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Gari Gynda Narmi

Liner notes by Andy [with thanks to Amy & Chelsea] The song is called “Gari Gynda Narmi” or sometimes written as “Gurri Ngindin Narmi“. It is originally a Waka Waka song, but with the dispersal and cross-pollination of aboriginal cultures … Continue reading


Political Thugs and Bullies

Standing up to bullies is the hallmark of a civilized society. – Robert Reich If ever a sitting member from one of the major political parties wants to find out who their real friends are, resigning from their party is … Continue reading


Letter from City Hall

They say you can’t beat City Hall but here someone who’s really having a go. Jonathan Sri Councillor for the Gabba Ward 2/63 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba P: 07 3403 2165 • E: I hope everyone’s doing ok in … Continue reading


Minjeribah – a bill to stop sand mining on North Stradbroke Island

Publisher’s Note: This chapter about Minjeribah (Stradbroke Island) from “Rob Pyne: A Far Northern Life”  is well worth a read. It describes, in part, the politics behind the state government removal of mining leases on Minjeribah. There was a strange … Continue reading


Terror Nullius

Frontier wars – ‘whispering in our hearts’ This week we discuss the Frontier Wars which persisted in colonial Australia right up to Federation in 1901 and beyond. Andy interviews historians Henry Reynolds and Lyndall Ryan. You can listen to the … Continue reading


Kids on Nauru

A group of young Aussie kids have appeared in an Advertising Campaign launched today asking the Prime Minister of Australia to save more than 100 young children in desperate trouble on Nauru.  Doctors who have visited the children are saying … Continue reading


Women’s Right to Choose

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‘No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.’ – Margaret Sanger On 17 October 2018 the Queensland parliament passed a law to decriminalise abortion –  48 years since women began the modern struggle for women’s … Continue reading


Vintage Reds

Retired unionists are not retired activists. They share progressive goals of economic, social, industrial and environmental justice. Retired unionists are not done yet! Come along to the launch of Vintage Reds, hear QCU General Secretary Ros McLennan speak about the … Continue reading


We deserve a living – Anti-Poverty Week

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A run down on some of the people speaking at We Deserve A Living – Anti-Poverty Week Conference 2018 on the 27th and 28th of October here in Brisbane. We’ll be covering a lot of ground in relation to poverty … Continue reading


The road ahead: work, weather, water, war and coal

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“Climate change is the great moral challenge of our generation” – Kevin Rudd, 31 March 2007 at the National Climate Summit at Parliament House, in Canberra. Climate Change report warnings The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released … Continue reading


Palestinian Film Festival 2018

Showcasing the very best of Palestinian cinema from around the world, the Palestinian Film Festival Australia is proud to present its 2018 program filled with gripping, award-winning features, shorts and documentaries screening in Sydney (20-27 Sept), Hobart (27-30 Sept), Melbourne … Continue reading


Hayden dumped, again!

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No, not Bill Hayden who was dumped as leader by the Labor Party just before the 1983 election that ‘a drovers dog could have won‘. It was Matthew Hayden, cricketer, cook, and surfer who was dumped on a sand bank … Continue reading


Queensland Govt abets elder abuse

“Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.” ― Franz Kafka, The Trial They left only his hat On Thursday 16 October 2104 at 10 am I arrived at the … Continue reading


Abortion is a health issue

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Perhaps the last abortion rights rally will occur this Sunday, 4 October 2018 in Brisbane. Such rallies have gone on in this state for over 40 years. State government is on the verge of decriminalising of abortion. We publish this … Continue reading


Brisbane Radical Events and Diary

If there are any events you’d like to include in future weekly emails to this list, please email us. Week of Tuesday 9th of October Thursday October 11 BFU Radical Reading Group 6pm at 2/63 Annerley Rd, Woolloongabba Facebook event … Continue reading

Frontier wars – ‘whispering in our hearts’

This ‘whispering in our hearts‘ may form the basis of justice and reconciliation between aboriginal people and settlers … a radio show by Andy Paine on Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Friday at Noon on5 Oct 2018 … Notes by Ian Curr.

Paradigm Shift

This week we discuss the Frontier Wars which persisted in colonial Australia right up to Federation in 1901 and beyond. Andy interviews historians Henry Reynolds and Lyndall Ryan.

Lyndall Ryan is a professor at Newcastle University. She has spent the last four years drawing up a digital map of massacres of first nations people in Australia. Henry rentals talks about the whispering in our hearts about the injustice of settlers stealing aboriginal land. Her team have constructed an interactive indigenous massacre map.

