“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
[Publishers Note: At a time where appearance and legal fiction dominate, Assistant Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll took part in a smoking ceremony around a fire in Musgrave Park during the G20 summit. Did they arrest the Commissioner? Well no, of course not … read the Brisbane Times article below.… Go to Article
EDUCATING FOR DEMOCRACY?
A classic address on the Australian Constitution. I do not know if this is Brandis’ speech or the PM’s speech delivered by Brandis. If the latter, then I am sure there would have been an outcry again, against the PM.
I call it a ‘classic’ address because it clearly messages that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are on the verge of joining the very, very British instrument called the Australian constitution.… Go to Article
Beginning in 1998 the Queensland Labor Government attempted, with the support of the Aboriginal Community, to build a cultural centre in Musgrave park. The government set up a deed-of-grant-in-trust dedicating the land ‘for aboriginal and for no other purpose whatsoever’. The state government made the Brisbane City Council Trustee of the land under a deed-of-grant-in-trust.… Go to Article
For the past two years I’ve been inspired watching Boe Spearim get up at rallies and introduce himself in his Gamilaraay language. Every time, he would announce his traditional name, his clans and his nation. We have now reconstructed a way of introducing ourselves in our Nganaywana language!
Nganaywana… Go to Article
whilst twiggy forrest is running around the country attempting to sell his master plan to ‘save’ we aborigines from our 60 000+ years of culture and history. to, in a sense, to save us from ourselves. apparently there are thousands upon thousands of well paid jobs if we only become romany-like and travel around the country picking fruit.… Go to Article
Europeans, you must open this book and enter into it.
After a few steps in the darkness you will see strangers
gathered around a fire; come close, and listen,
for they are talking of the destiny they will mete out
to your trading-centres and to the hired soldiers
who defend them.
… Go to Article
On July 7th, the development of new housing is set to occur at the Block in Redfern. The bulldozers will attempt to roll in to erase centuries of Aboriginal occupation, and four decades of Aboriginal social housing. An Aboriginal Tent Embassy stands in their way, and mob are calling for our support.… Go to Article
Senior representatives of the traditional owners of North Stradbroke Island – the Quandamooka people – have rejected claims by premier, Campbell Newman, that his government has a mandate for its North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability and Another Act Amendment Act 2013 (Qld), which extends sand mining on the island until 2035 without the consent of the Quandamooka people.… Go to Article
The June 2014 meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 4th of June at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury StWest End. The topic is “Christopher Pyne and His Attempt to Re-ignite the Culture Wars”. The discussion of this topic will be introduced by Adrian Skerritt who has provided the following summary of his talk:
With the Review of the National Curriculum for schools, Christopher Pyne is aiming to reignite the culture wars that raged during the Howard years.… Go to Article
the attached documentation from michael anderson, aka ghillar, on behalf of the sovereign rights of the traditional owners of the aboriginal lands, again highlights the problems of the invader governments in recognising our rights to our lands.
over the years there has been, and continues to be, attempts by governments to assimilate the sovereign aborigines in this land of australia.… Go to Article
Momentum is gathering toward the National Day of Action on Sorry Day this Monday calling for a STOP to Ongoing Stolen Generations!!
Over 12 protests have been organised across the country and workshops have been called in Sydney on May 25 to support affected families!
Grandmothers Against Removals have issued a video call-out to urge people to get involved and mobilise affected families and supporters!!… Go to Article
Sorry Day events in Brisbane
Monday, 26 May 2014
11 am Rally Parliament House, George Street
12.30 pm March to DOCS at 111 George Street
2 pm Forum & Yarning, New Farm Neighbourhood Centre
967 Brunswick Street, New Farm
Brisbane Sovereign Grannies Group
The inaugural meeting of the Brisbane Sovereign Grannies group was held at Jagera Hall on 27 Mar 2014.… Go to Article
National Sorry Day is less than two weeks away and Aboriginal rights groups across the country are preparing to protest!! A National Day of Action has been called for May 26 demanding an end to the ongoing Stolen Generations and for Aboriginal community control of Aboriginal welfare.
A national statement, included below, has been developed and protests/events have been called in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Alice Springs.… Go to Article