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 come on the market?… Go to Article

A Natural Wonder in Peril

The Reef: A Passionate History: The Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change

by Iain McCalman

Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 336 pp., $27.00
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef stretches for around 1,430 miles along the continent’s northeast coast, encompassing an area roughly half the size of Texas. Those who have dived into its pristine reaches know firsthand that it is one of Earth’s natural wonders—a coral world of exceptional beauty and diversity.… Go to Article

Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) is a free trade agreement currently being negotiated by twelve nations; the US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement.… Go to Article

Gomeroi community demands protection

Gomeroi community demands Federal Environment Minister Hunt protect family graves from Whitehaven mine

Gomeroi community demands Federal Environment Minister Hunt protect family graves from Whitehaven mine

Gomeroi Elders and community members have issued a statement today (attached) imploring Federal Environment Minister Hunt to protect their ancestor’s graves at the Maules Creek mine operated by Whitehaven in regional NSW.… Go to Article

Call for help as cyclone hits Tonga

Be it climate change or not, this unseasonal cyclone has caused widespread destruction to the South Pacific archipelago of Tonga. The people are resilient and will re-build after the destruction caused by the storm. Like indigenous people everywhere they are connected to their country and will not move away.

Relatives and friends in Brisbane are organising a shipping container to send material aid.… Go to Article

Thou shalt not steal – Coal Miners invade Gamilaraay country

Coal Miners invade Gamilaraay country
Traditional owner Paul Spearim speaks with environmental engineer Trevor Berrill and PShift’s Ian Curr about moves by Whitehaven Coal, Idemitsu, Boggabri Coal and Santos to invade Gamilaraay country and to destroy the environment in the process. Includes interview with Steve Talbott about miners unlawful destruction of aboriginal sacred sites.… Go to Article

Mirarr safety fears remain despite Ranger visit

Traditional owners in Kakadu National Park still fear for the health of their country after a technical team visited the Ranger Uranium Mine today, following a series of pollution spills and safety breaches.

The Mirarr Traditional Owners – who do not feel safe to enter the mine area following Saturday’s tank collapse – requested a technical officer from the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) visit the site on their behalf this morning.… Go to Article

Aboriginal delegation to Santos, “Stop before it’s too late!”

To all Gamilaraay people living in Brisbane who would like to be a part of this, please turn up to Musgrave park at 9.00am to be painted up in Gamilaraay designs. Please come along we have to stop them now.

– Paul Spearim

A delegation of traditionally painted warriors from the Gamilaraay nation and supporters will attempt to meet with Santos at their Brisbane office at 10am on Wednesday 11th December.… Go to Article

Palmer Drama

BOB KATTER: Well I’m tenaciously opposed to Clive (Palmer) getting the railway line or any other private person. And remember that these people represent foreign corporations, Gina Rinehart etcetera. And even if they represented Australia, even if Clive represented an Australian organisation, I would still be tenaciously opposed to it. Because once you get that rail, control of that railway line, you then control half of Australia’s coal reserves.Go to Article

Film tells tale of Otway forestry battle

CLEARFELLING of bio diverse native forest on public land in the Otway Ranges ended in 2008 and the five-year anniversary of this environmental achievement will be celebrated when the Lorne Film Festival premieres the short film ‘Forest for the Trees’ later this month.

The documentary highlights the successful community campaign organised by the Otway Ranges Environment Network.… Go to Article

Will the Pilliga turn into the head of an octopus?

 Winangaya dhawun. Respect the land

Kamillaroi elder Maureen Sulter

Attached is the flyer and map of location for the culture ceremony to be held at the Pilliga Protection Camp this Saturday the 16th of November. For those who cannot attend on this day, there will be culture events, workshops, actions (picnics) and the development of strategies running until Sunday the 24th of November.
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Invitation to Pilliga Protection Camp Culture Week

Here is the information regarding the Pilliga Protection Culture Week.

Attached is the flyer and map of location for the culture ceremony to be held at the Pilliga Protection Camp this Saturday the 16th of November. For those who cannot attend on this day, there will be culture events, workshops, actions (picnics) and the development of strategies running until Sunday the 24th of November.… Go to Article

No to Newman. No to uranium mining.

CANPIn 1977 Bjelke-Petersen tried to stop the anti-uranium movement by banning
street marches. Unionists and students launched a defiant campaign which
gained community support. By August 1979 Petersen was forced to back-down.

Public Meeting:
How unionists, students and
environmentalists beat Bjelke-Petersen.

