When Joh went to Uni

In 1980 or 1981, Bjelke-Petersen went to University of Queensland guarded by Qld Special Branch. Joh’s visit was controversial as the questions from the news media suggest. We have secured historic footage of the event. Standing behind Joh during the interview was Constable Gary Hannigan, previously from Sandgate CIB and the youngest ever undercover detective … Continue reading When Joh went to Uni

Greece: another ‘Z’ ?

Readers may remember what happened to a democratically elected popular government in Chile in 1973 - the Generals coup and the subsequent economic hardship inspired by the Chicago School. Greeks already knew this lesson because a left wing parliamentarian, Grigoris Lambrakis, was assassinated by extremists because he had called for Greece to disarm and withdraw from NATO. What followed is deeply disturbing and a worry to anyone in solidarity with the Greek people in their current struggle. I have included a review of the film written in 1969 The film "Z" is about one of these things: about the assassination, six years ago, of a leader of the political opposition in Greece. It is also about all the rest of them. For Americans, it is about the My Lai massacre, the killing of Fred Hampton, the Bay of Pigs. It is no more about Greece than "The Battle of Algiers" was about Algeria. It is a film of our time. It is about how even moral victories are corrupted. It will make you weep and will make you angry. It will tear your guts out.

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".

‘Right to March’ Movement 1977-1979

These are excerpts from an article published in the Social DemocraticRights_thumb.jpgAlternatives Magazine which was a beacon of light in the dark days of the Bjelke-Peterson era. It gives some insight into movement politics, as distinct from issues based politics sponsored by political parties of the Left. At that time, a protagonist of movement politics was Dan O'Neill, a veteran of the 1967 civil liberties march after the first ban on street marches by Premier Nicklin. Ten years later, on 22 October 1977, Dan stood at the top of the steps of King George Square steps with his back to 1,000 police and beseeched the crowd of 5,000 people in the square: "We have to build a movement which is systematic, organised, non-violent and absolutely massive.

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

How America made ISIS

Whatever your politics, you’re not likely to feel great about America right now. After all, there’s Ferguson (the whole world was watching!), an increasingly unpopular president, a Congress whose approval ratings make the president look like a rock star, rising poverty, weakening wages, and a growing inequality gap just to start what could be a … Continue reading How America made ISIS

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

Humanitarian aid, arms trade and refugees.

This is the story of how the Syrian war reached out 5,000 miles across the globe and destroyed at least 29 Lebanese lives in the Indian Ocean. It is a story of tragic irony; the destitute Lebanese families who wanted to live in Australia and left their arid villages in the hills of the northern … Continue reading Humanitarian aid, arms trade and refugees.

Changed “Terror War” strategies?

Profitable armaments industries assure that wars generated by the great powers proliferate one after another and are preferred to diplomacy and justice in resolving conflicts. The current 'Terror War' has seen the US-UK led alliance actively generating enemies using false flag incidents to convince sufficient numbers of people that the world is under increasing attack … Continue reading Changed “Terror War” strategies?

Bloodless Coup – Barwick revisited

In this, the season of demonstrations and marches, there is a call for 'better government', but is that possible when the problem is the system of government itself? Along with that is a call to block the austerity budget put forward by the government (see photo). The Constitutional Crisis of 1975 gives some insight into … Continue reading Bloodless Coup – Barwick revisited

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

Wretched of the Earth

Europeans, you must open this book and enter into it. After a few steps in the darkness you will see strangers gathered around a fire; come close, and listen, for they are talking of the destiny they will mete out to your trading-centres and to the hired soldiers who defend them. --- Jean-Paul Sartre [Editor's … Continue reading Wretched of the Earth

Take action for Palestine

Take action for Palestine Saturday July 26 Justice for Palestine Brisbane - Boycott Sodastream walking tour Gather at 11am in King George Square for a guided tour of stores in Brisbane which stock Sodastream products made in an illegal settlement in Occupied Palestine. In light of the on-going brutal military assault on Palestinians in Gaza … Continue reading Take action for Palestine

Middle East: ‘stop all the clocks’

Israeli Ground Invasion of Gaza began on Thursday 17 July 2014 ... from the east, from the north by land, by sea and by air with tanks, guns, F16s heliocopter gunships, apache rockets, iron drome ... ... an invasion on a territory smaller than Surfers Paradise in Queensland,housing 1.7M defenceless people.The stars are not wanted … Continue reading Middle East: ‘stop all the clocks’

Dawn to Dusk – reminisences of a rebel: childhood and youth

Dawn To Dusk, E. H. Lane 1939 PART I Childhood and Youth Chapter I. Early Influences It is a far cry from the old worn-out beliefs of the conservativism and reactionary political policies of 50 years ago, to the virile working class movement that is to-day insistently smashing down the gates of capitalist imperialism and … Continue reading Dawn to Dusk – reminisences of a rebel: childhood and youth

Dawn to Dusk – reminiscences of a rebel

The wiles of Labour politicians – the futility of fearful and reactionary Labour leaders have been revealed in this record, and the lessons I and others so bitterly learned should preclude any further waste of time and enthusiasm in vainly endeavouring to make figs blossom and fruit on barren trees. — Ernie Lane in Dawn … Continue reading Dawn to Dusk – reminiscences of a rebel

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

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?