Invitation to T J Ryan Foundation launch – QUT Gardens Point 27 February

> Those who frequently come to 17 Group meetings and are free during the day on this coming Thursday may well be interested in this launch at QUT. It’s in the Dennis Gibson Room from 12.30 to 2.30 pm. See the attachment for details.
> Roger and Ann Scott, who are centrally involved, will be giving a talk about the T J RYAN FOUNDATION at the next 17 Group meeting next Wenesday night, the 5th of March.… Go to Article

Democratic Rights at QUT: Last Action for the Year

The QUT Free Speech Campaign would like to thank all those who have participated in the activities we have held at QUT recently. The wide range of stalls that were held and the fantastic speeches that were made have resuscitated the political atmosphere in the final days of the semester and have successfully spread the news of the Liberal students’ crimes and corruption as well as the University administration’s harassment and intimidation.… Go to Article

Philistines no longer at the gates: final word from QUT lecturer

Video: Laughing at Aborigines? – Tough Questions for QUT…

Dear Friends

This is to notify you that John Hookham and I have reached a settlement with the university. The details of the settlement are confidential but the upshot is that I have resigned from QUT. I had intended to accept the university’s first offer which we had reached as a settlement of the Federal Court proceedings.Go to Article

How Trev got into renewable energy

PLUS Trev’s Brisbane Forecast for next 7 Days from 14 September

I commenced mechanical engineering studies at Queensland Institute of Technology (now QUT) in 1970. It was a very conservative institution and I was becoming politicised (and educated) through the influence of my older brother, Peter, regarding both environmental and political problems.… Go to Article

Puentes de Amor – Walk for Cuba

Interview with Lachlan Hurse about Walk for Cuba – Puentes de Amor ...

Today the Brisbane Branch of the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society joined with people around the world in calling for an immediate end to the US Blockade of Cuba with our ‘Walk for Cuba’ We ended with this rendition of ‘Guantanamera’.… Go to Article

There goes the floor

Hannibal ad portas!
“Hannibal is at the gates!”

Hannibal managed to lead his Carthaginian army over the Alps and into Italy to take the war directly to the Roman Republic, bypassing Roman and allied land garrisons and Roman naval dominance. Yet he could save only half of his famous elephants.… Go to Article

Meanjin: portrait of a city on fire

Optimism of the will, pessimism of the intellect” – Antonio Gramsci

This is my 70th year of living in Brisbane. Never once in those years have I been asked to re-imagine the city where I grew up in the 1950s & 60s. A small band of about one hundred dedicated people led by green city councillor, Joanthan Sri, have done just this.… Go to Article

Grab that Graffiti Artist!

Write of life / the pious said
forget the past / the past is dead.
But all I see / in front of me
is a concrete floor / a cell door / and John Pat.
– Jack Davis

In August 1980, I was sent to Stuart Creek Prison for painting “This bank owns shares in Uranium Mining & Export” on the Westpac bank in Flinders Mall, Townsville.… Go to Article

Group of 17 meets XR

The last meeting of the 17 Group and the break-up for 2019 will take place on Wednesday the 4th of December at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End.  The meeting will be addressed by Sue Melloy on the topic: “Heading for extinction and what to do about it”.… Go to Article

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Thursday 28th of FebCommunal Luxury: How to create a future for all of us6.15pm-8pmFacebook event.
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Trifecta on Brunswick Street

"No reason to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke,
"There are many here among us who feel that life is but 
a joke. But you and I, we've been through that,
and this is not our fate, 
So let us not talk falsely now, 
the hour is getting late."
                            — Bob Dylan,
                  'All Along the Watchtower'

608 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, was a divided house on a gently sloping hill from the Valley to New Farm in Brisbane.… Go to Article

Take back Tech


Over the last ten years, the advent of smartphone technology has created the growth of global gig economy monopolies and social media giants. These platforms are re-shaping our entire lived experience by exploiting workers and taking advantage of the frailties of the human mind through manipulative and subversive platform designs. Platforms are being designed with the intention of creating monopolies, paying the minimum to workers, using psychological manipulation to persuade users to increase usage and finally use their data for internal and external advertising profit.Go to Article

To catch a thief: detention deceit

Well some are illegal, and some are not wanted,
Our work contract's out and we've got to move on;
Six hundred miles to that Mexico border,
They chase us like outlaws, like rustlers, like thieves.
            - 'Deportee' by Woody Guthrie

Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 10.51.07 pm.pngHow did current Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, and current Treasurer, Scott Morrison,  keep secret the illegal bribery by the owners of Wilson Security while the Australian government was signing contracts for offshore detention of asylum seekers?… Go to Article

War Chronicles – January 2016

(1) Syrian Arab Army report on attack by 30 suicide bombers in al-Baghilea, Deir al-Zoor

(2) Twilight of the rebels south of Damascus

(3) Former Australian soldiers caught up in Yemen’s civil war

(4) International Military Review – Yemen, 14 Jan. 2016

(5) US supported rebels, including CIA recruited jihadists, losing the fight in Syria

(6) Salma falls to R+6 12 JANUARY 2016

(7) Australian cleric Sheikh Fedaa Majzoub involved in the Ballouta massacre in August 2013

(8) Misreporting on starvation in ‪‎Madaya, Syria

(9) In Midst of War, Ukraine Becomes Gateway for Jihad

(10) COMMENTS from Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox

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War Chronicles in December 2015

