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Give up Activism

The activist is a specialist or an expert in social change. To think of yourself as being an activist means to think of yourself as being somehow privileged or more advanced than others in your appreciation of the need for social change, in the knowledge of how to achieve it and as leading or being in the forefront of the practical struggle to create this change. Continue reading

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‘Won’t get fooled again’?

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Time that is intolerant Of the brave and innocent, And indifferent in a week To a beautiful physique, Worships language and forgives Everyone by whom it lives; Pardons cowardice, conceit, Lays its honours at their feet. — W H Auden … Continue reading

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Griffith by-election 2014

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 … Continue reading

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‘Parliament, Government and Reform in Queensland, 2001-2013’

THE ACCOUNTABILITY ROUNDTABLE ‘Parliament, Government and Reform in Queensland, 2001-2013’ Public Forum -Parliament House, Brisbane 10 February 2014 10:00 am – 12:00 noon The Premiers Room The Accountability Round Table is a non-partisan group of citizens with diverse backgrounds (academics, … Continue reading

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More shire amalgamations – this time in northern NSW

Editor’s Note: When Will they learn? NSW authorities are proposing amalgamations on shires that have little in common. This is despite the failure  shire amalgamations by QLD governments. There were forced amalgamation in  2007 and then failed de-amalgamations in 2013. … Continue reading

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G20, LNP and neoliberalism

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‘… in my view populism is what we need, roughly speaking hanging bankers from the lamposts …’ – prof john quigan speaking at the cloudland committee inaugural forum on 28 nov 2013 [1:07:37] in PShift recording below   Review of … Continue reading

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Eunji Ban: what about workers health & safety?

Police say Eunji Ban was on her way to work at the Transcontinental Hotel at 482 George Street Brisbane at about 4 am when she was attacked and killed. In 2014 her killer will be tried in the Supreme Court … Continue reading

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Shootings, killings, beatings, arrests as hundreds flee to jungle after Indon Police open fire on peaceful KNPB demo

From http://westpapuamedia.info/ Before the shooting, a mass of people had gathered in the field outside the Expo Waena bus terminal and market in front of the Museum, mainly sitting and chatting while listening to speeches. According to the witness, police … Continue reading

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Public Disobedience SAVE the AMU (Clinic 2) and Roma St Sexual Health

Public Disobedience against LNP Government proposed closure of the AIDS Medical Unity rebranded as Clinic 2. Time: 4:30 PM on Wed 27 March 2013. Clinic 2 provides care for people living with human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV). Their team includes health … Continue reading

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Keep Calm and Enjoy Retirement

It’s a bit like putting Scott Driscoll forward as integrity commissioner, or making Nathan Rees your families spokesperson, or giving Eddie Obeid the job as treasurer. The next thing you know we’ll be appointing some boof-headed young whippersnapper who doesn’t … Continue reading

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Barwick and Kerr

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https://vimeo.com/66019623 A revival of interest in the dismissal of the Whitlam government on 11 November 1975 is focusing on who advised the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr. The role of the Chief Justice of the High Court, Sir Garfield Barwick, has … Continue reading

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Peace, tourism and political games in Kashmir

While praise is heaped on tourism, its actual contribution to Kashmir’s economy is unknown [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera  – Opinion – Al Jazeera English] For a second summer in a row, the Indian establishment and media are agog with Kashmir’s bumper … Continue reading

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Invitation to Pilliga Protection Camp Culture Week

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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 … Continue reading

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CFMEU: Discrimination not acceptable

THE first sitting of the new federal parliament will see the Abbott government move to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission. This should be of concern to the community: these laws, which don’t apply to any other sector of … Continue reading

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“Taking to the Streets” Exhibition

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“Taking to the Streets – two decades that changed Brisbane 1965 – 1985” – Museum of Brisbane Exhibition 2006. The exhibition was opened on 6 April 2006. After an extended season and over 80,000 visitors later the exhibition was closed … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Lost film of the street marches

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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 … Continue reading

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Public inquiry into Bill to extend mining to 2035 on Stradbroke

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 Wednesday 30 October 9am -1pm. Parliament House The 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 … Continue reading

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Vlad laws – know your friends, know your enemies

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PShift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 Noon on Fridays) interviewed the attorney general, Jarrod Bleijie, about the rise to power of  Vlad’s gang and his attempt to put its leader in jail for 400 years. In introducing the toughest laws in the … Continue reading

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Who will bring the good news after the sale of Australia Post?

I SPRANG to the stirrup, and Joris, and he; I galloped, Dirck galloped, we galloped all three; ‘Good speed!’ cried the watch, as the gate-bolts undrew; ‘Speed!’ echoed the wall to us galloping through; Behind shut the postern, the lights … Continue reading

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Saving old growth forests in Tasmania

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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 … Continue reading

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Historic film: If U Don’t Fight U Lose

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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 … Continue reading

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Question of Law YES, Politics NO

[Many years ago, under the Bjeleke-Petersen street march ban, Frank Brennan wrote a book, Too much Order, Too little Law; Andrew Boe takes up the theme again, liberal ideas don’t change much]. AN­DREW BOE An­drew Boe, a Queens­land bar­ris­ter, has … Continue reading

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Resurrection of powerful building regulator under examination

by Steve Riggall, Reporter & Co-ordinator 4ZZZ  News fm 102.1 Brisbane Fri, Sep 20, 2013 – 12:51pm After striding into office after a comfortable election victory, Mr Abbott and his team are invoking that magical political word much beloved by … Continue reading

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Why care about G-20? Some initial thoughts…

Dear Friends, Imagine if the leaders of all these countries, finance ministers and central bank govenors were meeting in your town to set the global economic agenda: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of … Continue reading

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Rain of fire: US attempt to destablise Middle East

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“I dream of snakes … I kill one and a yet bigger one appears …” – Cuban troubadour, Silvio Rodriguez I refer to the NYT article With the World Watching, Syria Amassed Nerve Gas which does not give any detail … Continue reading

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Striking it Richer

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The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States (Updated with 2012 preliminary estimates) Emmanuel Saez, UC Berkeley• September 3, 2013 The recent dramatic rise in income inequality in the United States is well documented. But we know less about … Continue reading

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Struggle for Kanak Independence

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“Ce souffle venu des ancêtres” [This breath came from ancestors] — Jean-Marie Tjibaou In August 1975, I visited an island in the Pacific called Ouvea which is part of the Loyalty Islands group to the east of New Caledonia. Australia … Continue reading

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Who is poorer – the deserving or the undeserving?

[PShift (4zzz fm102.1 fridays at noon) 12 noon Friday 30 Aug] 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 … Continue reading

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Productivity of what and for whom?

by Humphrey McQueen Musical chairs among the parliamentary cretins brought no change to the gabble around ‘productivity’. As Rudd’s Education Minister, Gillard had spelt out that her policy even for pre-schoolers was to drive up productivity. Abbott is going to … Continue reading