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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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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