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Developers and West End residents to meet and discuss Absoe site development

West End residents and community groups will meet with representatives from Brisbane City Council and developer Payce this Sunday to discuss the proposed development of the former Absoe site on Boundary St. The former furniture factory, and more recently site … Continue reading

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News from Freedom Flotilla to West Papua

SPEAK TO CANDIDATES ABOUT: * WEST PAPUAN INDEPENDENCE * STOPPING MILITARY AID TO THE TNI * BRINGING TNI WAR CRIMINALS TO JUSTICE * DEMANDING INDONESIA COMPENSATE THE VICTIMS OF THE TNI Dear Friends in solidarity with West Papua, Timor-Leste and … Continue reading

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Egypt army detains deposed president Mursi, aides

Egypt’s army overthrew and detained Mohammed Mursi in an abrupt end to the Islamist’s first year in office following days of bloodshed and protests demanding his resignation, as the head of Egypt’s Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, was sworn in as … Continue reading

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Marxism 2013: African American civil rights campaigner and Black Panther

African American civil rights campaigner and Black Panther BILLY X JENINNGS Speaks at Marxism 2013 conference Saturday 30th March, 2pm University of Melbourne, Student Union Building TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST! http://www.marxismconference.org Read below about the interconnection between the American Black … Continue reading

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Corroboree marks first anniversary of the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy

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Speech by Wayne “Coco” Wharton March 24 2013 Today marks twelve months since we first come back down here, when we first put the Embassy up. Today is twelve months since we did that. The actual 24th of March is … Continue reading

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Murdoch supports ‘children of the revolution’

The AUSTRALIAN newspaper made libelous statements against Boycott Divestments and Sanctions campaign today. The paper labels the BDS walking tour in Brisbane on the weekend (28 Aug 2012) as ‘extremist’? The claims printed in the Australian article [Shop targeted for … Continue reading

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Assange – Don’t Shoot the Messenger

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WikiLeaks, a free press publishing and media organisation, has revealed human rights abuses, war crimes and corruption in governments across the world. Yet the US Administration wants to close WikiLeaks down and prosecute its founder Julian Assange. International financial services … Continue reading

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Man on Roof to Challenge Bank Sale of Community Centre

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Friends of Ahimsa House Press Release At 10am on the morning of Wednesday 14th December 2011 Friend of Ahimsa House activist, Bernie Neville, will climb onto the roof of AHIMSA (Peace) House, 26 Horan Street, West End and hang a … Continue reading

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Palestinian civil society welcomes Agrexco liquidation, calls for celebration of this BDS victory

Press Releases, Statements Palestinian civil society welcomes Agrexco liquidation, calls for celebration of this BDS victory Posted on September 12, 2011 by Palestinian BDS National Committee For Immediate Release – September 12, 2011 – Supporters of Palestinian rights claim victory … Continue reading

Labor 4A Just Palestine weekly report beginning 20 September including FSU QLD motion

Dear all

Also attached Finance Sector Union (Queensland) motion.

Regards

David Forde

Labor 4A Just Palestine

[Editors Note: See also A Shift in Palestine?]

Weekly update for week beginning 20/09/10

This week’s articles

· UN Protection of Civilians (2) Weekly Report 15- 21 September

· BBC – Israeli raid on Gaza aid flotilla broke law – UN probe

· Maan – Israel to cut off East Jerusalem villages

· Guardian – Israel’s unreasonable demand

· Part 2 : “Settlers” Tour of Hate Through Occupied Hebron

· AFP / Sonja Karkar – Sabra and Shatila On massacres, atrocities and holocausts

· LA Times – UN: Israel’s absence during Obama speech draws attention

· Baltimore Chronicel – Israel Denies Gazans Access to Their Own Land and Waters

· Ynetnews – Israel rejects offer to join UN atomic agency

· All the latest from the Palestinian News agency Ma’an

UN Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 15 September – 21 September

Two Palestinians killed and 16 others injured throughout the oPt. In the West Bank, incidents in the context of Israeli violence continue. Demolitions in Area C and East Jerusalem resumed. Substandard schools in Area C. A two-day general closure imposed on the West Bank. In Gaza, the impact of the recently-applied easings remains limited. Thousands of students affected by a shortage of classrooms. Electricity cuts throughout Gaza remain in place: 4-6 hours per day. To read the report click on: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report

BBC – Israeli raid on Gaza aid flotilla broke law – UN probe

Israel’s military broke international laws during a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, a UN Human Rights Council investigation says. Its report said the action by commandos, which left nine dead, was “disproportionate” and “betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality”. To read the article and a link to the full report click on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11393836

