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Saving the University Union Complex

Paradigm Shift

The University has become a student industrial complex. The UQ Senate that gave Premier Joh Bjelke Petersen a doctorate of laws and set up a multi-million dollar shrine to Dow Chemicals that helped napalm millions of Vietnamese people now wishes to demolish the last vestige of resistance, the UQ Forum area, the refectory, the Schonell, and Student Union Building. If this ideological move by the University is successful UQ will have put the last touches to a once-was institution of higher learning and critical thought into a multi-billion dollar corporate dreamworld of shopping malls, collaboration plazas and food and beverage opportunity. There are no ‘nuanced negotiators’ on this show they are for creative freedom and political action.

Paradigm Shift discussion saving the UQ Union Complex between Annie Richards (author & academic), Lee Duffield (Journalist), Jeff Rickertt (Librarian & Historian), Priya (Student union Councillor & Socialist Alternative). Hosted by Ian. Historic…

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QANTAS, where’s our bonus?

ASUnion in Airlines‏ @ASUairlines8Where’s our bonus? …


Change the Rules campaign

Feb 18, 2019 This week in Beenleigh, next week in Logan … not just Labor apparatchiks, grassroots as well … change of government coming. Australian Unions‏ @unionsaustraliaF Packed room in Beenleigh in the electorate of Forde. Hundreds people came out … Continue reading


Protestors block housing development at Deebing Creek Aboriginal Mission

Protestors have set up camp at the old Deebing Creek Aboriginal Mission, near Ipswich in south-east Queensland, in a bid to block a major housing development at the site which they say is “very dear” to the local Aboriginal community.  … Continue reading


Terania 40 years on – the forest battle continues

On Friday the Lismore Regional Gallery opened the first exhibitions for the year – one of which is entitled The Terania Creek Protest… Eve Jeffery In September 1974, a young couple, Hugh and Nan Nicholson, bought an abandoned farm at … Continue reading


Rally – Save the UQ Union Complex

University of Queensland management wants to demolish the original UQ Union Building, the Refectory, the Relaxation Block, the Forum Area and the Schonell Theatre, replacing them with a centre primarily dedicated to corporate retail. These buildings, constructed in waves from … Continue reading


Strike for Climate Action

To everyone who cares about a safe climate future, this is your invite to join our School Strike 4 Climate – students standing up when our politicians won’t. Sign-up for a March 15 #ClimateStrike near you today.* Australia is in the … Continue reading


Hands off Venezuela

Brisbane rally: Hands off Venezuela – No more US coups Public · Hosted by Brisbane AVSN – Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network Alex Bainbridge invited youInterestedGoingIgnoreShare Saturday at 1 PM – 2 PM5 days from now · 20–27°C Rain Showers King George … Continue reading

What Should Universities Be?

The University of Sydney Association of Professors (USAP) invited a broad group of professors and managers from Australian Universities, with representatives from government and media, to consider the current and future opportunities and challenges in higher education generally and for Universities in particular. The response was distilled into a program with sixteen speakers and two panels, one at the end of each of the two days. As expected, we received a diversity of views. We present these individually in the report below, rather than attempt an anodyne average that would lose power!

In addition, a proposal was presented for the formation of an Australian Association of University Professors (AAUP), to form a voice for professorial members in working with business and government, while not overlapping with the University Peak Bodies and lobby groups

In this report we present a brief summary drawn from the abstracts and the presentations of many of the speakers and from the two panels. These are listed below in the order they were presented.

Please go to the USAP WEBSITE ( for the program, the bios of the speakers, and the full papers or extended abstracts where available. There is a great deal of thought in these papers.



