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".

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

People need parks!

Under Public Land and Council Assets Local Law 2014 Brisbane City Council is intending to limit public assembly in local parks, malls, and gardens. The restrictions on use of public parks require "a person who wants to conduct an activity with exclusive use of a particular site within a park for a set period of … Continue reading People need parks!

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

Battle for Pooh Corner at Wacol

" There needs to be proper policies put into place where the community gets consulted about the sale of these lands before they actually go ahead and sell them off." - Simon Birrell "But the Jezzine Barracks in Townsville and Pooh Corner here in Wacol raise an interesting question how many other defence sites might … Continue reading Battle for Pooh Corner at Wacol

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

G20 Laws Community Information Session

Thursday July 31 5:30pm Brisbane Square Library Bookings required: 3214 6333 or camielle Here is an Opinion Piece from Scott McDougall - the Director of Caxton Legal Service http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-let-us-use-our-moment-to-shine-a-light-on-democracy/story-fnihsr9v-1227003313927 Opinion: Let us use our moment to shine a light on democracy Scott McDougall The Courier-Mail July 28, 2014 12:00AM http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/external?url=http://content6.video.news.com.au/V2czEzbzr8Wy7ODfz-nC1hDPb--hPbN7/promo230007702&width=650&api_key=kq7wnrk4eun47vz9c5xuj3mc THE G20 summit presents an … Continue reading G20 Laws Community Information Session

No Peace without Justice

We will not “return to a living death” of siege and blockade, say Gaza civil society leaders. [Editor's Note: Readers can see from the signatures below that No Peace without Justice  is a sentiment shared by Palestinian community both inside and outside Gaza - people who are losing loved ones, people who have lost so … Continue reading No Peace without Justice

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

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

National Action Group formed to combat child removals

+++ Stop Press ++++++ Stop Press ++++++ Stop Press ++++++ Stop Press +++ Today, Thursday 8 May 2014, people who have experience of continuing stolen generations from Perth, Brisbane, Gunnedah, Alice Springs, Sydney, South Coast, Melbourne and Bundaberg formed a National Action Group to fight aboriginal child removals from their guardians by DOCS in each state. … Continue reading National Action Group formed to combat child removals

Great Barrier Reef: Mega Ports or Marine Park?

Great Barrier Reef: Mega Ports or Marine Park?Dear Norma At a time when the reef needs stronger protection, the Queensland Government is fast tracking port developments and giving special treatment to the mining industry. Join us on Wednesday 14 May for a free Q&A event with four prominent experts to discover the risk these developments … Continue reading Great Barrier Reef: Mega Ports or Marine Park?

The Second Stolen Generation

The inaugural meeting of the Brisbane Sovereign Grannies group was held at Jagera Hall on 27 Mar 2014. Jagera Hall is at Musgrave Park, 121 Cordelia Street South Brisbane. We meet there every Thursday at 12 noon. All are welcome. On that day we formulated our objectives. These aims are based on the need for … Continue reading The Second Stolen Generation

‘Sorry’ doesn’t mean taking our children

On 27 March Pru Goward and the NSW Government passed the most dangerous legislation against vulnerable children and families since Federation. These new Laws are NOT reforms to Child Protection they are Human Rights violations. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1423541817899727&stream_ref=10 Pru Goward stated in Parliament during debate of her legislation "It is always about money.” It is very obvious … Continue reading ‘Sorry’ doesn’t mean taking our children

Bring our stolen children home

"On 27 March (2014) Pru Goward and the NSW Government passed the most dangerous legislation against vulnerable children and families since Federation. These new Laws are NOT reforms to Child Protection they are Human Rights violations. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1423541817899727&stream_ref=10 Pru Goward stated in Parliament during debate of her legislation "It is always about money.” It is very … Continue reading Bring our stolen children home

Aboriginal activists to go to Turtle Island

Brisbane based Aboriginal activists Boe Spearim and Callum Clayton-Dixon will travel to Canada in August this year using Aboriginal passports. As representatives of the Aboriginal Provisional Government, we hope to develop ties with the Native peoples of Turtle Island (Canada). We plan to visit the Mi’kmaq people currently resisting mining companies exploiting their lands, to … Continue reading Aboriginal activists to go to Turtle Island

May Day Forum — Workers Inquiry

To our friends and comrades Our lives are dominated by work, but our experiences as workers is most often ignored by mainstream politics and the media. +++ When Saturday, May 3 at 1:00pm - 4:00pm Where Kurilpa Hall, West End 174 boundary st west end, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4101 ++++ This year (2014) the May … Continue reading May Day Forum — Workers Inquiry

‘Won’t get fooled again’?

Time that is intolerant Of the brave and innocent, And indifferent in a week To a beautiful physique, Worships language and forgives Everyone by whom it lives; Pardons cowardice, conceit, Lays its honours at their feet. — W H Auden [Broadcast on PShift (4zzz fm 102.1 friday at noon 18 April 2014. Please note that … Continue reading ‘Won’t get fooled again’?

Don’t take your children to Vegemite Town

Told us what to do and say Told us all the white man's ways Then they split us up again And gave us gifts to ease the pain Sent us off to foster homes As we grew up we felt alone Cause we were acting white Yet feeling black — Archie Roach, Took the children … Continue reading Don’t take your children to Vegemite Town

Race act debate misses the point

the proposed removal of some of s18c of the racial discrimination act is most certainly being highly evaluated and analysed to death. i have produced 2 previous posts on the matter and am now moved to do a third. and why? surely after all this time the arguments, both for and against have all been … Continue reading Race act debate misses the point

Stop the squeeze in Annerley

There has been a call from local residents at Annerley in Brisbane for the City Council to apply its own town planning rules. Local resident, Georgina Curr said 'Stop the Squeeze' and talks about the impact of poorly designed high density housing on quality of life in community - issues of footprint, traffic, waste, storm-water, … Continue reading Stop the squeeze in Annerley