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 to your needs.… Go to Article

Tunnel vision on safety

Safety incidents

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.

Go to Article

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 said:

“Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Richard Laco.… Go to Article

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 in a particular industry is acceptable.

Go to Article

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 legislation passed in the dead of night.… Go to Article

‘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 on Thursday evenings, it is rumoured the Australian Broadcasting Corporation have contracted out the segment to ALP spin doctors.… Go to Article

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.… Go to Article

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 HIV pharmacy.… 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

The People’s Voice – 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 Women’s neonatal units, forcing newborns requiring surgery to be separated from their mothers for transport to the Mater site

• Two and a half years before its scheduled closure, Royal Children’s is being systematically gutted by a hostile Board.… Go to Article

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 supposedly banned.… Go to Article

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.Go to Article

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 Queensland’ State-wide Community Day of Action
The Stand for Queensland State-wide Community Day of Action is fast approaching.… Go to Article

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 in the table below to access

This is an opportunity for you to send a message to Premier Newman and Queensland MPs.Go to Article

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.… Go to Article

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.

Go to Article

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.Go to Article

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


Introduction by Humphrey McQueen

1991 Victorian Branch Report [Builders Labourers Federation] by John Cummins





**********************************************************************Go to Article

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’

If you walk underneath the Storey bridge you can see what has happened.… Go to Article

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 things, a food self-reliance consultant.… Go to Article

‘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 members prosecuted by the factory inspectors and conduct their cases on behalf of the Association.… Go to Article

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 has to offer if they are to set a new national minimum standard.Go to Article

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 up but refuses to answer, or if he answers but then tells anyone what the questions were.… Go to Article

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 hand towel to get better conditions on his construction worksite at Flinders University.… Go to Article