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 … Continue reading Meanjin: portrait of a city on fire

Murder clouds, black from the edge

Eddie Murray was as cool as the other side of the pillow. There is no way Eddie could have hung himself, for mine, it was murder most foul. The coppers threatened Eddie and Arthur Murray in the lead-up to his 'suicide'; two weeks before they picked Eddie up, the cops told Arthur that they were going to get either him or his son, Eddie. But that's the way it goes when you're a blackfella and show up on the street.

Smoking ceremony in Park

Curr's defence team had argued the council had no power to enforce local laws on the land because, in 1999, the Queen granted a Deed of Grant of Land in Trust to Brisbane City Council on the condition it held the land "in trust for Aboriginal and for no other purpose whatsoever".

‘Educating for Democracy’

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 … Continue reading ‘Educating for Democracy’

Open Letter from Nyungah Land

Open Letter from Nyungah Land and Culture Protector Iva Hayward-Jackson
 Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 17/11/2014 - 6:57pm Recently The Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett, committed to closing down approximately one hundred and fifty remote Aboriginal communities in the State of Western Australia. The Premier has claimed that the closures would be … Continue reading Open Letter from Nyungah Land

Strange Trial of the Sacred Fire

On 9 October 2014 a magistrate issued a certificate of dismissal of two charges of maintaining the fire on the DOGIT in Musgrave Park on 18 December 2012 … this is because, on the first charge, a fire used for cooking is lawful under s6 of the Health Safety and Amenity Local Law Act 2009 because it falls within one of the exceptions of that Act.

Something that we have pointed out since the outset.

The second charge on 18 dec 2012 was dismissed because it is lawful to bring wood to a fire … there is no prohibition on bringing wood to the DOGIT under Health Safety and Amenity Local Law Act 2009.

At the trial this week I requested, through my lawyer, a certificate of dismissal of the charges under s 149 of the Queensland Justices Act to ensure that I could not be charged with those offences at some time in the future. I think that this should be a standard application by activists on political charges where police or council do not submit any evidence. As you all know, on too many occasions it has been the case that activists have turned up in court to hear that police or council are simply not going to present any evidence. And after all the hassle and stress people have left with no statement from the court. s 149 is one way this can be noted and recorded.

The dismissal of these charges is a small win but, I think you will agree, a significant one.

The magistrate has reserved his decision on the remaining three charges of lighting and maintaining the sacred fire … his decision, and more importantly, his reasons for decision will be crucial in understanding the legal status of the sacred fire on the DOGIT in Musgrave Park … I have published my reasons for this in this article.

G20 Peoples Summit: call for presenters/invitation

Brisbane Community Action Network - G20 http://www.briscan.net.au http://www.facebook.com/briscan.g20 Visioning another world Brisbane G20 Peoples Convergence Nov 8-16, 2014 Global Call to action Dear Friends, The G20 Leaders Summit will bring the leaders of the worlds’ 20 largest economies to Brisbane in November this year. The “austerity” budget that has just been delivered to Australians is … Continue reading G20 Peoples Summit: call for presenters/invitation

Aboriginal employment

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 … Continue reading Aboriginal employment

Petition to drop the Sorry Day charges in WA

Petitioning To the Honourable Helen Margaret Morton MLC The WA Minister of Child Protection, intervene and ensure all charges are dropped in relation to the May 26 protest. Petition by : Grandmothers Against Removals To the Honourable Helen Margaret Morton MLC, Minister for Child Protection, Western Australia: The petition of the undersigned shows: On National … Continue reading Petition to drop the Sorry Day charges in WA

Wretched of the Earth

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. --- Jean-Paul Sartre [Editor's … Continue reading Wretched of the Earth

Blockade for the Block

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. You can visit … Continue reading Blockade for the Block

Quandamooka reject Newman’s mandate claims for controversial North Stradbroke Island laws

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 … Continue reading Quandamooka reject Newman’s mandate claims for controversial North Stradbroke Island laws

Christopher Pyne and His Attempt to Re-ignite the Culture Wars

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 … Continue reading Christopher Pyne and His Attempt to Re-ignite the Culture Wars

an r word stew, with a dash of mabo

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 … Continue reading an r word stew, with a dash of mabo

This monday | take action to stop ongoing stolen generations

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 … Continue reading This monday | take action to stop ongoing stolen generations

Paternalism in Aboriginal child removal

[Editor's note: WBT does not usually post academic articles. However this article by Griffith University academic, Clare Tilbury, is helpful in understanding the level of aboriginal child removal since the Bringing them home report (1997) into the Stolen Generation. The article was first published on 10 JUL 2008, not long after the Kevin Rudd apology to … Continue reading Paternalism in Aboriginal child removal

Silences in the boom: coal seam gas and neoliberalism

[Editor's Note: Combined here is an extract from an article published in the Journal of Political Ecology and a talk given by one of the authors, Ack Mercer, at Brisbane Free Uni. The article text below originally contained some references that I have removed. Thnx to brisbane free uni who put on this talk by … Continue reading Silences in the boom: coal seam gas and neoliberalism

“Saying ‘Sorry’ doesn’t mean you still take our children”

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 http://youtu.be/nF8nnpcslRY Brisbane Sovereign Grannies Group The inaugural meeting of the Brisbane Sovereign Grannies group was held … Continue reading “Saying ‘Sorry’ doesn’t mean you still take our children”

MAY 26 | NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION | STOP ONGOING STOLEN GENERATIONS

Dear all, 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 … Continue reading MAY 26 | NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION | STOP ONGOING STOLEN GENERATIONS

National Statement – 26 May 2014: Aboriginal Control of Aboriginal Welfare

National Statement - 26 May 2014 Say NO to Continuing Stolen Generations | Aboriginal Control of Aboriginal Welfare Returning children must be the priority | No forced adoptions | Support and services to prevent removals We, as Aboriginal Grandparents and parents, have called protests across the country on May 26 demanding the return of our … Continue reading National Statement – 26 May 2014: Aboriginal Control of Aboriginal Welfare

Operation Stapler at Bentley Blockade in Northern Rivers

The NSW Police have a plan called Operation Stapler to break up the broad and successful Bentley Blockade, a community-based stand to stop the gorgeous farmland of Northern Rivers becoming a gasfield. It involves approx 800 police and the Blockade folk have asked me to approach  environment groups and concerned individuals with information on how … Continue reading Operation Stapler at Bentley Blockade in Northern Rivers

Thatcherism in Queensland Housing

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond … Continue reading Thatcherism in Queensland Housing