“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
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!
Visioning another world Brisbane G20 Peoples Convergence Nov 8-16, 2014
Global Call to action
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 a small taste of what people around the world have been experiencing under G20 driven economic systems — systems which prioritise profit over community welfare and the environment.… 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
To the Honourable Helen Margaret Morton MLC, Minister for Child Protection, Western Australia:
The petition of the undersigned shows:
On National Sorry Day May 26, 2014, Nyoongar activists Vanessa Culbong and Isabel Brown were arrested during a demonstration at the head office of the Department of Child Protection in Perth(DCP).… 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.
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
[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 the Stolen Generation (13 February 2008).… Go to Article
[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 a group of activists and academics (drew hutton, trevor berrill, sarah lowe & ack mercer) about coal seam gas in Australia and the work of the Lock the Gate campaign.… 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
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 children who have been forcibly removed by child welfare agencies.… Go to Article
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 they can help prevent this police action …
[Editors Note: Far be it from me to introduce the labyrinthine mysteries of how power protects the status quo, in this case, Metgasco.… Go to Article
“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 his control.”