DAY 1, Session 1. – Acknowledgment to Country

Opening address: Professor STEPHEN GARTON, Provost University of Sydney

The emergence of mass education systems in the postwar era has raised fundamental questions about the purpose, governance and mission of individual institutions and of institutional systems. Economists have largely ignored the role of universities, for example in the creation of millions of new jobs that fuel invention, innovation, employment and the service sector. Universities can play a central role in national and international policy teamwork when government and business engage. The expansion has raised new opportunities and challenges, for example in collegial governance in the requirements for academic and corporate rigour, and the many complex calls on resources over a period of reducing public funding and support. [Visit Website for full paper]

Keynote Lecture: Who or what leads a university in 2018? Professor SIR ERIC THOMAS, Vice Chancellor (to 2016) University of Bristol, UK

No university is an island. Universities are impacted by many external variables over which they may have limited control yet they can greatly affect the institution. Universities are also shaped by the style of their leadership. This presentation will discuss the effects of some important external variables and explore the strength of collegial leadership. This will set the background for further presentations and potential recommendations [Visit website for full paper].

The Dilemmas (and Delights?) of the Modern University. Professor MARIAN BAIRD AO, University of Sydney

Education exports are now $31.9 Bn/yr and have increased 14% in 2018, making brains almost equivalent to minerals and coal as Australia’s top earning sectors. The massification of tertiary education, and the expansion of international student numbers, bring two-way benefits and challenges. The overall proportion of international students at 26%, being over 50% of students in business schools, can cause cultural advantage and some practical disadvantage, but has proven to be the economic cash cow in development of Australian universities into corporate giants, with complex layers and requirements in managerial and real estate. Few academics want to be managers, and women want jobs that are secure and have workplace respect – whereas many are in casual jobs that preclude careers.

Australian Universities and the Politics of Time Management. PAUL GILES, Professor of English, University of Sydney

Academic time-scales are not readily commensurable with political time-scales. Profoundly influential projects may take years or decades to bring to maturity. This has always been difficult to manage in an Australian context, where academia, like the judiciary, has found itself under pressure from exigent forms of democracy that have generally not been sympathetic to alternative public spheres. With reference to particular precedents, I argue that universities need to be more responsible in the allocation of research time, just as government agencies need to understand that scholarly time cannot properly be directed according to conventional bureaucratic measures.


DAY 1, Session 2

Global and Local: what should a top international university be? JOHN HEARN, Professor of Physiology, School of Medical Sciences

The balance between local and global in research and teaching, thinking and engagement, is critical in addressing global challenges. Among the leading 200 world universities, a variety of instruments are used to build teamwork and nurture minds. Global policy frameworks such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030, Climate Accords, and the China Belt and Road Initiative provide opportunities. There are countercurrents that deviate from OECD guidelines. Poor leadership, managerialism and

bureaucratic bullying have reduced academic quality, increased costs and wasted time. Universities must return to basics, simplify, and reform for the future.

The Politics of Higher Education. Professor JOHN HEWSON AM, The Australian National University.

As politics becomes increasingly short term, opportunistic, populous and mostly negative “game”, focused on point scoring and blame shifting, higher education has become something of a political football, especially as government positions fluctuate. Universities may gain advantage in a “2030 plan, setting ambitious targets and the pathways to achieve them. There is an urgent need to depoliticize higher education, perhaps by establishing an independent Higher Education Commission that takes key issues out of day to day politics. The advance of technologies, and the new options for teaching and communications, raises questions about the overbuilding of universities. The majority of Australian

Universities are “State” owned, but see little return of state payroll and other taxes paid. [Visit website for expanded abstract]

Irreproducibility: nothing is more certain

Professor SALLY CRIPPS, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney

Strategies for survival as an academic researcher become ever more necessary. The opportunities through interdisciplinary research are enormous, for example in predicting complex systems related to weather, drought or floods. The pressures to attract sustainable funding are heavy. To cut through to success, it is necessary to choose a small number of challenges and fundamentally important questions that will deliver impact. It is important to start small and stay focused. Choosing collaborators is an art, in building teams and mutual respect. Deciding when to finish collaborations can be important. Strong, enthusiastic and supportive leadership is essential.

