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 of Queensland which is situated half way between where Eunji Ban was killed and where … Continue reading Eunji Ban: what about workers health & safety?

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 care professionals expert in HIV and we provide education, information, medical and nursing support according … Continue reading Public Disobedience SAVE the AMU (Clinic 2) and Roma St Sexual Health

Tunnel vision on safety

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 we went there were cans of V," says Ramsay, a union safety officer. "Workers were … Continue reading Tunnel vision on safety

Richard Laco RIP – minutes silence for killed construction worker outside building site.

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 project Kings Cross (behind the British Library) Pete Farrell (painter) Chair of Construction Safety Campaign … Continue reading Richard Laco RIP – minutes silence for killed construction worker outside building site.

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 the workforce, discriminate against construction workers. The government apparently believes that discrimination against blue-collar workers … Continue reading CFMEU: Discrimination not acceptable

Workcover StopWork – what now?

Under camouflage of anti-bikie (accepted by the Labor party) and sexual offenders legislation,  Qld Attorney General, Jarrod Blejie, took away workers rights to a safe work environment and took away rights to privacy of their health history and cover.Extensive changes to Industrial Relations laws are yet to be analysed owing to the complexity of the … Continue reading Workcover StopWork – what now?

‘Not Guilty’

This is the Paradigm Shift broadcasting on 4ZZZ fm 102.1 This show is called 'Not Guilty' and is about political defence  – the story begins... Vale Clarke and Dawe On Wednesday, 26 June 2013, the Australian Labor Party killed political satire in Australia. After twenty-five years of producing a weekly satirical interview on ABC TV … Continue reading ‘Not Guilty’

Why the sacred fire is important to everyone

A week ago, Jagera elder, Kevin, was kicked out of his housing commission home. Tonight Kevin is in jail for re-lighting the sacred fire. A little after noon today, West End police arrested a traditional owner of Musgrave Park. Policewoman Luskin and policeman Keene acted under the direction of Sgt Brock Murphy, the officer-in--charge. A … Continue reading Why the sacred fire is important to everyone

AIDS Medical Unit rebranded as Clinic 2

Public Disobedience against LNP Government proposed closure of the AIDS Medical Unit rebranded as Clinic 2.Clinic 2 provides care for people living with human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV). Their team includes health care professionals expert in HIV and we provide education, information, medical and nursing support according to your needs. The pharmacy service has a specialist … Continue reading AIDS Medical Unit rebranded as Clinic 2

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 … Continue reading Council’s case against Homer reaches new depths

The People’s Voice – Newman breaks pledge to keep royal children’s hospital

NEWMAN BREAKS PLEDGE TO KEEP ROYAL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL The government has kept the public in the dark about closure of the -Royal Children's Hospital • Brisbane North will be deprived of the readily accessible and comprehensive paediatric accident & emergency service currently provided by Royal Children's. • Closure of Royal Children's will cripple the Royal … Continue reading The People’s Voice – Newman breaks pledge to keep royal children’s hospital

Abigroup sends in agent provocateur

Mr Carnegie is being charged with breaching a court order made by construction company AbiGroup on September 5 2012 which purportedly prohibited him from coming within 100m of a construction site. But Mr Carnegie's counsel, Peter Morrissey argues the original order failed to specify the proper geographical location of the site from which Bob was … Continue reading Abigroup sends in agent provocateur

1000 Warrior March, Brisbane

We assembled at 12 noon, Saturday 9th Feb Musgrave Park at the tent embassy and lit the sacred fire. At 1pm about fifty (50) people marched to the indigenous all stars game at Lang park over the river. Before we marched Boe Skuthorpe-Spearim, Coco Wharton, Michael Anderson and Aunty Karen spoke. This what Coco Wharton … Continue reading 1000 Warrior March, Brisbane

Why QLD’s coal and gas boom matters to you, Brisbane, Wed Nov 14, 5.45pm

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. mark@tai.org.au Web. http://www.tai.org.au