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The results are pretty grizzly.  Massacres were much more common than the professor thought. In 2014 Lyndall Ryan applied for a grant to the Australian literature council.  one of the first problems she faced was what define a massacre.  she resolved that’s the massacre was the killing of six undefended people in one operation.  Massacre impacts on the whole community. Take 20 people living on…

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Free travel on public transport!

The Queensland opposition often complains that Brisbane trains do not run on time. Public transport is in the doldrums because it is not funded properly and because fares are very expensive, particularly for unemployed, homeless and disadvantaged Queenslanders. Yes, Queensland … Continue reading

Music played on 4ZZZ’s Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift is broadcast on community radio 4ZZZ FM 102.1 Fridays at noon on the lands of the Toorubul, Jagera, Ugarapul, Mununjali and Yuggera people. We pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land.

We challenge the assumptions of our current society, to resist oppression and investigate alternative ways of living for a world based on justice, solidarity and sustainability.

The Paradigm Shift has been broadcast of 4ZZZ every week since 19 Sept 2009 when it was begun by Eliza and Elham. Andy (since 2014) and Ian (since 2011) are the current hosts.

Contacts: Ian on 0407 687 015 or Andy on 0413 205 154

Paradigm Shift

Some listeners may wish to know the kind of music we play on the Paradigm Shift. We try to select tracks that are relevant to the topic of the week. For example our show on 28 Sept 2018 was about Prisons so we played:

Pataphysics – Learned
Paddy McHugh – Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre
Cold Chisel – Four walls
Aywin – Finesse

The Paradigm Shift meets (or exceeds) the music quotas required on 4ZZZ. Here is the breakdown:

Since 2013 Paradigm Shift has played 1327 tracks.

Australian content 63.38%
Local content 32.63%
Female lead 48.08%
Indigenous content 18.01%
New content 29.16%
Tune in Fridays at Noon 4ZZZ fm 102.1

List of songs played since 2013 (please note that there are a few sounds listed that are not songs and there are some repetitions):

Episode Date Artist­ Track name
2/11/12 The Parameters Pig city
2/11/12 Billy Bragg Rule…

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No Gatton Women’s Prison

There are only a few days left to sign the petition! Join us in calling on the Queensland Government to return Southern Queensland Correctional Centre to public operation and stop selling out vulnerable women to private companies like Serco. If … Continue reading


Money talks at West Village

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‘All that glitters is not gold‘  –  ‘Merchant of Venice’ by Shakespeare. Photo: Councillor for the Gabba, Jonathan Sri, looks at West Village site (Courier Mail). The hole in the ground is still there but there are now some extra … Continue reading


The US stalking of Venezuela

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Join us for a discussion on the baleful influence of the United States upon the economy and society of Venezuela. Our discussion leaders will be Karla Manoli Orellana (Australia Solidarity for Latin America) and Eulalia Reyes de Whitney (Australia Venezuela … Continue reading


Hurried Steps – end violence against women

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Jewel Towers over Moving Sands

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‘All that glitters is not gold‘ – ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by Shakespeare. On that stretch of beach known for decades as Surfers by the locals and badged as the Gold Coast for international consumption hump back and western wright … Continue reading

Fariborz: ‘why did he die, and who is guilty?’

“Hello my oppressors and heartless prison officers … Do you know me? I am the same suffering and miserable mother who repeatedly begged you to help … My 26-year-old son had his last breaths in your mouldy tents and closed his beautiful eyes to your abomination, injustice, and disgusting policies. You even hesitate to provide him a bottle of cold water.” –  Fazileh Mansour Beigi, mother of the deceased Fariborz, Nauru, 24/6/2018.

In June 2018 I received a press release from the Refugee Action Coalition (RAC) in Sydney titled:


nauru death

Photos of police at RPC 1 gate on Nauru, this afternoon (15 June 2018)

It read in part: “RPC 3 is the detention centre (on Nauru) where around 250 people including children live in mouldy tents. Farhad’s (his real name is Fariborz) body was found in a tent in RPC 3.

The Nauru government has said that they are waiting for a doctor to come from Australia to perform an autopsy to confirm the cause of death.

“But we already know that Peter Dutton and offshore detention is responsible for Farhad’s (Fariborz) death,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson from the Refugee Action Coalition”.

The death toll in detention on Manus and Nauru was already high, I received these sad details from my sister who is a refugee activist in Melbourne.

