Reporting the Brisbane G20

I want to try to spend tonight inspiring some of you to become reporters. What’s in a name? I use reporter because the word, journalist, is a too lofty for me – a name popularised by the self-important – journalists! A tip. As a reporter I used my real name, Jim Beatson. Mistake. If you … Continue reading Reporting the Brisbane G20

Lost film of the street marches

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 … Continue reading Lost film of the street marches

‘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’

The man who shot Don Mackay

Almost 40 years ago I was editor of The Murrumbidgee Irrigator newspaper at Leeton, and I was the conduit for information obtained by the late Don Mackay which I fed to the day editor of The Daily Telegraph, Harry Sherring, in respect of matters related to the activities of certain criminal elements in Griffith, specifically … Continue reading The man who shot Don Mackay

Palestine: open letter to Mark Scott, managing director of the ABC

To: Mark Scott, Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Dear sir, We are writing to ask you to change ABC policy with regard to its news reports on Palestine. There is bias by ABC news against Palestinians under illegal occupation by Israeli Military. For the past seven years, ABC news has presented a narrative concerning … Continue reading Palestine: open letter to Mark Scott, managing director of the ABC

Top 5 videos on BushTelegraph

According to You Tube these videos are Bush Telegraph's all time top videos 1. 1982 Land Rights Struggle - Brisbane Cmwlth Games 2. David Rovics - 'Laissez les bon temps rouler' (Let the good times roll) 3. Letter from Camp Hill 4. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land! 5. The … Continue reading Top 5 videos on BushTelegraph

Lies & Silence – bias in Australian media

On this sad morning there is no justice in the dawn So many years of dying where does hope get born Not over the broken and bloodied bodies of sleeping children Or the fork tongued lies of the criminals and their defenders — Phil Monsour Song for Gaza 2012 No More Lies No More Silence … Continue reading Lies & Silence – bias in Australian media

Mowing the Lawn in Gaza

In Washington, D.C. In 2010 an expert at a seminar said of the 2009 Israeli attack on Gaza " It's unfortunate, but every once in a while you have to mow the lawn."] The mainstream media’s coverage of all things Middle Eastern is almost always toxic. In times of war this toxicity exceeds tolerable levels. … Continue reading Mowing the Lawn in Gaza

Police, media and government violence

last saturday, 15 september 2012, the very peaceful welcome to aboriginal land passport ceremony was held at the settlement, darlington, whereby a great time was had by all 300+ who attended. we were contacted by the redfern police, as is their practice when an isja event occurs, to ask if they could be of any … Continue reading Police, media and government violence

Stromboli – a review

"I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, 'Here am I, here am I.'" — Isaiah 65:1 In the year I was born (1950) Roberto Rossellini made an extraordinary film, … Continue reading Stromboli – a review

Yes, Virginia, there are conspiracies

By Humphrey McQueen(Text of speech at Canberra Friends of Wikileaks, Coombs Lecture Theatre, Australian National University, 27 June 2012.) Once more, I have the honour of sharing a platform with Christine Assange. Since we were at the Sydney meeting in February, she has come through five tortuous months. Her calm yet loving commitment to keeping … Continue reading Yes, Virginia, there are conspiracies

Assange accuses US/Australian Governments of ‘slimy rhetoric’

PHOTOS, INTERVIEW & REPORTS from "Solidarity with Julian Assange" Vigils outside Brisbane Department of Foreign Affairs & Ecuadoran Embassy in London In support of Assange RSVP ( 12 confirmed) Brisbane Supreme Court *Monday June 25th. 12noon-2pm Supreme Court * Solidarity Vigil with Bradley Manning & Julian Assange - Bradley Manning is back in front of … Continue reading Assange accuses US/Australian Governments of ‘slimy rhetoric’

Sovereignty in Toomelah?

Over the weekend Corey joined members of the Brisbane Sovereign Embassy  on a trip out to Moree to do some embassy business, including spreading the message of sovereignty to the township of Toomelah.  Michael Anderson argues on this feature that the communities should stop paying rents while $$M are allocated to shire councils that can't guarantee … Continue reading Sovereignty in Toomelah?

What’s the plan, comrades?

I got a call from a friend this week asking if I had seen the front page of Wednesday's Australian. It was covering the 2012 Federal Budget. His wife had rung him from work saying have a look at the cartoon by Bill Leake showing Swan and Gillard leading a march under the Communist Party … Continue reading What’s the plan, comrades?

Campbell Newman and Bligh – a ‘quinella’ of losers

"In the courtroom of honor, the judge pounded his gavel To show that all's equal and that the courts are on the level And that the strings in the books ain't pulled and persuaded And that even the nobles get properly handled" In horse racing, when you pick two winners in any order it is … Continue reading Campbell Newman and Bligh – a ‘quinella’ of losers

4ZZZ’s Opening Statement in 1975

And something is happening here But you don’t know what it is Do you, Mister Jones ? — 'ballard of a thin man' by bob dylan Editor's Note: Thanks to the efforts of Peter Gray we now have the transcript and sound track of 4ZZZ's  initial broadcast on 8 December 1975. You can hear John … Continue reading 4ZZZ’s Opening Statement in 1975

‘Design your Dream’ ?

"It is illegal in Australia to mislead consumers regarding country of origin, if the label says 'Made in Australia' when it is Made in Israel then that is illegal.  CaesarStone have a retail outlet in Yatala between Brisbane and the Gold Coast CaesarStone Kitchen Benches Kibbutz Sdot-Yam has one of the CaesarStone manufacturing plants -  … Continue reading ‘Design your Dream’ ?

4PR – Voice of the People

It was an anti-uranium demonstration on Hamilton No 4 Wharf in August 1977. We were standing on the railway tracks in our home town Brisbane surrounded by 100 police. The uranium train was breathing down our necks. The Bjelke-Petersen government and mining companies were anxious to make a killing on the market while the price of … Continue reading 4PR – Voice of the People