Rallies against Qld Government

Qld Teacher Union rally on Tuesday 21 August Qld Uncut rally Thursday 23rd August (Social services organisations campaign) Combined Unions rally (will be very large!!) Wednesday 12th September. also info below on activities in other parts of Qld [Thanks Ross and Jim] *** [Editor's Note: this material is from Qld Council of Unions] 'Stand for … Continue reading Rallies against Qld Government

Opposed to forced fluoridation ? – Please sign the Qld Parliament E-Petitions

If you are opposed to the forced fluoridation of Queensland public water supplies – please sign one, or preferably all three of these E- petitions – it is simple and takes only a few minutes. Currently on the Queensland Parliament E-Petition Site there are three anti fluoride petitions – please click on the 3 links … Continue reading Opposed to forced fluoridation ? – Please sign the Qld Parliament E-Petitions

Back to the Future – The Shape of Things to Come – The Queensland Labour Movement Under Conservative Governments – Then and Now!

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 as well as more focussed papers on particular disputes and events. We are particularly interested … Continue reading Back to the Future – The Shape of Things to Come – The Queensland Labour Movement Under Conservative Governments – Then and Now!

Failing Energy Policy and Climate Change – Why can’t Australia get it right?

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 of the renewable energy industry (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) industries. Articles in Climate Spectator … Continue reading Failing Energy Policy and Climate Change – Why can’t Australia get it right?

Edge of Darkness: damned walls, floods and landslides

Editor's Note: This is one of a series of articles under the heading 'Edge of Darkness' authored by Trevor Berrill (Sustainable Energy Systems Consultant & Educator) and Ian Curr (BSc UQ Grad Dip ATAX). These articles are about systemic failure i.e. to properly manage Queensland's water, power, and transport systems in an ecologically sustainable way. … Continue reading Edge of Darkness: damned walls, floods and landslides

Vale Alistair Hulett — eulogy by David Rovics

"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 … Continue reading Vale Alistair Hulett — eulogy by David Rovics

How a union survives

"There are plenty of examples of socialists who are not Marxists; but to be a Marxist, you have to be a socialist" — H. McQueen Contents Introduction by Humphrey McQueen 1991 Victorian Branch Report [Builders Labourers Federation] by John Cummins FINANCES B.W.I.U.'s INTERNAL POSITION OTHER BUSINESS BRANCH OFFICIALS & STAFF ********************************************************************** Introduction This document (John … Continue reading How a union survives

Who will save Yungaba — ‘the land of the sun’?

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 just wonderin' When we get the land back" — Kev Carmody 'Thou shalt not steal' … Continue reading Who will save Yungaba — ‘the land of the sun’?

Sustainable Homes Program – Oct, 2009

Location:         69 Thomas St., West End Dates/Time:     Saturday, 17 Oct, 9am to 3.30pm Sunday, 18 Oct, 9am to 1pm Cost: $120 per person (cash only) tberrill@powerup.com.au Ph. 07 3207 5077 or Mob 0400 177 283 Day 1 Session No. Time Content 1 9:00 Welcome and Program Objectives / Introductions 2 9:15 Big Picture: Energy demand … Continue reading Sustainable Homes Program – Oct, 2009

The Paradigm Shift on Food, Conflict …

The Paradigm Shift on Food 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 … Continue reading The Paradigm Shift on Food, Conflict …

‘Killing no Murder’

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 … Continue reading ‘Killing no Murder’

Victorian Union’s rally to demand "Best Practice" National OHS Laws

by Peter Curtis AEU 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 … Continue reading Victorian Union’s rally to demand "Best Practice" National OHS Laws

Australia’s ‘Construction Stasi’

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 … Continue reading Australia’s ‘Construction Stasi’

Abolish the Australian Building & Construction Commission

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 … Continue reading Abolish the Australian Building & Construction Commission