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 and member of the Qld Special Branch.… Go to Article
[Publisher’s note: 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.… Go to Article
[Publishers Note: At a time where appearance and legal fiction dominate, Assistant Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll took part in a smoking ceremony around a fire in Musgrave Park during the G20 summit. Did they arrest the Commissioner? Well no, of course not … read the Brisbane Times article below.… Go to Article
Strange primitive piece of flesh, the heart laid quiet
hearing their cry pierce through its thin-walled cave
recalls the forgotten tiger,
and leaps awake in its old panic riot;
and how shall mind be sober,
since blood's red thread still binds us fast in history?
Tiger, you walk through all our past and future,
troubling the children's sleep'; laying
a reeking trail across our dreams of orchards.
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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 long list.… Go to Article
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 Akkar plateau had been warned by their relatives not to leave their homes, and they died just off the coast of Indonesia – Robert Fisk
But it is also a story of how the Australian government supports the US government which helped fatten the Islamic State to take on the Assad regime in Syria and now wants to curtail its power in Iraq trading arms to the Kurds in exchange for fighting the Islamic State (IS).… Go to Article
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 questions that arise from this movement.… Go to Article
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.
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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 and elsewhere, effective actions, particularly in the shape of BDS campaigns, are needed to show solidarity and pressure Israel to end its regime of occupation, colonialism and apartheid.… Go to Article
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
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Dawn To Dusk, E. H. Lane 1939
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 exploitation.… Go to Article
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 to Dusk
[Editor’s Note: By request, I have decided to re-publish this work by Ernie Lane, a rebel who wrote a critique of the Labor Party before the second world war.… Go to Article