The biggest bang for the buck: how to optimize research productivity. Professor HANS PETER DIETZ, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Sydney

Productivity is central to most human endeavour, and that’s also true for our core business of research. We as a University need to stay competitive. Productivity is the key and more important than ever due to increasing global competition. Unfortunately, our means of measuring productivity are very limited, and in some instances downright unsuitable. I’ll summarize the outcome measures in current use and focus on their limitations. To start measuring productivity is an urgent, crucial matter because productivity is being impacted by multiple factors outside our control. I’ll examine what can be done to mitigate some of those factors.

What Makes a Good University? Professor RAEWYN CONNELL, University of Sydney, and Life Member, National Tertiary Education Union.

It’s helpful to consider what makes a university possible in the first place: an allocation of social resources and social authority, carrying with them an obligation for social justice. This contrasts with the current semi-official definition of quality – in the rating scales and league tables – that treats universities

as competing firms run by profit-maximizing managers, whether they are legally ‘public’ or ‘private’. What should universities be? As institutions, they should be industrial democracies. As employers, they should create the conditions for a sustainable workforce. As educators, they should teach from direct knowledge of the students. As research centres, they should embody a fundamental commitment to truthfulness and enable widest participation in the making and circulation of knowledge. Out-of-control growth of managerial control of university operations, enabled by toxic government policymaking and self-seeking corporate interests is the wrong path. My main recommendation for reform: Make all senior management positions and all university council positions elective.


PUBLIC DEBATE: In association with SYDNEY IDEAS. Chaired by Professor Don Nutbeam, U of Sydney

Panelists: Sir Eric Thomas (BRISTOL), Professor Adrian Piccoli (UNSW), Professor Sinthia Bosnic- Anticevich, Raj Logaraj (Raffles Partners)

The debate commenced with the question “What should students expect?” The debate and answers reinforced that students are at the heart of university objectives and should have inspired teaching, be valued and respected partners, form a high level academic and social peer group, and enjoy excellent facilities, supervision and support. Universities are national assets and should contribute to the international reputation of the country, and also align with innovation and economic development.

Students and staff should work in preparing minds to address as yet unpredicted challenges.

NOTE: The proceedings of this debate were recorded by SYDNEY IDEAS and may be found at



How can universities best prepare students for the future of work? Professor PETER SHERGOLD, Chancellor Western Sydney University.

The scale, speed and impact of workplace change is hotly contested. What is clear, however, is that cognitive technologies and machine learning will give rise to robotic process automation of many skilled administrative and professional tasks. The demand for traditional competencies will be eroded and new occupational demands (technology-driven or human-centred) will emerge. There is a natural inclination, in the absence of clear foresight, to keep educating students for the jobs of 2019 – a tendency exacerbated by the increasing influence of professional associations and their registration processes on university curricula. In the facet of transformative change, how can universities best respond? How can we best prepare students for the uncertainties of professional employment, community engagement and democratic citizenship?

Aligning institutional incentives with good social outcomes. ROSS GITTINS, Economics Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

For thirty years, successive federal government have worked to get university funding off the federal budget. This has amounted to an undeclared, unplanned, backdoor privatisation of universities, which has left them preoccupied with the search for funding, uncertain about their modus operandi, facing conflicting and perverse incentives and tempted to mistreat staff and students in the way a commercial corporation might.

The federal government should reconsider its so far undeclared motives, examine the undesirable consequences of its actions to date and provide universities with funding regime that relieves the financial pressure on them and restores a better balance between their twin roles of teaching and research [See website for expanded abstract]

The changing nature of the academic role. Professor PAULINE ROSS, Professor of Biology, University of Sydney.

In 2000, broadly, Academics were happy and had grants for excellent work, support assistants and students. Students came to lectures. In 2020 academics are struggling to teach, students don’t come, research funding is very scarce and quality research students also hard to find. There is more and more demand for administration by academics, even through the ranks of administrators have tripled!

