Foco Nuevo in December 2020

Great night thanks to Sarah Calderwood, Paul Brandon and Jumping Fences (Sue Monk, Lachlan Hurse, James Harper and Ross Gwyther) ... hopefully we can return to full Foco Nuevo concerts again soon. Kurilpa Hall is open for lunch on Thursdays again but still has a limit of 30 people. Access to suitable venues is going … Continue reading Foco Nuevo in December 2020


I like this Post-Truth critique by Andy Paine particularly his comment about tertiary education.

The recent government funding cuts to arts degrees in Australia are part of an attack on the idea of the university as a space dedicated to the abstract quest for knowledge. Governments like ours (and indeed, the hierarchies of many universities) see tertiary education as valuable only in as much as it supports economic acquisition. But if we want a society that values the truth, we need to support the pursuit of understanding for its own sake.”

What we need also is better organisation.

Ian Curr 
Workers BushTelegraph
M: 0407 687 016


We are living in the “post-truth” age. It’s a line repeated so many times in recent years it’s become a cliché. Hasn’t the truth always been a nebulous, subjective concept? Haven’t humans always told lies? It seems a bit short-sighted, even arrogant, to think there’s something unique about our current era.

Yet there is something particular about our time that deserves mention. A combination of the philosophical ideas of “post-modernism” that value a multiplicity of perspectives over the notion of one objective “truth”; and technological changes that encourage a subjective, individualised way of viewing the world. These have certainly impacted our culture in a way that has changed our relationship to “the truth” as an idea. Commercial and political interests have both used and extended these changes to make them a prominent part of public life.

In a great example of self-fulfilling prophecy, “post-modernism” is a term that seems to…

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2021: Best of All Worlds?

Oh babe, meet me in Tompkins Square Park I wanna hold you in the dark One last time Just one last timeMumford & Sons Tompkins Square Park, New York, 6 Aug 1988 *** Warning *** In a post-truth world, this is not a happy Christmas story. There was a police riot in Tompkins Square Park … Continue reading 2021: Best of All Worlds?

Who owns Australia?

The foreign investment review board recently released data on the ownership of agricultural land in Australia. Some are shocked by the amount of land owned or leased by interests in China. However we need to look behind the facts to see how much of Australia is owned by offshore European interests. That is not counting … Continue reading Who owns Australia?

Coles: fire this time?

Hard words rangacross the factory floorJuan heard the sound of hatebitter words to injurea shout that sent the signalfor the war to come– ‘Brisbane Barrio’ by Jumping Fences Disparity between rich and poor is growing. Offshore wages are catching up with Australian conditions. Political parties of the centre have supported real wages decline and for … Continue reading Coles: fire this time?

Lytton Road is unsafe

The roll-over of a truck on Lytton Road at the intersection with Colmslie Rd in early 2020 illustrates the danger of this roundabout (pictured), and the costs and disruption involved in emergency repairs. Intersection where my friends truck fell over In 1992 a truck driver friend entered the intersection of Lytton, Junction and Colmslie Roads. … Continue reading Lytton Road is unsafe

Food Irradiation

Why do Australia and New Zealand governments want the power to irradiate all fruit and vegetables? More trade, pure and simple. But what about human and animal health? Previously there was only one food irradiation plant at Narangba on the outskirts of Brisbane, now there are two. The second being at Vic Markets in Melbourne … Continue reading Food Irradiation

Two more stupid towers in West End

26-storey towers next to Davies Park!? There seems to be a whole new way of looking at life and death here in Victoria Street. If you’re burned to death in Pymble, Redfern or Panania you’re an accident victim. If you’re burned to death in Victoria Street you are a derelict. Juanita Neilsen There is too … Continue reading Two more stupid towers in West End

Free the refugees by Xmas

This Friday evening, 5pm 18 Dec 20, Cnr Main & Warmsley St, Wooloongabba ... Residents might want to avoid driving along Main St, Kangaroo Point after 5pm this Friday, as Refugee Action Collective are organising another protest against the ongoing indefinite detention of refugees in Kangaroo Point. Personally I think it’s disgusting that our federal government continues … Continue reading Free the refugees by Xmas

Extreme Weather: blowing fossils fuels away

Wind at Wello Point * Tweed River in flood * The road has turned into a waterfall in Dorrigo, NSW Wellington Point, Brisbane 12 Dec 2020 Tweed River Murwillumbah NSW 16 Dec 2020Drone vision of the Tweed River, Murwillumbah, NSW with some localized flooding after heavy rains over the last few days. Weather … Continue reading Extreme Weather: blowing fossils fuels away

‘Sovereignty never ceded’

Header image: That T - shirt I am wearing in the banner picture (at far left [where else] taken by Gordon Curtis in the 2012 May Day march in Brisbane) came out of "Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance" - WAR campaign to save the sacred fire in Musgrave Park". I have been reading comments about … Continue reading ‘Sovereignty never ceded’

No shortage of petrol in East Brisbane?

Soon there will be no fewer than eight (8) petrol stations within a kilometre of each other in East Brisbane ! The owners say that the proposed development 'falls within the Brisbane City Council guidelines'. What kind of guidelines are they? Proposed petrol station at cnr of Stanley and Edgar East Brisbane. Below are some … Continue reading No shortage of petrol in East Brisbane?