Maan – Israel to cut off East Jerusalem villages

Israel began construction on Wednesday to separate Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem from the rest of the city, a local committee leader said. To read the article click on: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=316082

Guardian – Israel’s unreasonable demand

“The Palestinians must recognise Israel as a Jewish state.” This is the mantra of the Israeli prime minister. But is such recognition valid, necessary, or even appropriate? In 1993 Israel’s prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, called on the leader of the PLO, Yasser Arafat, to recognise Israel as a prerequisite for signing the Oslo agreement. Arafat delivered this recognition in an open letter, which Rabin accepted as sufficient . To read the article click on: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/sep/22/israel-jewish-state-palestin…

Part 2 : “Settlers” Tour of Hate Through Occupied Hebron

Following from part 1 on how illegal Jewish settlers backed by the Israeli military parade through the Palestinian village of Hebron lining up which Palestinian homes they will occupy. To watch click on:

AFP / Sonja Karkar – Sabra and Shatila On massacres, atrocities and holocausts

It happened twenty-eight years ago – 16 September 1982. A massacre (700 – 3,500) so awful that people who know about it cannot forget it. The photos are gruesome reminders – charred, decapitated, indecently violated corpses, the smell of rotting flesh, still as foul to those who remember it as when they were recoiling from it all those years ago. To read the article click on: http://australiansforpalestine.com/29820#more-29820

LA Times – UNITED NATIONS: Israel’s absence during Obama speech draws attention

President Obama’s call Thursday in an address before the U.N. General Assembly for Israel to extend its West Bank construction moratorium got little reaction from the Israeli delegation. That’s because they weren’t there. To read the article click on: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2010/09/president-obamas-call-thur…

Baltimore Chronicel – Israel Denies Gazans Access to Their Own Land and Waters

Throughout 43 years of occupation, Israel has waged war on Palestinians’ human rights and civil liberties, a new UN report providing more evidence that keeps mounting exponentially, adding clarity about an out-of-control rogue state operating lawlessly. To read the article click on: http://www.baltimorechronicle.com/2010/091910Lendman.shtml

Ynetnews – Israel rejects offer to join UN atomic agency

In response to Arab initiative, Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission chief says Jewish state only country to be singled out, asked to take decision against its national interests To read the article click on: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3958321,00.html

Palestinian News agency Ma’an

For all the latest from Ma’an News click on:http://www.maannews.net/eng/Default.aspx

FSU Queensland Branch motion September 2010.pdf

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Hi Everyone, Here’s a short video by the ETU, on behalf of Tommy Sebasio. Tommy, an Aboriginal electrician and key figure in his community of Bamaga, worked for Ergon Energy for 20 years, running the power and electricy network for … Continue reading

Questions to the candidates in the Federal election 2010

Development

Why do none of the political parties support ‘ecologically sustainable development’?

Energy

If the ALP and the federal Labor government support clean energy why is coal going gangbusters here in Queensland?

Climate Change

Do the candidates think that climate changes can be fixed under capitalism?

War and Higher Education

Why have political parties done so little to stop the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Why were political parties so gullible on WMDs in Iraq?

Background: When I was at the University of Queensland 40 years ago the biggest issue was peace — or more specifically opposition to the Vietnam war. If political candidates came on campus at UQ he would be harangued and harassed about this.

An ambassador from South Vietnam, Mr Quang, was even held up at the relaxation block while students debated with him his support for the war and Australia’s involvement in it.

There was an incident outside and police were called and a fire truck were called and some of students (opposed to the war) were hosed by water cannon.

Now my question coming to 2010 why is it that politicians and or candidates and other who have said little to about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan or have done little to oppose it visit campus without a word said. Why?

Union

Do the candidates support collective bargaining between unions and bosses? (eg at the University of Qld and the National Tertiary Education Union?)

If Universities continues to refuse such an agreement what will the candidates supportstrike action to force bosses to  live up to their obligation to bargain with the union?

Questions arose out of an NTEU Candidates forum at UQ

Present at the forum:

Steve Miles (ALP) candidate for Ryan.

Sandra Bayley (Greens) candidate for Ryan

Andrew Bonnell, chairperson

Neither Jane Prentice (Lib) not Michael Johnson (Ind) turned up

About 30 members of University of Queensland students and staff

Questions about Maritime Search and Rescue Operation

There are sensitive matters for loved ones when people die in tragic circumstances.

Timely, accurate and clear information is vital.

This morning 10 May 2010, I spoke to Belinda Cole (Media Contact at Minister for Home Affairs) about the tragedy which was mentioned in her Minister’s press release (almost as an afterthought).

