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
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
The Airport Link tunnel project in Queensland. Picture: Liam Kidston Source: The Australian FOR Andrew Ramsay, it was the plethora of shiny, green, energy drink cans that told him all was not right on Brisbane’s Airport Link tunnel project. “Everywhere … Continue reading
The Construction Safety Campaign are organsing a wreath laying and minutes silence for Richard Laco, the worker killed last week on the Laing O’Rourke building site at Kings Cross. 2pm Thursday 14th November Laing O’Rourke site entrance Francis Crick Institute … Continue reading
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For those of you in Brisbane and able to attend, I look forward to seeing you at this free public forum tomorrow evening. Kind regards, Mark Ogge Public Engagement Officer The Australia Institute M. +61 421 272 884 E. firstname.lastname@example.org … Continue reading
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BLHA Symposium: Call for Papers and Participants BLHA is planning an October symposium which will deal with the Queensland labour movement’s activism, challenges and selected disputes under conservative governments. We are calling for papers which deal with the broader topic … Continue reading
Failing Energy Policy and Climate Change – Why can’t Australia get it right?? My take on this is that what we are seeing in Australia is a complete failure to implement good long term energy policy to support the development … Continue reading
“There’s a man in my bed I used to love him
His kisses used to take my breath away
There’s a man in my bed I hardly know him
I wipe his face and hold his hand
And watch him as he slowly fades away” — Alistair Hulett, “He Fades Away“
Alistair Hulett has has died.
Icon of Scottish folk music, international socialism, and Australian punk rock dead at 57
Today is my daughter Leila’s fourth birthday, and while this occasion brings my thoughts back to the day she was born, the past 24 hours have otherwise been full of fairly devastating news.
If the left can admit to having icons, then two of them have just died. Yesterday it was the great historian and activist Howard Zinn, with whom I had the pleasure of sharing many stages around the US over many years. Much has been written about Zinn’s death at the age of 87, and I think many more people will be discovering his groundbreaking work who may not have heard of him til now.
And then less than a full day later I heard the news that my dear friend, comrade and fellow musician Alistair Hulett died today. He was thirty years younger than Professor Zinn, 57 years old, give or take a year (I’m shit at remembering birthdays, but he was definitely still years shy of 60). Ally had an aggressive form of cancer in his liver, lungs and stomach.
I last saw Alistair last summer at his flat in Glasgow where he had lived with his wife Fatima for many years. (Fatima, a wonderful woman about whom Ally wrote his love song, “Militant Red.”) He seemed healthy and spry as usual, with plenty to say about the state of the world as always. He was working on a new song about a Scottish anarchist who had run the English radio broadcast for the Spanish Republic in the 1930’s.
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“There are plenty of examples of socialists who are not Marxists; but to be a Marxist, you have to be a socialist” — H. McQueen
Introduction by Humphrey McQueen
1991 Victorian Branch Report [Builders Labourers Federation] by John Cummins
B.W.I.U.’s INTERNAL POSITION
BRANCH OFFICIALS & STAFF
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by Ian Curr “Job and me and Jesus sittin’ Underneath the Indooroopilly bridge Watchin’ that blazin’ sun go down Behind the tall tree’d mountain ridge The land’s our heritage and spirit Here the rightful culture’s Black and we sittin’ here … Continue reading
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Dates/Time: Saturday, 17 Oct, 9am to 3.30pm
Sunday, 18 Oct, 9am to 1pm
Cost: $120 per person (cash only)
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eliza, thomas and sarah
September 22nd, 2009
This week ‘The Paradigm Shift’ looked at food, production and consumption generally. We spoke a bit about the current food system and went on a dumpster diving tour with a Food Politics class. We also spoke to Robina McCurdy who is, among other things, a food self-reliance consultant. She told us a bit about how food self reliance can be achieved and what it might look like in a urban environment like Brisbane.
We also played some wicked songs which we can’t include here because of copyright restrictions! See our playlist http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/nowplaying/index.cfm?action=dsp_show&showID=194&day=6
To Listen Now:
The Paradigm Shift
• September 19th, 2009
Eliza and Thomas present The Paradigm Shift’s debut show on Brisbane’s community radio station 4zzz. This show features discussion about violence and conflict resolution; the ways they are dealt with and different ways they can and are being dealt with. Features interviews with Rachel Herzing from U.S. based group Creative Interventions and Heather Millhouse from the Queensland chapter of the international Alternatives to Violence Project.
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Humphrey McQueen speaking about 'Framework of Flesh' with building workers at Leightons in Eagle Street Brisbane. 21 September 2009. Photo: Ian Curr
The factory-owners of the time formed a “trade union” to resist the factory legislation, the so-called “National Association for the Amendment of the Factory Laws”, based in Manchester, which collected a sum of more than £50,000 in March 1855 from contributions on the basis of 2 shillings per horse-power, to meet the legal costs of members prosecuted by the factory inspectors and conduct their cases on behalf of the Association. The object was to prove “killing no murder” if done for the sake of profit.
Karl Marx, Capital, III.
Why OHS injuries are not real crimes
More than buildings rise on “a framework of human flesh”.
So, too, do the profits of Messrs Construction Capital.
The opening 80,000 words of Framework of Flesh carry our understanding of that reciprocity past the level of generalisation. The next step is to foreground the concepts embedded in that analysis by asking how the il-logic that compels capital to expand also
”]makes it injure human capacities.
Investigating this relationship between the needs of capital and the frequency of harms will proceed through four phases.
The first is a reminder that the assaults suffered by builders’ labourers are but a microcosm of the gore that has accompanied capital accumulation around the globe. Continue reading
by Peter Curtis AEU
Meanwhile Unionists support Ark Tribe outside court. Ark faces ABCC charges.
7,000 workers marched on the Victorian Parliament, and a further thousand in Geelong, calling on the Brumby ALP Government to pressure their federal counterparts to make the best Occupational Health and Safety laws possible through the national ‘harmonisation’ process. The federal government should be taking the best laws that each state has to offer if they are to set a new national minimum standard. Continue reading
by Humphrey McQueen
Dare Australia’s Labor government gaol Adelaide builders’ labourer, Ark Tribe?
Tribe’s crime is that he refuses to attend a secret hearing of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). His failure to appear renders him liable to six months in prison or a fine of $22,000. Similar penalties apply if he turns up but refuses to answer, or if he answers but then tells anyone what the questions were. The power to coerce testimony also applies to passers-by whom the ABCC felt might provide evidence of wrong-doing by unionists, as happened to a Melbourne university lecturer subpoenaed in 2007.
Click on the recording of Julia Gillard’s speech to the ACTU congress and reply by ACTU Secretary Jeff Lawrence and while it is playing read the explanation below.
Earlier at the ACTU congress Ark Tribe, a rigger from South Australia, received a standing ovation.
What Ark had done was write a petition on a toilet hand towel to get better conditions on his construction worksite at Flinders University. He got his mates to sign the petition and asked management to correct the bad safety conditions on site.
The Australian Building and Construction commission were brought in by the boss and demanded that Ark reveal the people who were at the meeting where they got the petition together.
Ark refused. Continue reading