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A Natural Wonder in Peril

The Reef: A Passionate History: The Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change by Iain McCalman Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 336 pp., $27.00 Australia’s Great Barrier Reef stretches for around 1,430 miles along the continent’s northeast coast, … Continue reading

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Bent Banana Books

 

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The Great Money-Trick

Now. I am a Capitalist. And all these raw materials belong to me. Don’t matter for now how I got hold of them, or whether I have any right to them. Fact is that all the raw materials are now … Continue reading

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‘Shiraz’ – the making of the Taj Mahal

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Film Review: Shiraz – silent film made by Franz Osten and Himansu Rai in 1928  “Not hands but heart built this / Which stands like a dream” When we were kids our dad would quote Rudyard Kipling in the shower … Continue reading

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The Door to the Sun

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Story and Drawings by Nyree Divitini This book was written by Nyree who was then aged six years. It is published here to encourage other young imaginations. Library of Congress Number: 064602289X Published by Learn Press L.Press P.O. Box 5093 … Continue reading

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Angela Davis on Feminism and Prison Abolition

Download program audio (mp3, 48.21 Mbytes) Angela Davis, a radical feminist and a leading advocate for prison abolition, works at the intersection of many issues. In a talk she gave at the University of Chicago, Davis brought up race, institutional … Continue reading

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Invitation to book launch “The Internment Diaries of Mario Sardi”

You are invited to a book launch: The Internment Diaries of Mario Sardi edited and with an introduction by Ilma Martinuzzi O’Brien at: the Dante Alighieri Society, Brisbane 26 Gray St, New Farm Saturday 2 November, 5pm The book will … Continue reading

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The Third Metropolis: talk on the beginnings of English studies at UQ

Many of you may be interested in the talk advertised below. At 1 pm on Friday 20th September in room 601 in the Michie Building at the University of Queensland: A talk by William Hatherell, author of the groundbreaking book … Continue reading

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Wed 7th August Meeting of the 17 Group

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 7th of August at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St West End. The topic is “The Whiskey Au Go Go Night club Firebombing Case”. … Continue reading

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Book Launch: Iraqi Icicle by Bernie Dowling

A dead actress, a dead gambler, a dead professor, a dead fisherman … With murder following his every step, determined under-achiever Steele Hill is tangled in layers of intrigue and deviousness. Pulled from his cosy world of the racetrack, the … Continue reading

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Black, Red and White Wars

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Most people in the U.S.A. have heard of Crazy Horse that Indian folk hero who demolished Custer’s force ‘Sitting Bull’, the Nez Perce ‘Joseph’ ‘Cochise’ ‘Geronimo’ Indigenous Americans whose deeds of long ago brought a blaze of glory to the … Continue reading

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Politics of Repression

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We Have Survived by NO FIXED ADDRESS Politics of Repression was broadcast on Paradigm Shift on 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Friday at noon on 12 October 2012 “If you fly with the crows, you’ll get shot with the crows.” – Joh … Continue reading

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Battles for the Coral Sea

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Reprinted from Chapter 17  from ‘Japan to the Rescue, Australian Security around the Indonesian Archipelago during the American Century’ Heinemann, 1991, pp. 285-94. by Humphrey McQueen [Editor’s note: My partner’s uncle Ellis, not long deceased, told us that he (as … Continue reading

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Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp Book Launch

Drew Hutton, Green historian and activist, will launch Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp by Dr John Jiggens at Avid Reader, Boundary Street, West End, on Tuesday April 24 at 6pm. Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of … Continue reading

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Book Launch – We built this Country

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BOOK LAUNCH WE BUILT THIS COUNTRY BUILDERS’ LABOURERS AND THEIR UNIONS 1787 TO THE FUTURE by Humphrey McQueen The book should be compulsory reading for new and old union officers and organisers; it will certainly challenge them to decide whether … Continue reading

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Invitation from Palestinian novelist – The Hearts of Anxious Cities

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Hello everyone, Yousef Moshmosh has kindly forwarded this invitation from a Palestinian novelist who is launching her fifth publication this Sunday 15 April at 4pm at the Brisbane City Library at 266 George Street in the city. Please come along … Continue reading

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e-Books by Bernie Dowling — a Review

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Some new release eBooks are worth having a look at. Thanks to the author, these reviews preserve the rich content that readers obtain when they use eReaders [hyperlinks, YouTube] I have turned off embedded ‘text enhance’ messages which I do … Continue reading

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Review: We built this country

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Review: We Built this Country We Built This Country – Builders’ Labourers and their Unions, by Humphrey McQueen, Ginninderra Press, Port Adelaide, 2011, 364pp, $30.00 Review by Howard Guille This is the second book of Humphrey McQueen’s research into builders’ … Continue reading