I found her minister’s statement [MARITIME SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATION COMPLETE] to be ambiguous, incomplete, implausible and lacking in easily contactable sources (i.e. only vague references are made to departments like Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). Belinda was unable to answer my specific questions. She suggested I contact Customs Media by phone. She also suggested I contact AMSA. She gave me an AMSA number that was generic. When I rang AMSA’s media team I got a voice mail.

When I rang the phone number that Belinda gave me for the Media Team at Customs, Patricia suggested I email my questions concerning the above. If The Minister’s Press officer has sent me to the wrong agency where can I go? Why hasn’t AMSA answered my query?

With all that in mind…

The Minister for Home Affairs states:

“Surveillance aircraft were deployed to continue searching the rescue scene following reports from rescued passengers that five passengers were missing, having left the vessel several days ago before help arrived.”

A range of inferences may be drawn from this Press Release by the Minister.

The Media Statement may be saying that passengers left a ship in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It may suggest these passengers left objects behind ‘including lifejackets and tyre tubes’. It may be implying that they swam for help in open waters. What really happened to the Sri Lankan refugees at sea between the 29th April and the 9th May 2010? What did Australian Authorities do to help.

If these inferences are correct and bearing in mind the inability of the Minister to provide satisfactory answers to my questions, please provide clear unambiguous responses to my specific questions:

  1. Why is the Minister for Home Affairs speculating about possible tragic deaths at sea?
  2. If the deaths are confirmed by statements from the asylum seekers, are those deaths reportable under the Coroner’s Act?
  3. Why does the Minister for Home Affairs media report that AMSA found objects ‘including lifejackets and tyre tubes’ that may have been ‘associated with persons missing’?
  4. Why did passengers leave a ship in the middle of the Indian Ocean? Why would someone desert the only thing that stands between them and drowning? Why did they swim for help in open waters? What circumstances caused them to leave their boat and swim out in a floating tyre tube? Why did they desert their lifejackets?
  5. What really happened to the Sri Lankan refugees at sea between the 29th April and the 9th May 2010? Please advise when I can expect an answer to the questions above.

No reply has been received from any government agency to my questions above. No acknowledgement of recipt of my emails has been received.

Murdoch’s ‘Australian’ published a front page news article with the superficial explanation headed ‘Sri Lankans panicked in rescue bid’. The article quotes the third officer from the cargo ship MV Postojna that rescued the 59 refugees on the 18m fishing vessel MV Velankanni Matha said that the five people lost ‘decided to go for a swim in hope…. looking for help’.

There is no detail in the article or in other reports that would force passengers on a sea worthy vessel (albeit without fuel) to embark on such a hazardous ‘swim’ in the open sea.

There is no critical analysis by public servants in the Ministers office, in AMSA or in Customs or Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC) of the role of government policies in these tragic deaths.

Regards,
Ian Curr
07 3398 5215

** this article was sent to Media Team (Australian Customs Service) OR relevant government Minister/authority.

Nuclear-Free News & Events – March 10

Nuclear-Free News and Events… fun and important things to do!

1) Women begin epic walk to Canberra with message of Peace – launch March 13

2) Make your voice heard on the nuclear waste dump! Submissions due March 15

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No Australian support for Israel! Protest at Rudd’s office

UmmahMedia put together these videos of the protest at Rudd’s office on Thursday Jan 15, 12 noon, Morningside in Brisbane.

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Swindle Inc?

Swindle Inc? (15 December 2008) by Humphrey McQueen

With the exposure of the $US50bn scam by NASDAQ chairman Bernie Madoff, another joint has fallen off the walking corpse that is real existing capitalism. This latest blow to confidence is astounding for its simplicity. Madoff paid dividends out of new investments. He could do so because of irrational confidence in his kind. Continue reading

How bad can get it?

How bad can get it? (16 December 2008) by Humphrey McQueen

The Portuguese Communist and Nobel Prize-winning author, Jose Saramago published Blindness (1995) a novel in which an entire society loses the ability to see. Everything goes white. The blindness starts with a few cases, spreads, and becomes a pandemic. We can suppose that Saramago is thinking about ethical blindness. Nonetheless, for any moral to convince, he has to make us believe in the physical affliction. Continue reading

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Together with the images taken from the rally are two poems that were recited at the rally. To hear an audio of the rally click below and be patient. Sam-Watson’s- speech-on-human-rights — where Sam  points out that little has been … Continue reading

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Statement: Homeless World Cup Players

Statement Concerning Homeless World Cup Players

ASRC

10Th December 2008

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre asks the media to respect the privacy of the players who may be seeking legal advice about their future. Continue reading

Human Rights: Stop the Siege of Gaza

For several months, no years, the military siege of Gaza has been tightening.

Yet there has been near silence in the media in Australia.

However there are some reports from alternative news sources (in English) like Voice of Palestine, Al Manar, Press TV and Iraqi Beacon.