[Publisher’s Note: AllBornEqualRights puts together yet another compilation of Western Media fantasies about the Dirty War in Syria. The failure of the western peace movement to mobilise and to oppose this and the wars leading up to it in Lybia stands out as both a weakness and a confusion about the region by the Left everywhere.… Go to Article

War Chronicles 2015

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[PN: Here is an extensive digest and a number of short videos from All Born Equal Rights on the war without end]

13-Dec-2015 Tariq Ali on Jeremy Corbyn and Stop the War Coalition (in the UK)

13-Dec-2015 George Galloway on Jeremy Corbyn and Stop the War Coalition (in the UK)

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Copyright in the Internet Age – Unlikely Weapon in International Trade Diplomacy

Last Meeting and Break-up of the 17 Group for 2015 will be held amid more than usual festive rejoicings on Wednesday the 2nd of December at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. The meeting will be addressed by Professor Tom Cochrane on the topic “Copyright in the Internet Age – Unlikely Weapon in International Trade Diplomacy”.… Go to Article

Peace Advocate Climbs U.S. Navy Satellite Dish in Sicily

On the morning of Armistice Day, November 11, 2015, longtime peace activist Turi Vaccaro climbed to where you see him in the photo above. He brought a hammer and made this a Plowshares action by hammering on the enormous satellite dish, an instrument of U.S. warfare communications.

Turning swords into ploughshares

November 11, 2015 : Turi Vaccaro once again invades the US 
base in Niscemi and climbing on one of the three dishes, 
considered instruments of war and death.
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Griffith EcoCentre Forum: Avoiding the Black Hole

There’s an international transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy and energy efficiency, being led by Denmark, Germany, China (by air pollution necessity), and some states of the US. Closer to home, New Zealand, South Australia and the A.C.T. are leading with progressive policies. By and large though, fossil fuel dominated economies such as Australia and Canada have been intractable.… Go to Article

Days of Hope

I remember sometime in the 1977/8 there was a showing of Ken Loach’s Days of Hope … it was at Kelvin Grove teachers college (now QUT). I sat there engrossed by the content of the series that mapped struggles against conscription in Britain during World War I, following the characters lives right up until the the 1926 General Strike.… Go to Article

Academic boycott of Israel

The principle of ‘academic freedom’ and the obligations of higher learning
institutions: An examination of the arguments surrounding the academic boycott
of Israel

Abstract: Inspired by the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, the Palestinian campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) issued a call in 2004 urging academics and cultural workers around the world to boycott ‘all Israeli academic and cultural institutions’ in support of the Palestinian people’s struggle ‘to end Israel‘s occupation, colonization and system of apartheid’ (PACBI 2009).… Go to Article

Philistines at the Gates: Coaldrake’s millions

 Coaldrake wrestles with his conscience every day and wins!
                                  - former QUT employee
Peter Coaldrake, vice-chancellor of Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Photo: Q Weekend

While university staff are paid low wages for short-term contracts filled with uncertainty and university student fees are bumped up.

Peter Coaldrake has pocketed another $$million contract with the university council, this time till 2017; he has been in the job for 12 years, since 2003.… Go to Article

G17: from ‘a Bolshevik Corner’ to ‘the Deep North’ — understanding Queensland in the 20th Century

The next meeting of the 17 Group will be held on Wednesday the 4th of March at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End.

Tom Cochrane will speak on the topic: “ From ‘a Bolshevik Corner’ to ‘the Deep North’—understanding Queensland in the 20th Century. ”

A summary of the talk:

In the 1970s and 80s, not a few Queensland bred people fled.… Go to Article

Gaza: The Murderous Melodrama

by David Shulman

In 332 BC Alexander the Great conquered Gaza. It was not easy going. The siege lasted for one hundred days, and the Gazans, led by Batis, the “king of Gaza,” defended themselves skillfully, notably by extensive use of tunnels. Alexander himself was wounded in the fighting. He revenged himself by killing almost all the city’s young men, including Batis, who was tied to Alexander’s chariot and dragged to death beneath the ramparts (shades of Achilles’ humiliation of the dead Hector).… Go to Article

Ebola: Warning, Prelude or Endgame

The next meeting of the 17 Group will be held onWednesday the 5th of November at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End.
It will be addressed by Merv Partridge, with expert medical assistance from Dr Simon Murray, on the topic “Ebola: Warning, Prelude or Endgame?”
Short summary:
If you ask a Californian when the NBO is coming most will tell you “The Next Big One?

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Sinking below sight

 The opposite of poverty isn’t wealth. It’s justice

Bryan Stevenson – US death row attorney

FOUR years ago I moved with no great enthusiasm and a troubled child to Logan City, one of Australia’s ten poorest urban areas. Divorce had cost me my farm in northern New South Wales, and housing in Woodridge was, and remains, some of the very cheapest within striking range of the Brisbane CBD – according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 96 per cent of Australian postcodes have higher socio-economic status than we Woodridgeans.… Go to Article

Vlad laws – know your friends, know your enemies

PShift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 Noon on Fridays) interviewed the attorney general, Jarrod Bleijie, about the rise to power of  Vlad’s gang and his attempt to put its leader in jail for 400 years. In introducing the toughest laws in the world, Vlad’s nemesis Bleijie seems to have taken Monty Python’s satire, the Piranha Brothers, to heart.Go to Article