On Manus
Reza Barati, 23-year-old Kurdish-Iranian asylum seeker, murdered, 17 February 2014
Hamid Kehazaei, 24-year-old Iranian asylum seeker, died after medical neglect,
5 September 2014
Kamil [Hussain], 34-year-old Pakistani, died at waterfall, 2 August 2016
Faysal Ishak Ahmed, 27-year-old Sudanese, died of seizure after medical neglect, 24 December 2016
Hamed Shamshiripour, 31-year-old Iranian, suicide, 7 August 2017
32-year-old, Sri Lankan Tamil, suicide, 2 October 2017
and today a 32 year old Rohingyan refugee, fell from bus, 22 May, 2018

On Nauru
Omid Masoumali, Iranian refugee, 29 April 2016 after setting himself on fire
Rakib, Bangladeshi refugee, suicide by pills, 11 May 2016
Bangladeshi refugee, killed on a motor bike 2 November 2017

Late last night I received this email from a teacher of English as a second language:

“On June 15 2018 Fariborz Karami suicided on Nauru after years in Australian created migration limbo.

For months his body was held in a makeshift morgue as his mother pleaded for his body to be moved and buried in Australia.

His body can now be buried in Australia, and the Refugee Action Coalition are collecting money to assist with the cost of burial.

Many (if not most) of the refugees held by the Australian government in detention are Muslim.”

Letter to Australian government guards from Fariborz’s mournful mother,
Fazileh Mansour Beigi in the
slaughterhouse and torture house of Nauru


‘You hate us that much?’  This what the mother of Fariborz asks in her letter to the authorities. I think it can be safely concluded that Muslims have replaced aboriginal people as the most scorned and reviled people by ‘mainstream’ Australians.

Aboriginal people were scorned by the mere fact that they were already here when Australia was colonized by the British.

Settlers would use any excuse to absolve their crimes of dispossession. And they still are making the same absurd claims such as Aboriginal people don’t look after their children.

However if you watched the AFL Grand Final last week you could see how Aboriginal people have won some approval from mainstream Australians, mainly through their prowess at sport and through the arts (Music, Dance, Film).

The most recent arrivals, Muslims, are not so lucky, they are most scorned and reviled. Why? Because they fled war and famine? Religion? Race? Culture?
We are not a multicultural society while we scorn people fleeing from developing countries.

The RAC June press release went on:

“Mental illness and medical neglect is deliberate government policy. Peter Dutton is quite willing to let people die and pretend that the Nauru government is responsible, ” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

This must change. Those who claim stopping the boats is saving lives are wrong.

Ian Curr
3 October 2018



When Joh went to Uni

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In 1980 or 1981, Bjelke-Petersen went to University of Queensland guarded by Qld Special Branch. Joh’s visit was controversial as the questions from the news media suggest. We have secured historic footage of the event. Standing behind Joh during the … Continue reading


‘Women are a colonised sex’

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This article situates Australian Elizabeth Reid’s contribution to International Women’s Year (IWY) (1975) within ongoing historiographical discussions on development and human rights. The world’s first advisor on women’s affairs to a head of government, Reid used the burgeoning Women’s Liberation Movement’s critique of ‘sexism’ to challenge IWY’s goals of formal equality, limited and undesirable outcomes that prevented women and men from instead becoming ‘more human’. These ideas were then used to challenge the dominance of economic development over individual and collective rights at the 1975 Mexico City conference, placing Reid as a participant in the 1970s human rights ‘breakthrough’. Continue reading

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No Gatton Womens Prison

Pardigm Shift 4zzz fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon …

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This week we talk about prisons – especially women and children in prison. Interviews with Meg Rodahan about the campaign against the new women’s prison at Gatton, and Belinda Lowe from Amnesty International about their campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14. Listen at 

Meg Rodahan (No Gatton Prison): Oppose the Gatton facility. Women are being taken from Wacol to to a new prison at Gatton to be run by SERCO which run prisons in Western Australian and detention centres for refugees.

Gatton will be a privately owned prison.

Gatton is a long way away from the city and there is no public transport so it is difficult for families to visit the women. 40% of the women imprisoned are on remand. That in for non-violent offences, like drugs and DVO orders taken out by police. No Gatton Prison is calling for a…

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Endgame for Schonell Theatre?

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‘I hear what you say’ – Sir Zelman Cowen. ‘All we leave are the memories‘ – slogan of Deen brothers demolitions Brisbane now has a long history of closing down old cinemas and throwing up cineplexes showing Hollywood crap at … Continue reading


Peaceful Assembly Act – Organising protests without getting fined

Here’s some basic advice on navigating the rules for holding public rallies and marches in Brisbane, which are governed by the Peaceful Assembly Act 1992. This is not a detailed guide on how to organise a protest, but simply a … Continue reading