When:             6pm Tuesday 14 May
Where:            Trades and Labour Council Building
L2, 16 Peel St, South Brisbane

Current and former activists speaking include:
Robin Taubenfeld, Friends of the Earth
Trevor Berrill, Sustainable Energy Consultant
Ian Curr, Leftpress
Dr Sigrid McCausland, lecturer

Meeting facilitator:
Jan Ryall, SEARCH Foundation

Video footage of the protests provided by Ian Curr of Left Press.… Go to Article

Film: Manufacturing Dissent

Source: Thanks to The Radical Times Archive for Debra Beattie’s doco Manufacturing Dissent.

“History is an angel being blown backwards into the future
History is a pile of debris
And the angel wants to go back and fix things
To repair the things that have been broken
But there is a storm blowing from Paradise
And the storm keeps blowing the angel backwards into the future
And this storm, this storm is called Progress.”… Go to Article

Public inquiry into Bill to extend mining to 2035 on Stradbroke

 Wednesday 30 October
9am -1pm.
Parliament House

Save Straddie 1The committee will hear evidence from interested parties.

Location Parliament House
RSVP 07 3406 7908

Sibelco likely to be scheduled first up, Quandamooka People will give presentations as will the environment sector, interested individuals and island businesses.

Paul Donatiu from NPAQ and myself will speak about environmental risks and the weakening of environmental controls over mining afforded by the Bill.… Go to Article

Saving old growth forests in Tasmania

Excerpts from ‘Explorers of Western Tasmania‘ by C.J. Binks

In April 1825, Edward Curr (a former settlor) had by this time accepted temporary appointment as secretary of the new company (VDL Pty Ltd). Bathurst (head of colonial office) agree with the bulk of Sorrel’s (governor of Van Dieman’s Land) recommendations to keep the VDL away from existing settlements and grant land in the more difficult North-West.… Go to Article

Historic film: If U Don’t Fight U Lose

The video you see was put together after the Queensland state election in 1977.

The video you see was shot and edited under difficult circumstances over 35 years ago, after the Queensland state election in 1977. It was compiled by the CLCC Media Committee. Apologies for the lack of picture clarity and dropout during this video.… Go to Article

Refugees, sea shepherds, and bankers…

Hi folks,

Greetings from France, where the European leg of my world tour has begun…  Next is Germany, Denmark, Norway and Belgium, then North America.  The venue for tomorrow’s gig in Freiburg, Germany has been changed due to harassment by an intolerant group of self-proclaimed anti-fascists called the Antideutsche.  Otherwise the tour in Europe is going ahead as planned.… Go to Article

Sand-mining fears for Quandamooka

A3 QUARK 3by Courtesy of Koori Mail.

QUANDAMOOKA Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) chair Cameron Costello is deeply concerned that a close relationship between the Queensland Government and sand-mining company Sibelco could see sand-mining on North Stradbroke Island extended without permission of the traditional owners.

“The effects of mining, as one of our Elders put it, are erasing the footsteps of our ancestors,” he told the Koori Mail.

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Vale Ross Watson

Ross Watson – a leader of the 1982 Commonwealth Games protests and founder of the Murri school and of Murri radio (fm 98.9) in Brisbane – died this week.

Ross was coordinator of the Black Protest Committee and editor of Black Nation Newspaper which played an important role in 1982 in the Commonwealth Games Land Rights marches and gatherings in Musgrave Park in South Brisbane.… Go to Article

Council’s case against Homer reaches new depths

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality
but a hammer with which to shape it.”
Bertolt Brecht

[Broadcast PShift Saturday 2 Mar 2013 4zzz fm 102.1 Friday at Noon]

Homer was a busy dog this week, court appearances, Brisbane City Council appeals, tent embassy meetings, Homer even got in a game of community bingo up at Jagera Arts Hall.Go to Article

Stradbroke island sand still being sold unlawfully

Stradbroke island sand still being sold unlawfully –

The Supreme Court in 2010 ruled that the company could not sell silica sand under its mining leases for purposes such as mortar and render. The riverside website advertises north Stradbroke silica sand, which can only come from Sibelco, for sale for these purposes.… Go to Article

The Australian Green Development Forum hosting Cuban Professor

The Australian Green Development Forum is hosting eminent Cuban Professor for their roadshow on April 1st.

Follow the hyperlink for more information and registration

Professor Fernando Martirena from Santa Clara University in Cuba will be our special guest for the 2013 AGDF Building Resilience Roadshow. Many AGDF members may remember Fernando from our 2008 “Running on Empty” National Roadshow to Article