[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
as I’m sure you are aware the public health system is under intense attack – both at a national level, but also currently by the Queensland government. The method they are using at present is to reduce the working conditions of all medical staff in hospitals, putting patient care at severe risk.… Go to Article
Following on from our anniversary celebrations we continue to bring great live music; this month our guest performers are Nice Verdes and Sue Wighton.
Nice 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
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
The Cloudland Collective presents a community meeting….
NASTY MEDICINE –
Qld Health and the doctors’ dispute
Dr Brian Senewiratne
7pm Thursday 20 March
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
The March in March was a festive vote of no confidence in the Abbott government. (Refer https://www.facebook.com/events/501397403315324/)
The Brisbane event is part of the national March in March movement and began in Matthew Donovan’s bedroom. He got on facebook and organised one of the largest rallies in Brisbane for some time.… Go to Article
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.
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
[Editor’s Note: In the lead up to Brisbane’s G20 leaders summit in November 2014, activists would be well advised to read about the charges and how they came to be laid against activists before and during the Toronto G20. Toronto may be a long way from Brisbane but parallels do exist between the two. … Go to Article
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
DECOLONISATION BEFORE PROFIT
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.
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
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” (25 minutes)
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
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.
Manus mother washing Manus mother washing.
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
LOST DOCUMENTS ( by Australia) PLACE PEOPLE IN INDEFINITE DETENTION
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
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
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
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
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
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
I’ve just returned from Haiti and America where I’ve been filming my vulture capitalism documentary with New York film-maker Thor Neureiter (Papua New Guinea was visited late last year and Afghanistan is next on the list).
Haiti is a challenging place and more than four years after the devastating earthquake the nation remains mired in poverty.… Go to Article
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 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
A life flows like a river Darling,
Down goes another Murri
Wise men say only fools rush in
So how do we respond to this
Especially if, only one fella’s left
from ‘Two Train Singers‘ by ian curr
Rally 11 am Saturday
15 Feb 2014
26 Jacaranda Avenue, Woodridge
March on Logan Police Station!… Go to Article
Believing Women for a Culture of Peace
and Just Peace for Palestine present
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
[Broadcast on PShift, 4zzz, fm 102.1, at noon on friday 7 feb 2014]
We drove up to a small park in Acland to meet the town’s sole surviving citizen Glen. Trevor and I were invited to meet Glen by Nicki, an organiser of the Oakey Coal Action Alliance or OCCA for short.… Go to Article
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