Fitzgerald bags attorney general and his cronies

[Editor’s note: The war between the Queensland attorney general and his judges continues unabated. This time the bill to place the Crime and Misconduct Commission under political control is criticised by retired judge Tony Fitzgerald. It was Fitzgerald who headed the Commission of Inquiry into Official Corruption in Queensland (1987-1989) which led to the formation of the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) .]… Go to Article

Foco Nuevo in April

Following on from our anniversary celebrations we continue to bring great live music; this month our guest performers are Nice Verdes and Sue Wighton.

image1Nice Verdes first started playing music together back in 2003 when they met in Vancouver. Since then they have toured extensively throughout Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Guatemala and will be touring Europe later on in the year.… Go to Article

Cloudland Collective on the Queensland Doctors’ Dispute

The Newman government’s attempts to push public hospital doctors onto unfair individual contracts is an attack on our public hospitals and on the rights of all those who work in the Queensland public sector.

The proposed contracts will replace existing awards and certified agreements for 3000 Senior Medical Officers and the existing agreement for 800 Visiting Medical Officers.… Go to Article

NASTY MEDICINE – Qld Health and the doctors dispute

The Cloudland Collective presents a community meeting….


Qld Health and the doctors’ dispute

Speakers include:

Dr Brian Senewiratne

Meeting details:

7pm Thursday 20 March

Kurilpa Hall

174 Boundary St, West End

The Newman government wants to impose contracts on doctors that would strip away vital working conditions like fatigue management and job security.… Go to Article

Stephen Keim SC on how the bikie laws deny the right to work

Stephen Keim SC spoke at the meeting on ‘Punitive Populism and the neoliberal agenda of the Newman government’.

He spoke about how some of the provisions of the anti-association laws breach a fundamental human right – the right to work.
Greg Brown
The Cloudland Collective


The Challenge to Equality before the Law: the Importance of Livelihood, notes for a talk by Stephen Keim SC to a Public Forum on Defending Civil Liberties to be held at the Irish Club, Elizabeth Street, Brisbane on Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 7.00 pm

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (“the UDHR”), the foundation document of modern human rights principles starts its preamble with a statement that “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world”.… Go to Article

The Cloudland Collective: G20 is neoliberal and dangerous

The G20 may not make decisions that can be imposed on member states. It may not have a public service working for it that can monitor to what extent member states have implemented G20 recommendations. Yet it is the most significant economic forum in the world. It serves to streamline neoliberal policies across the 20 leading economies and is a very real threat to our communities and environment.… Go to Article

First Nations response to G20 meeting


8-14 November 2014

Saturday 8th Rally and march from Roma St Forum to Musgrave Park.  Welcome to Country ceremony.  Set up camp in Musgrave Park.

Activities with a focus on First Nations and decolonisation in the park including films, music, forums, workshops, poetry, kids activities happening throughout the week.

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What is the meaning of ‘an aboriginal purpose’?

R v Wharton & Chitts: defence of the sacred fire — Brisbane Central Magistrates Court, 26 February 2014.

On 30 April 2012 two men, Wayne Wharton and Hamish Chitts, were arrested by armed police for ‘obstruction‘ while attending an aboriginal ceremony in Musgrave Park. The two men were arrested while attempting to prevent council officers from putting out the sacred fire that had been lit by the traditional owner Kevin Vieritz, a Jagera man of the Carter – Bonner families.… Go to Article

brisCAN-g20 working together discussion

(FB event)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Justice Place, 5 Abingdon Street Wooloongabba

Allies, associates, adversaries take heed!

At the first meeting of BrisCAN-G20 we asked people what they DID WANT and DID NOT WANT at actions against the G20 in Brisbane in November 2014.

Going through these comments some common themes came out.… Go to Article

“The Whole World is Watching”: 1982

The Whole World is Watching” (25 minutes)

land rightsThe idea of the video was to mobilise support for the Aboriginal protests planned to coincide with the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane in 1982.