Some Medevac refugees win fight for freedom

Congratulations to Refugee Solidarity Meanjin, Refugee Action Collective and Unions for Refugees in Brisbane for their sustained campaign to achieve the release of Medevac refugees. Please see reports below from Refugee Solidarity (Meanjin) and the ABC. - Ed., WBT. __oOo__ We wanted to share this footage with every person who has sat in protest and … Continue reading Some Medevac refugees win fight for freedom

Vale Mungo MacCallum

Lean and Nosey like a Ferret - Mungo Wentworth MacCallum: December 21, 1941 – December 9, 2020 The first and possibly last time I saw Mungo in the flesh was at the Abel Smith Lecture theatre at the University of Queensland in the early 1970s. We were born on the same day, only 9 years … Continue reading Vale Mungo MacCallum

Ban Food Irradiation

It is well over 30 years since LeftPress printed leaflets that cautioned people against food irradiation. The campaign to stamp it out continues. Why is it taking so long for food companies and governments to get the message provided by science so many years ago? Numerous studies have shown the potential health risks posed by … Continue reading Ban Food Irradiation

Secrets, Privacy & Collateral Murder

"I supported the war from day one, but Afghanistan scares the hell out of me." - Kevin Rudd, 6 Jan 2008. Prime Minister of Australia speaking to United States Congressional delegation led by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD)and Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO)Date: 2008 January 7, 06:05 (Monday) Canonical ID: 08CANBERRA8_a Wikileaks Welcome to … Continue reading Secrets, Privacy & Collateral Murder

Make West Papua safe

6 years on: Remembering the Paniai massacre 11am 08 December 2020  Australian Federal Police offices MELBOURNE and BRISBANE 383 La Trobe St, Melbourne   |   45 Commercial Rd, Newstead, Brisbane West Papuan community rally / funeral rites   Media contacts: Jasmine Pilbrow 0421715515 (Melbourne) Jason McLeod 0402 746 002 (Brisbane) Make West Papua Safe is … Continue reading Make West Papua safe

Politics of Forgetting

Politics of Forgetting: New Zealand, Greece and Britain at War Greece was a poor country in turmoil and pain during the 1940s. A military dictatorship was followed by invasion and terrifying occupation by Germany and its allies, starvation, civil war, political unrest and mutiny in its free military armed forces. New Zealand entered this arena … Continue reading Politics of Forgetting

Save Brisbane’s Maritime Museum

The maritime museum looks in a bad way. The old Forceful can no longer go to sea. One member of the museum says: "No doubt the museum has been run by enthusiasts who did pretty well and worked selflessly - but (they) have come to the end of the road." MARITIME MUSEUM UNDER PRESSURE - … Continue reading Save Brisbane’s Maritime Museum

Parliamentary Hyprocrisy on ‘Rule 303’

Welcome to the Paradigm Shift on FM 102.1 4ZZZ Fridays at noon. We challenge the assumptions of our current society, to resist oppression ... DECEMBER 4, 2020 Following the release of the Brereton report into war crimes committed by the Australian SAS, we speak with Alison Broinowski about the need to reform Australia's war … Continue reading Parliamentary Hyprocrisy on ‘Rule 303’

Hiroshima Day – end of march ban

Various anti-uranium groups like CANP applied for and were denied march permits by police from 1977 till 1979. At the same time opposition to uranium mining and export was so strong that groups that challenged the march ban and the permit system had by far the largest rallies. There was such determination that people were … Continue reading Hiroshima Day – end of march ban

A Book of Doors Launch

I am doing a Zoom book event for A Book of Doors with Avid Reader on Monday 7 Dec, 6.30-7.30pm. My editor Edwina Shaw who also edited Bjelke Blues will be interviewing me online. There will be an introduction and welcome to country. Then the interview and the last 15 minutes are for questions from the audience. … Continue reading A Book of Doors Launch

No Extradition! Bring Julian Home!

On Wednesday December 9, Julian Assange's father John Shipton, will talk at a webinar in Brisbane about the Assange along with Assange supporter Ciaron O’Reilly and Greg Barns SC, Adviser Assange Campaign.  You can join the webinar here NO EXTRADITION: BRING JULIAN HOME    Wednesday 9 December: No Extradition! Bring Julian Home Webinar,  6.30 pm. John Shipton, … Continue reading No Extradition! Bring Julian Home!

Scapegoats of Empire?

No chance had he to win the cross of honourNo mighty empire echoed with his nameHe did not leave a record, kindly, helpful,A pure untarnished name- Poem on gravestone of Gnr. L. M. Juster who died of wounds in France on 16th July 1917, aged 20 years. Title page of George Witton's account held in … Continue reading Scapegoats of Empire?

Returning to the ‘Scene of the Crime’

In 2014, our friends Greg Rolles, Tim Webb. Sam Quinlan, and Dave Sprigg were brutally assaulted by SAS soldiers on Swan Island, a highly secretive training base off the coast of Victoria. They were hooded, stripped naked, threatened with rape and drowning, dragged along the ground kicked and walked on. (Journalist Kieran Finnane has written … Continue reading Returning to the ‘Scene of the Crime’