Between 2008-18 there has been a 300% increase in teaching only positions, often casual, and almost no increase in teaching and research or research only jobs. The balanced research and teaching academic is becoming extinct.

Why Is the Market for Degrees Different to the Market for Apples? Asymmetric Information and Higher Education. Professor TONY ASPROMOURGOS, School of Economics, University of Sydney

Dissent with respect to the rise of the managerialist university, understood as a shift towards supposed corporate forms of governance, and associated with greater competition between universities—has commonly appealed to the notion of the university as a special kind of corporate entity that at least partly transcends merely economic considerations. We argue that a purely economic analysis of the university provides a sufficient basis for repudiating the managerialist model. Useful possible reforms include strict term limits on tenure of the holders of substantial executive power within universities, and restoration of departmental, school, faculty etc. boards of academics for the ratification of university policies.

Diversity and inclusion: why is it essential for excellence in higher education? Professor RENAE RYAN, Professor of Biochemical Pharmacology, University of Sydney.

There is a long standing challenge in fostering the engagement of women in STEM subjects, but diversity and inclusion are essential for excellence in higher education. Diverse teams are more effective and deliver better results. Inclusion of gender and geographic dimensions builds a more effective base and

greater capacity to perform. The candidates are there to engage in higher education, but the pathways seem few and far between.

Images and Representations of the University: from Cardinal Newman to Ernst and Young. Professor JOSEPH G DAVIS, Professor of Information Systems and Services, University of Sydney.

This presentation will explore the ideal of the modern university starting with Cardinal Newman’s vision of the University as the citadel of classical liberal education to the present moment characterised by the ongoing neoliberal transformation. I will discuss a range of representations including the Humboldtian German University model and its refinement and rebirth as the American research university and graduate school. The rise of the contemporary neoliberal university against the backdrop of massively expanded aspirations for higher education, greater involvement of the corporate sector, tendency towards commodification of knowledge, shrinking state support, and technology-driven skills and competencies and the tensions and contradictions it engenders will be reviewed.

Clark Kerr and Higher Education in 20th century America

MAX BENNETT, School of Medical Sciences (Physiology) University of Sydney

Clark Kerr, President of the University of California (UC; 1958-1967) was responsible for implementing

the most complete plan for higher education anywhere in the world, namely the ‘Master Plan for Higher Education in California’. The OECD recommended that all member states follow this Plan, which many did. Kerr had to contend with a number of issues in order to implement the Plan of which the following might be of interest: the sources of funding that allowed implementation; the centrality of departments/disciplines; decentralization of administration; attempts to introduce interdisciplinary schools; the use and abuse of rankings; and finally, the impact of socio-economic factors.


University of Hong Kong (to 1 January 2018)

The closing panelists included ROSS GITTINS, Economics Editor SMS; Professor TAILOI CHAN LING, Physiology; and Professor CHRIS MURPHY, Head School of Medical Sciences and Member of Senate.

The discussions brought out important points including (i) Rankings are flawed but parents look at them (as do Vice Chancellors – and many universities “game” the rankings); (ii) publish or perish strategies are flawed, for example the recent Nobel Prize winner in anti-cancer immunology, James Allison, published few papers; young early career researchers are despondent and doubting research careers; (iii) politicians follow, not lead – academics must speak with a unified voice; (iv) department and disciplines are the engine of university discovery and learning, and are being neutralized by bureaucrats; (iv) an independent higher education commission might help, but had been used previously and closed; (v) political intervention in the academic peer review process is a serious assault on academic freedom.

FOLLOW UP. The Council of USAP will learn from the symposium and consider future options, consulting with Professors and stakeholders across Australia in determining any joint actions.