The filmmakers interviewed Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), Gary Foley, Mick Miller, Josephine Sailor, Gwen De-mal Hall, Henry Collins, Lionel Fogarty, Norman Brown, Cheryl Buchanan, Gracelyn Smallwood, Erica Kyle, Reginald Dodd, Jenny Munro, Isabelle Coe, and Terry O’Gorman.… Go to Article

Open letter to Australia from Manus Island detainees

Photos have now surfaced of Manus Island immigration detainees.  Here, IA provides moving first-hand accounts from them speaking about their appalling conditions – along with more images detailing Australia’s shame.

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Is it because we have no family already in Australia? This was one question they asked us when interviewing us before we left Australia.  … Go to Article

MANUS has many victims


The information debacle in immigration which has seen 10,000 names and details of refugees exposed online has many faces. The first families who were taken to Manus are still in mainland detention centres becasue of lost Documentation. This has left the first victims of the harsh Manus solution in long term arbitrary detention by a department which just ignores the problem.… Go to Article

Police and locals run amok on Manus Island: scores injured

Scores of asylum seekers have been injured, some seriously as gangs of armed PNG police and locals go from compound to compound attacking any asylum seekers they can find.

Asylum seekers were left defenceless when all staff and G4S guards
were evacuated from the detention centre. Tension with groups of
locals had been building throughout the day.… Go to Article

Consumers will foot protest bill of $100k a day, says Santos

The Australian
February 15, 2014

SANTOS has warned that protests at its Narrabri Gas Project in NSW — where seven activists were arrested this week — are forcing delays and adding costs to its development that will eventually flow to the end user.

James Baulderstone, who heads up Santos’s East Coast business, said it cost $100,000 for each day the company was held back from working on the coal-seam gas project in the Pilliga state forest.… Go to Article

Cloudland Collective:- help needed

Hello all

Tuesday’s rally and march in defence of civil liberties was a tremendous success. However the LNP’s authoritarian march continues with legislation enacted this week providing for punishment of organisers of “facebook parties” and protecting police from civil liability.

Things will only change if there is more people involved in the active defence of civil liberties.… Go to Article

Survival instinct – misuse of a taser

incredible! and appalling!

the survival instinct.

again an example of misuse of a taser because common sense clearly shows that it was not necessary by any normal standard to employ the taser for compliance purposes. i did say ‘normal’ however,

police training and tactics is specifically aimed at protection of police at all costs, regardless of level of risk to themselves.… Go to Article

Griffith by-election 2014

An exuberant Rudd puts down a cracker at the Coorparoo Bowls club

This by-election was made necessary by the resignation of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd from the federal parliament and his seat of Griffith. When I first moved to Griffith in 1996 it was still a safe labor seat with working class suburbs of Camp Hill, Carina, Norman Park, and Coorparoo more dominant than the more middle class areas like Bulimba, Morningside, Carindale and Hill End.… Go to Article

DOCS Rally & March in Brisbane

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10.30 am Roma Street Forum (under the big tree opposite Court Buildings)
Thursday 13 Feb 2014
March to DOCS*
11:30 am
111 George Street, CBD

In recent weeks people have come to tent embassy meetings in Musgrave Park speaking of DOCS taking their children away. This is a long running scandal that affects poor people from all cultures.… Go to Article

Grandmothers demand apology

Grandmothers demand DOCS return stolen children on anniversary of apology

Grandmothers and families from Gunnedah will rally outside NSW Parliament House today at 12.30pm to demand an end to what they say is a new Stolen Generation of Aboriginal children.

Initiated by the newly formed group in Gunnedah, Grand-Mothers Against Removals (GMAR), the rally will hear eyewitness accounts from families who have had children recently removed by the NSW Department of Community Services (DOCS).… Go to Article

Film Screening: the Gatekeepers

Believing Women for a Culture of Peace
and Just Peace for Palestine present

FILM SCREENING the gatekeepers

A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.

‘Potent enough to alter how you see the world’
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

‘Dror Moreh’s amazing, upsetting film’ A.… Go to Article

You’ve got to be Jo(h)king: History, the Left and Queensland

joh-newman(This is a guest post from a friend of The Word From Struggle Street Jon)

It was the 40th anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising recently. On the 17th of November 1973, tanks rolled onto campus, and in a bloody orgy of violence unwittingly sealed the demise of the regime of the Colonels.… Go to Article