They all describe a grim situation for the people of Gaza.

Thanks to  Sonja Karkar and Australians for Palestine for the video created on 9 December 2008 using images captured by various courageous photographers
on the ground in Gaza, and the haunting sounds of Sada (Echo), composed and played on the oud by Ahmad Al-Khatib.

Today, Wednesday, 10 December 2008  is Human Rights Day. Continue reading

Solidarity public forum: what’s the future for childcare?

Solidarity public forum

ABC Learning
  • Save the centres
  • Save the jobs
What’s the future for childcare?

Presented by Ian Rintoul (Solidarity)

7pm Tuesday 9th December

2nd Floor, TLC Building, 16 Peel St, South Brisbane

Organised by Solidarity, for more information ring Mark on 3891 5385

The 17 Group discussion: George Orwell and Rugby League

Amor, morte, poesia, política, actualidade, futebol, efemérides, solidão, paz, humor, musica…tudo e nada;
Here we talk about life, love, death,
On this day in History, poetry, politics, football (soccer), solitude, peace, humour, music … nothing and all

from Nothingandall

The Great Rugby-League-discussing December Meeting and selflessly Trotsky-endorsed Christmas Party (but don’t bring Trotsky) of the 17 Group –

Wednesday the 3rd of December

at unit 6, 20 Drury St, West End

at 7 pm.

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A small win against a bad law for workers

There are many anti-worker laws out there. Also the way they are applied discriminates against workers.

One example is the case of customs officer, Shane Day, who won in the High Court against the tax commissioner on the issue of legal expenses incurred by him during his unfair dismissal case. Shane Day had to take the ATO commissioner to the High Court to win his legal expenses.

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The Voice of the Workers

Report from Building Unions Rally, Queens Park Brisbane on 2 Dec 2008.

Building site where her partner and fellow worker died
Building where her partner and fellow worker died

At the rally two women came up on stage – one was the partner of one of the workers

who had died after a fall of a swinging gantry at a Gold coast high rise (pictured) on 21 June 2008.

She asked her friend (the other woman on stage) to read out her statement about the lack of occupational health and safety that had killed her partner. Her courage matched her partner’s concern for the lack of safety on the job where he was working – where was the ABCC to prevent his death? Where was Kevin Rudd at the time? Well he was at “the Queensland Labor Party conference across the road from the site of the accident near the time it occurred” [See SMH article 25-storey death plunge]

“He offered his condolences to the victims’ families.” – Kevin Rudd as reported in SMH on 22 June 2008.

The day prior to the rally (1 December 2008) two workers were struck by a falling beam in a bus tunnel at Buranda in Brisbane (one died, the other badly injured).

What will be the response of government, courts and the ABCC to the partner of this dead worker and the partner of his badly injured mate?

Ian Curr
December 2008


Black Balloons for 18 deaths on Construction Sites this year

Building workers collect black balloons to commemorate 18 deaths on construction sites this year.

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Rights of Site Placard one day after death in South Brisbane Tunnel

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Human Rights Day

[Editorial Note: Please show your support for indigenous Australians  that lost their land under this settler state.]

From Lauren Mellor, Aboriginal Rights Coalition

To help with getting the Human Rights Day [HRD] statement out and endorsed by as broad a selection of organizations and individuals as possible below are the list of endorsements already received.

Human Rights Day

Rally,

2pm Saturday, 13 Dec 2008

Queens Park

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Activists Occupy Raytheon Lifts at Murrarie, Brisbane

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Aboriginal Treaty with St Mary’s, South Brisbane

An invitation to attend this community event from Sam Watson:

COMMUNITY NOTICE

SACRED TREATY SERVICE

TO BE HELD AT ST. MARY’S CHURCH, SOUTH BRISBANE, 4 PM SUNDAY, 30TH. NOVEMBER

ALL WELCOME

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Direct Action Forum: Introduction to the Venezuelan Revolution

6.30pm Wednesday, November 26venezuela

At the Direct Action Centre

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Political Leadership

Figs do not grow on barren trees — Ernie Lane in Dawn to Dusk – reminiscences of a rebel.

Were current and recent Labor leaders ever political activists in Queensland?

Please note: This article was written in response to questions raised by Humphrey McQueen in his piece titled The Very Right-wing Rev. Rudd

It prompted a bizaare exchange of views with a former Qld Special Branch officer which can be read below in the Comments section or in this compilation — After Joh: we’re all mates now Continue reading

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by Humphrey McQueen As part of his PR campaign, K. Rudd proclaimed that he had never been any kind of socialist. Instead, while playing Judas to his leader, he paraded his species of Christianity in an article for Manne Monthly. … Continue reading