The UQ Forum as Community

Radical simply means‘grasping things at the root’- Angela Davis The larger question here is, of course, what is the role of the University? This topic was debated again at two high profile conferences in Sydney late last year, so I … Continue reading

Regime change in Venezuela

Regime change in Caracas would be the prerequisite to dismantling the Bolivarian Bloc consisting of Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador, the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) in El Salvador, and several other actors in Latin America.” – Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya in “Rise of the Anti-Government Flash Mobs: First Ukraine, Now Venezuela” 20 February 2014[Source]

Paradigm Shift

12pm Fri 15 Feb 2019: Regime Change in Venezuela

When the sun scorched the earth
a child was being born in the mountain,
in a cradle of hard stone
that poisoned him.
 PEGALE DURO AL FIERO by Ruben Galindo

Panel – Eulalia Reyes de Whitney (Australia Venezuela Solidarity Network), Alex Bainbridge (Green Left Weekly), Trevor Berrill (, Bevan Ramsden (Independent & Peaceful Australia Network), Ian Curr (Paradigm Shift, 4ZZZ).

Discussion about the causes and what to do about current crisis in Venezuela. Listen at

Elalia Reyes de Whitney, Alex Bainbridge, Trevor Berrill in 4 ZZZ studios

As it did with regime change in Libya and in Iraq the US decided to destabilise Venezuela and take the oil. Russia, China and Cuba oppose it. The US created a political crisis where Maduro is embattled. They fund the opposition groups. They created the humanitarian crisis by placing an embargo on US…

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Film: Capharnaum

I recommend this film. It shows the uneven economic development of Lebanon inside the slums of Beirut. Neo-cons said their policies would bring wealth to Lebanon in the 1970s but this was untrue. And who suffers? Foreign workers are shipping … Continue reading


Sorry Day: searching for Sasha

Darkness drops again; but now I knowThat 20 centuries of stony sleepWere vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?- W B Yeats Went to sorry day … Continue reading


Last train for Julian?

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Last Train to Mirabad Julian Assange took on the US Wikileak’d ten years war in Afghanistan Julian roams downstairs in Woolwich Court Thinking what would Pilger and Ellsberg do now? Waiting to be taken through tunnel to Belmarsh Prison Where … Continue reading


Save 37 Murri Homes in Toowoomba

Dear Members of the Community, As members of the Toowoomba Housing Task Force, we are reaching out to you about our campaign to save the 37 Aboriginal homes recently put up for auction. On Christmas Eve last year, families were … Continue reading


Inland Tsunami in the Gulf

After six years of drought, Mount Isa residents prayed for rain. Then it flooded For graziers who sweated to keep their herds alive, praying for rain, the scale of the flood is hard to take Out the back of Mount … Continue reading


Refugee Medivac Bill passed

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Morrison and his government have proven to be lightweight. The modest reform (Medivac Bill) which allows doctors to transfer refugees from detention on hellholes like Nauru & Manus Islands to mainland Australia passed through the House of Reps on 12 … Continue reading


Coup in Venezuela

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Pégale duro al Fiero Strike the beast hardporque si no te deja el hombre; Because if you don’t it will leave you hunger;pégale porque te mata Strike it because they’ll kill you y te echan la tierra encima, And they’ll cover … Continue reading


Tornado in Havana

Cuba Friendship SocietyGeneral meeting this Tuesday 12 Feb 2019Get ready for the National Consultation 29-31 March Tornado in HavanaMassive reconstruction work underway#FuerzaCuba  A massive tornado ripped through five municipalities of Havana on 27 January. Four people were killed and 195 … Continue reading


Book Launch: ‘Adventures with Agitators’ by Paul Richards

Adventures with Agitators is a tribute to the resilience, determination, patience and tolerance of the Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders of Queensland. In a series of short yarns about their battles in the justice and political systems, this book … Continue reading


Why I don’t like Eurovision

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Although only a small protest both outside and inside, it had a big impact. There was a national news report on SBS, a Guardian article and about at least 4 other articles that had a couple of BDS paragraphs about the event and the winner. SBS should pull out of Eurovision 2019 in Israel.