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17 Group Wed the 2nd of November

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The next Meeting of the 17 Group will be held on Wednesday the 2nd of November in unit 6 at 20 Drury St West End at 7pm on the rather unusual topic: “Why are there histories of reading? Some thoughts … Continue reading

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Dawn to Dusk — Reminiscences of a Rebel

By E. H. LANE (“JACK CADE”) First Published by William Brooks & Co. (Qld) 1939 Republished by SHAPE1993 I wish to make it clear that my criticism of Labour men in these pages is not to be taken as a … Continue reading

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New International Book Shop Bulletin

NIBS Bulletin 31st August 2011 Talk this Saturday: Ann Pettifor ‘Financing the transformation to a zero carbon economy: Why we can afford more jobs and a better life’ On Saturday, 3rd September, renowned economist, author and activist Ann Pettifor will … Continue reading

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Trifecta at 608 Brunswick Street

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‘608 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley’ — a story about a share house in Brisbane in the late 1970s and early 1980s by Ian Curr “No reason to get excited,” the thief, he kindly spoke, “There are many here among us … Continue reading

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Streets of Our Town

Radio Station 4ZZZ (FM 102.1) is running a radiothon under the theme ‘Streets of Our Town’. Local writer, Bernie Dowling, puts his own spin on the streets of greater Brisbane in the Crime Thriller Iraqi Icicle. These stories are to … Continue reading

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Book Launch – ‘Union Jack’ by Dale Lorna Jacobsen

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Jack O’Leary went as a young man from the coalfields of Wales to the railways in Queensland. Details of his life were sketchy – he had taken his bride to live in a navvy camp on the Mary Valley branch … Continue reading

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Bent Banana Books — online books coming soon

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A publisher of e-books

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Vale Bob Gould

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Version in the Marxist Archive (Andy Blunden) In 1991 Bob Gould sold me his last copy of Ernie Lane’s Dawn to Dusk – Reminiscences of a Rebel. This was the one published by Clarrie Beckingham in 1939. Bob recommended that … Continue reading

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Not Quite White – a review

“The day was changed, which once had been flat as a pastry board. Now it was full of talk, and laughing, and the whining of the Syrian’s mangy dog, and the jingled harness of his old blue horse. Now there … Continue reading

‘All Along the Watchtower’ – Memoir of a 60s revolutionary

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“No reason to get excited,” the thief, he kindly spoke

There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke

But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate

So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late” — Bob Dylan, “All Along the Watchtower”.

Mike Hyde outmatches our expectations for the memoirs of a student revolutionary. Continue reading

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The town that was murdered

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Introduction The capitalists are murdering towns, suburbs, farms, rivers and seas. They are killing people in wars and through environmental destruction. Against all criteria governments’ state of the environment reports declare that the natural world is losing in the war … Continue reading

Not Quite White: Lebanese and the White Australia Policy 1880 to 1947

Not Quite White: Lebanese and the White Australia Policy 1880 to 1947

by Anne Monsour, Post Pressed, Brisbane, 2010

My book has finally been published thanks to Dr John Knight and Post Pressed.

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Not Quite White: Lebanese and the White Australia Policy 1880 to 1947

By Anne Monsour.

Fishing in Lebanon Photo: P. Monsour

Not Quite White focuses on early Lebanese immigration to Australia, a group of immigrants and their descendants, who, with a few exceptions, have been largely ignored in the recording of Australian history.

While this book considers the experience of one immigrant group within the context of a particular locality and time, it is also about Australia as a new nation seeking to privilege a white, Christian majority. The Lebanese Australian story contributes a new understanding of the implementation of the White Australia Policy because although Lebanese do not feature predominately in historical studies of the White Australia Policy, in fact, when it came to its administration, they presented a significant challenge.

The structure of the book is outlined below:

Chapter one considers basic questions such as: who were the immigrants; where did they come from; how many came; when and why did they come to Australia and, in particular, to Queensland?

Chapters two, three and four are primarily based on archival research and consider the impact of exclusionary legislation such as the Queensland Aliens Act, and the Immigration Restriction Act.

In chapter five, the generally accepted portrayal of Lebanese immigrants throughout the world as indefatigable traders is scrutinised in the Australian context; and chapter six examines the mainstream response to the involvement of the early Lebanese immigrants in commercial enterprises such as hawking and shopkeeping.

The final two chapters focus on the settlement experience of Lebanese using Queensland as a case study. Through the use of interviews and questionnaires, these chapters give voice is to the immigrants and their descendants.

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