“The whole country was trapped in a lie … We were the only truthtellers, as far as we could see. It seldom occurred to us to be afraid. We were sheathed in the fact of our position. It was partly … Continue reading

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A guide for organisers

We post these tips here more as handy hints than a must “do’s and dont’s” … like all guides, a little common sense helps. Some years ago my sister and I went to a gerontologist to see about our Mum’s … Continue reading

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Who killed the young dancer?

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“His memory and beauty, we carry beyondHow long, how long will these killings go on?”– Kev Carmody Daniel Yock would still be in his prime if he had lived. Under the old tree on the corner of Russell and Edmonstone … Continue reading

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Lowering expectations

  Paradigm Shift November 6, 2020 “Lowering expectations of Democracy“ 1. What are our expectations of democracy?2. Qld’s Democracy sausage by Dr John Jiggens3. What now Labor governs? PlaylistAndy Paine – History’s Greatest losers Maragaret Roadknight – Girls in our … Continue reading

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Letter from Chile

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I have received this letter about the 2020 constitutional changes from a Chilean comrade. He also sent these beautiful images of a Mapuche march in Santiago in 2004. The translation of the original Spanish to English appears in the table … Continue reading

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Religious leaders on KP Prison for Refugees

Joint statement by religious leaders regarding Kangaroo Point asylum seekers We continue to be deeply disturbed at the way in which asylum seekers are being treated by the Australian Government. The situation in the Kangaroo Point Alternative Place of Detention, … Continue reading

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Hiroshima Day 1967

The Hiroshima Day Rally held on Tuesday 8 August 1967 began in the Old Brisbane Markets in Roma Street just below the Dental Hospital. Children played in puddles as a throng of 200 or so people gathered holding placards and … Continue reading

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Stories from the revolution in Cuba and Palestine

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WBT looks forward to reading Robert Austin’s account of Cuba & Palestine titled “Cuba, Palestine and Israel: Forgotten Histories“. Just how can we forget the ongoing story of the Cuban revolution and the Palestinian struggle for a right of return … Continue reading

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Rule by Decree in the United States

“Democrats aren’t blameless … I went on a rant, didn’t I?” – Obama Demise of Democracy “An executive order issued by US President Donald Trump has sown confusion and fear among government scientists in the country. Announced by the White … Continue reading

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Coal wars: news from the frontline

NEWS FROM THE FRONTLINE OCTOBER 2020 It’s been another big month here on the climate frontlines. October began with another action disrupting work on Adani’s rail corridor – writer Ben Winch locking himself to a cattle grid on the road … Continue reading

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Minerals still determine who wins power in Qld

All that glitters is not gold – Shakespeare “The manOf virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys.Power, like a desolating pestilence,Pollutes whate’er it touches; and obedience,Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,Makes slaves of men, and of the human frameA mechanized … Continue reading

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What now Labor Governs?

Why aren’t we making our own electric cars at the old Ford and GM plants that brought Australia into the the long boom in the 50s and 60s? We even had a big car plant at Eagle Farm that could have been re-tooled to make electric vehicles. The major parties would not heed the warning to shift to an economy based on sustainable manufacture in a land awash with solar and wind energy. Why not? Continue reading