Prior to my being escorted out of the venue at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, members of the audience at Eurovision ‘Australia decides’ pulled down this banner on three occasion, on each occasion yelling out this is not the appropriate place. One guy waved his Australian flag in my face. Continue reading


Australian Artists’ Appeal: Don’t Play Eurovision in Israel

Eurovision 2019 ‘Australia Decides’ Israel boycott and protest action on Saturday 8 February, Gold Coast Convention Centre Australian artists are calling on SBS, Sony Music Australia, and all ten contestants in Saturday’s ‘Australia Decides’ Eurovision Song Contest event to hear the voices of … Continue reading


From the Gabba Ward

Here’s another update on various projects and issues around Brisbane’s inner-south side. As usual, I would appreciate it if you can forward this email on to any friends or neighbours who might be interested.

Kangaroo Point Peninsula Community Garden

With the support of Kangaroo Point Neighbourhood Watch, quite a few KP residents are interested in setting up a community garden in one of the public parks on the western side of the peninsula. At the moment, the leading proposal for the garden location is at the northern end of James Warner Park, just next to the Story Bridge Jazz Club carpark.

I’m very open to this idea, but as this represents a significant change to how a public park is used, I want to make sure everyone gets the chance to have a say. I’m running a community vote to help inform this decision and demonstrate to council that there’s strong local support for the idea. If you have an interest in this part of Kangaroo Point, please follow this link to cast your vote.

Serbian Orthodox Church Open House and Renovation Plans

The Serbian Orthodox Church on Ross Street in Woolloongabba is a striking local landmark with a long and proud history. Internal renovation works have recently been completed, and they’re inviting all members of the local community to have a look inside.

Importantly, they’re also exploring options to relocate or demolish the old hall on the southern side of the site (directly opposite the main church entrance) to free up more open space. They don’t want to put in any more buildings – they just want to make room for a bit of greenery and a proper entranceway. They’ve been planning to remove this building for many years. However it’s listed on the local heritage register.

In order to decide whether I’ll support or object to the removal, I’m facilitating an open discussion on the afternoon of Sunday, 17 March so the church committee can share their plans with residents, and we can get feedback from the surrounding community.

The open day kicks off at 3pm, with tours of the church and surrounding grounds. From 4pm we’ll be meeting in the main church hall to discuss the complex question of what should happen to the old heritage-listed building. Everyone’s welcome to come on a tour of the church and take part in the discussion.

When: 3 to 5pm, Sunday 17 March
Where: Serbian Orthodox Church, 6 Ross St, Woolloongabba
RSVP on Facebook ›

Brisbane & GPS Rowing Club Expansion

The Brisbane & GPS Rowing Club on Hill End Terrace in West End is a non-profit community club that’s open to anyone to join. They have seen substantial growth in members and are keen to expand their facility. They also want to offer a bit of room to the West End Canoe Club.

Their facility in Orleigh Park is owned by council. They are currently negotiating their proposal with BCC and will soon be lodging a development application for the renovations. We held a community meeting about this issue last year, and I’m co-organising another meeting at the club on the evening of Monday, 25 February so residents can get a look at the plans and ask questions before they go through the formal council process.

Please come along to this meeting to see what’s proposed and share your views.

Where: 98 Hill End Terrace, West End
When: 5:45pm, Monday, 25 February
You can also invite friends via the Facebook event.

4101 Resident Parking Permit Scheme

Council has finally released the draft map of the new parking rules that will come into effect for the southern half of West End and Highgate Hill from 18 March. You can view the map at this link (we can also send you a PDF if you’re having trouble viewing it). As explained on this page, on some streets there will be a mix of parking rules, with some areas left as unlimited parking for everyone, and some areas marked ‘2P, resident permits excepted.’ On other streets – particularly the southern side of Highgate Hill and the high-density area to the west of Montague Rd – there are no significant changes to the existing unlimited parking, so those residents won’t need to apply for permits.

The map is still a draft, and my office is requesting a few minor changes, including more short-term parking on Hill End Terrace alongside Orleigh Park. After the scheme has been in place for a few months, we will review the rules and make further adjustments to the signage in response to changes in parking behaviour.

Here’s the link to the official council page to apply for permits. It doesn’t say it on the website, but you can call up 3403 8888 and request a physical visitor permit instead of an online one. I encourage all residents to get a physical visitor permit, because these are easier to pass from one car to another, whereas if you have a digital visitor permit you have to go online on and tell the council the vehicle registration number every time someone visits.

I’m also calling another public meeting for residents of Baynes St, Ewart St and Hove St to see what people think of the parking rules the council has proposed. This will be an important discussion to be part of if you can. The council is still receiving regular complaints from residents about vehicles blocking footpaths, and I want to make sure we get the balance right in terms of how much parking remains unlimited, and how much of the street is for resident permits.

Where: corner of Ewart St and Baynes St, Highgate Hill
When: Sunday, 3 March, 4:30pm to 6pm
Facebook event at this link.

Drive Under 40 in 4101

Finally, I wanted to express my support for the Kurilpa Futures community campaign that’s encouraging all motorists to stick to driving at 40km/h around South Brisbane, West End and Highgate Hill. Many parts of the 4101 postcode are already limited to 40km/h, and new school zone speed limits will also soon be installed around Brisbane State High School.

The Kurilpa Peninsula has changed dramatically in recent years, with rapid densification contributing to many more pedestrians and cyclists on the street. A general speed limit of 40km/h is a lot safer for all road users, and I think it’s inevitable that council will eventually drop the speed uniformly in the inner-city, however that could take some time.

While I continue to advocate for lower speed limits within council (both on residential side-streets and on main roads like Montague Rd), I think it would be great if everyone can drive to local conditions. BCC is very slow at making changes, so it’ll help greatly if residents lead the charge. There’s a Facebook page for this campaign at this link.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with my office. Don’t forget to check out all the other community events listed below.

Best wishes,

Upcoming Events

Migrant Women to the Front: A Panel on Sexual Health

Thu, 14 Feb, 06:00pm–09:00pm
128 Boundary St, West End

Join True Relationships and Reproductive Health and the One Woman Project for an alternate February 14th activity; a panel on sexual health and relationships led by women of migrant backgrounds. This event is open to all and whilst it prioritises the voices of migrant women and women of migrant backgrounds, all members of the community are welcome to attend. Finger food and dessert will be catered by The Good Food Project, a social enterprise that supports women from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Facebook event ▸

Valentine Date Night @ The Sunset Social

Fri, 15 Mar, 05:00pm–09:00pm
Davies Park Soccer Field, West End

Sunset Drinks & SummaFeast with your Loved One @ Davies Park West End 4101 .. Make it a Date Night .. BYO A PICNIC RUG .. Food Trucks are Back .. Come & Enjoy 😊 Family Fun & Pet Friendly Cocktail 🍹 Jugs .. Craft Beers .. Live Tunes & More Facebook event ▸

West End Community Feast

Sat, 23 Feb, 03:00pm–08:00pm
Davies Park Soccer Field, West End

All are welcome to the West End Community Feast! A shared meal made from rescued food. Come together in conversation over nourishing food that would otherwise have been wasted. Get together to combat food waste, eat healthy and ignite change through hands-on demonstrations and knowledge sharing with cultural community groups and local chefs. Facebook event ▸

Body Positive Pool Party 2019

Sun, 24 Feb, 06:00pm–09:00pm
Musgrave Park Swimming Pool,100 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane

The Body Positive Pool party aims to take a space that is historically problematic for folks with bodies that sit outside of society’s oppressive beauty standards and racialised gender norms, and transform it into a space that embraces radical, body positivity. The night will include: Live music | Food | Thematically linked art | Stalls | SWIMMING | Raffle | much more. Waged, unwaged, and combo tickets available. Fundraiser for the Gar’ban’djee’lum Network and Sovereign Families. Get Tickets ▸ | Facebook event ▸

Community Meeting: Rowing Club Extension Plans

Mon, 25 Feb, 05:45pm–07:00pm
98 Hill End Terrace, West End

The Brisbane & GPS Rowing Club on Hill End Terrace in West End is a non-profit community club that’s open to anyone to join. They have seen substantial growth in members and are keen to expand their facility. Please come along to this meeting to see what’s proposed and share your views. Facebook event ▸

Baynes St Community Meeting: Proposed Parking Rule Changes

Sun, 03 Mar, 04:30pm–05:45pm
Corner of Baynes St and Ewart St, Highgate Hill

Residents of Baynes St, Ewart St and Hove St are invited to a community meeting to see what everyone thinks of the new parking rules the council has proposed. This will be an important discussion to be part of if you can. Facebook event ▸

International Working Women’s Day Rally 2019

Sat, 09 Mar, 01:00pm–03:30pm
Queens Gardens, Brisbane, George St, Brisbane City

IWD was originally called International Working Women’s Day, and acted as a day of protest for the rights of working women: equal pay, maternity leave, equal rights in general. Nowadays, it tends to be more of a celebration, as if women have all the rights they could want. This event aims to remind people of the struggles still to come and throw back to the day’s socialist origins, emphasising a day for women who all do so much work, whether paid or not. Facebook event ▸

Stop Fining Healthy Transport National Bicycle Parade!

Sat, 16 Mar, 12:00pm–02:00pm
Wheel of Brisbane, Russell St, South Bank

This is a celebration of casual bike riding and will include a slow ride around the city. Facebook event ▸

Serbian Orthodox Church Neighbourhood Feedback Day

Sun, 17 Mar, 03:00pm–05:00pm
Serbian Orthodox Church Woolloongabba, 6 Ross Street, Woolloongabba

After 40 years (including 15 of construction) the new Serbian Orthodox Church is complete. The parish community is welcoming the broader community to an open day to have a look inside. This will be followed with a town hall style meeting to decide what to do with the now redundant old church (which was heritage listed by BCC). Facebook event ▸

Jonathan Sri Councillor for the Gabba Ward

2/63 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba
P: 07 3403 2165 • E:

We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owners of the lands on which we work, and pay our respects to elders, past and present. Continue reading


The CIA, Pine Gap and the Coup that removed the Whitlam Government

The Whitlam government of 1972 to 1975 responded to a wave of progressive feeling and ushered in a new political era for Australia. Briefly Australia became an independent state. Whitlam ended colonial servility. He abolished Royal patronage, no Sir’s and … Continue reading


Boycott Eurovision in Israel

Over 60 international NGO’s have added their voices in protest against the plan to hold the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv this year. They are now part of what is quickly becoming an international campaign by … Continue reading


Save Deebing Creek


Burning Stalin & Nixon @ UQ union complex

There will be a meeting at 5.30pm on Thursday 14 February in Room 220 of the Michie Building, St Lucia campus, to plan for the rally on the 25th and discuss further activities. I have attached a revised version of the rally … Continue reading


Government proposal puts politics above humanity

The Federal Government’s attempt to derail the proposed refugee medical transfer bill cynically places politics above humane treatment of seriously ill refugees. – Spokesperson for the Refugee Action Campaign Canberra Dr John Minns said this today. He slammed the Government’s … Continue reading


Banking Commissioner meets cannibal

its all about bankers doing the right thing not about regulation – its character! Greed etc etc – banks have responded to emerging issues and readjusted and on and on says Professor Hogan on ABC TV ‘the Business’
Hi all,

for an antidote to the self serving and hypocritical crap we are reading as commentary on the banking commission report, see a series of short essays by Humphrey McQueen in the latest issue of Meanjin:

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Stop the demolition of historic UQ Student Union Complex

The first meeting of the 17 Group for 2019 will take place on Wednesday the 6th of February at 7 pm in Unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End.  You have probably already heard of the project of the … Continue reading